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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 new political landscape in Manitoba can often be challenging and complex.   

This is an important opportunity for you to build strong 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

Gord Mackintosh, Senior Advisor – 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.  

Learn more about Gord here.

Logan Ross, Senior Vice President – 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. 

Learn more about Logan here.

Jean-Marc Prevost, Vice President – Western Canada 

Jean-Marc has held communications roles for eight ministers in the Manitoba government under Premiers Gary Doer and Greg Selinger, including leading communications for two record floods and Canada’s delegation to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. He has also has traveled to many First Nations across the prairies, working with Indigenous organizations to develop public and private partnerships that support Indigenous environmental, education, training, employment, and housing initiatives. Jean-Marc started his career as a journalist, working at CJOB, CityTV, and CTV Winnipeg. He also worked as a freelance contributor to The Carillon, CBC Manitoba, and the Winnipeg Free Press. 

Learn more about Jean-Marc here.

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.

Learn more about Brad here.

Jennifer Henshaw, Associate Vice President – Prairies 

Combining her passion for government relations, public policy development, and communications, Jennifer is a key member of Counsel’s Manitoba team. With almost a decade’s worth of experience in Manitoba government-focused advocacy with both Restaurants Canada as the VP for the Prairies and the North and with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, as the Senior Policy Analyst in the Prairies, Jennifer has built a strong reputation with both political parties and has a proven ability to effectively advocate on a broad range of major policy issues. She also has a wealth of experience on the other side of the advocacy table, having held positions in the Prime Minister’s office and with multiple elected officials from the federal and provincial governments.  

Learn more about Jennifer here.

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.

Learn more about Deron here.

Wondering where to start? 

Book a call with our Manitoba Team today. 

Contact us: manitoba@counselpa.com | 204.720.3662 

ICYMI: Webinar – FOCUSING ON THE FUTURE: What to expect from Manitoba’s new Government. 

On December 13, 2023, Counsel Public Affairs hosted a webinar featuring special guests: 

  • Niigaan Sinclair, Columnist & Professor – University of Manitoba 
  • Kelly Saunders, Professor – Brandon University 
  • Tom Broadbeck, Columnist – Winnipeg Free Press 
  • Emily Coutts, Principal Secretary – Manitoba Premier’s Office 

Watch the recorded version below. 

 

 

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