Counsel Public Affairs is pleased to announce the addition of Johanna Chevalier to its rapidly growing team of consultants. Johanna joins as Associate Vice President, with a primary focus on Counsel’s Ontario clients.

“We are very pleased to have such a dedicated and experienced community leader join our Ontario team,” said Michael Ras, Senior Vice President and Ontario Practice Lead, “Johanna’s experience runs the gamut – as both a Town and Regional Councillor and a political campaign leader, she has tackled crises, led strategic plans to address complex issues, and committed herself to creating real change in her community. We can’t wait to see her bring her broad skill set and connections to our clients.”

A former two-term Councillor for the Town of Caledon and Region of Peel, Johanna has worked closely with residents, government representatives, non-profits, and a wide range of stakeholders to support the highest growth municipality in Ontario.

In addition to representing the interests of the over 20, 000 diverse residents of Caledon’s Ward 2, Johanna drove advocacy positions on high-profile issues such as human trafficking, intimate partner/family violence, anti-Black racism, and illegal land use. Her tireless work led media, fellow Councillors, and service agencies to recognize Johanna as the leading political ally for Anti-Human Trafficking on the Peel Region and Caledon Councils.

Johanna was also the Chair of the Region of Peel’s DEAR (Diversity, Equity and Anti Racism) Committee, which brought the Anti-Black Racism Crisis to the forefront in the Region and is considered a model for other Ontario municipalities. Johanna has sat on numerous additional committees and boards, the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance, Credit Valley Conservation, and committees addressing government relations, health system integration, and police internet safety.

At the provincial level, Johanna applied her substantial communications and strategic skills to leading a successful campaign for Deputy Premier Sylvia Jones in the 2022 election.

Counsel is excited to welcome yet another strong addition to our growing team.