WINNIPEG, June 16, 2021 – Counsel Public Affairs is proud to announce former Manitoba cabinet minister and legislator Gord Mackintosh has joined the firm as a Principal as Counsel continues to grow its national public affairs and public relations consultancy.

“Only a handful of Canadian politicians have spent more time as a senior provincial cabinet minister than Gord Mackintosh. Even fewer share Gord’s depth of experience stickhandling the most critical issues of our times,” said Counsel Public Affairs President and Founding Partner, Phillip Dewan. For over 16 years Gord Mackintosh served in the Manitoba cabinet, including time as:

• Minister of Justice and Attorney General,
• Minister of Family Services, Housing, and Consumer Affairs,
• Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship,
• Government House Leader,
• Minister responsible for Constitutional Affairs,
• Minister charged with the administration of the Liquor Control Act; and
• Minister charged with the administration of The Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation Act.

Gord represented the people of the north Winnipeg riding of St. Johns in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly for nearly 23 consecutive years (1993-2016), never having lost an election.

Prior to entering politics, Gord worked for the Canadian Human Rights Commission and Manitoba Human Rights Commission. He also served as Deputy Clerk of the Manitoba Legislature. Throughout his legal career, Gord has specialized in environmental issues. Notably, he was counsel to Elijah Harper during the Meech Lake constitutional debates of 1990.

“Manitoba is focused and primed for economic growth and recovery. I am excited to join the team at Counsel Public Affairs as we help our clients achieve success both here in Manitoba and across the country,” said Mackintosh.

“Gord knows better than anyone the day-to-day pressures cabinet ministers are under to move priority files forward, and the often-conflicting advice they receive from their ministry officials, political advisors, and stakeholders. That experience, as well as Gord’s strong network across Manitoba and throughout Canada, will bring great value to Counsel’s clients who will have the pleasure of working with him,” added Counsel Public Affairs Partner & Vice-President, Western Canada, Brad Lavigne.