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VICTORIA, November 21, 2019 – Counsel Public Affairs is excited to announce the addition of Jim Rutkowski, a seasoned government relations and communications professional, to its growing Western Canada division. Rutkowski will be a Senior Associate with Counsel, based out of Victoria.

“All eyes are on Western Canada in the wake of the federal election, and the ability to navigate the multifaceted terrain of British Columbia and across the west is essential. I’m proud to be joining Counsel’s team of experienced consultants, and look forward to helping our clients achieve success,” said Rutkowski.

Rutkowski has served in a variety of senior political roles including Chief of Staff to BC Opposition Leader and now-Finance Minister, Carole James, and Principal Secretary to former Alberta Premier, Rachel Notley. He has worked extensively in government relations across every sector of the western economy, including significant experience in the energy field.

Over his career, Rutkowski has developed a deep appreciation of how governments approach decisions and how best to constructively engage decision makers. He has also overseen the development and execution of impactful communications and public relations campaigns across a wide range of issues.

“Jim’s depth and breadth of experience make him an indispensable resource for our clients in an increasingly complex Western political landscape. We’re thrilled to have him on board with Counsel in British Columbia, where we now have dedicated consultants in both Vancouver and Victoria,” said Brad Lavigne, Counsel’s Vice President for Western Canada.

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For media enquiries:

Alissa Von Bargen

VP, Public Relations and Campaigns

avonbargen@counselpa.com

416.419.2810