Our team of Manitoba-based consultants and NDP insiders have you covered.

Manitoba has elected a historic new government led by Wab Kinew and the NDP. Navigating the political landscape can be challenging and complex during a time of transition.  

This is an important opportunity for you to make connections with the new government and advocate for your organization and your industry’s interests. 

A trusted local partner can help you build relationships, communicate effectively, and ultimately achieve your goals.  

That’s where Counsel Public Affairs comes in. 

Meet the Team

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Gord Mackintosh, Principal – Manitoba 

Only a handful of Canadian politicians have spent more time as a senior provincial cabinet minister than Gord, who served over 25 years in both the Gary Doer and Greg Selinger NDP governments. Gord’s depth of experience in the Manitoba government includes overseeing the portfolios of Justice and Attorney General, Family Services and Housing, Conservation and Water Stewardship, and more. 


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Leezann Freed-Lobchuk, Account Director – Manitoba 

With over a decade of experience in some of Western Canada’s highest-profile corporate, government, and non-profit institutions. Leezann is a skilled government relations professional who has worked in NDP governments in Manitoba and Alberta and most recently served on the Manitoba NDP’s recent successful election campaign.  


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Logan Ross, Senior Vice President, Communications and Campaigns – Manitoba 

With over a decade of experience in Manitoba politics and government. Logan knows the ins and outs of how the Manitoba Government operates. Her past work includes working closely with all Deputy Ministers and the public service on the COVID-19 response and whole-of-government transformation projects. She currently serves as the Service to Members Chair on the board for the Institute of Public Administration – Manitoba Chapter, an organization dedicated to promoting public service and policy excellence.


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Jean-Marc Prevost, Vice President – Western Canada 

Jean-Marc helps clients effectively navigate the mechanics of government, with an understanding gleaned from nearly two decades in public service and political work for NDP governments in Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia.  Jean-Marc’s past experience includes leading B.C. Health’s communications team. From the first confirmed COVID-19 case to the first vaccine shot, he supported the Health Minister and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on their globally-recognized pandemic response. 


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Brad Lavigne, Partner – Western Canada 

Named one of the Hill Times Top 100 Lobbyists, Brad has over 25 years of communications, government relations, and political experience. He served as the NDP National Campaign director in 2011 and as Principal Secretary and Director of Communications for the Hon. Jack Layton. He is the author of the bestselling book Building the Orange Wave: The Inside Story of the Historic Rise of Jack Layton and the NDP and is a weekly panelist on CBC News Network’s Power & Politics.


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Deron Bilous, Senior Vice President – Western Canada 

Deron served three terms in the Alberta Legislature, both in opposition and government. In addition to being appointed Minister of Municipal Affairs and Service Alberta – he created the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (EDT) to attract international investment, leverage science and innovation, and support the Alberta business ecosystem. During his tenure, he developed important working relationships with senior industry and economic development leaders across Alberta and around the world. 

Wondering where to start? Counsel has you covered. 

Book a call with our Manitoba Team today. 

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