Vice President, Ontario Government Relations
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- Housing and Residential Land Development
- Commercial Land Development
- Infrastructure and Construction
- Professional Associations
- Ontario Government Relations – Provincial and Municipal Affairs
Devan Sommerville is an experienced government relations professional. He has engaged with many of Ontario’s leading elected officials and policy practitioners on the challenging issues confronting Ontario today. Devan is an impactful lobbyist with a balance of practical public policy experience and forward-thinking insight. Today, Devan specializes in Ontario Government Relations – Housing and Land Development.
Devan has advocated on behalf of a diverse range of clients across many sectors. These sectors include the emerging and innovative economy, residential and commercial development, housing, infrastructure & construction, environment, health care, and entertainment.
He is also an experienced member of Counsel’s Indigenous Facilitation practice. Devan supports both private and public sector clients in navigating culturally-sensitive and respectful engagement with First Nations and Indigenous peoples in Ontario.
Prior to joining Counsel’s public affairs agency, Devan served as the Senior Policy Advisor to two of Ontario’s Ministers for Municipal Affairs and Housing. In this role, he was responsible for providing strategic advice to the Minister on a wide range of issues involving development and land use across Ontario, including the Growth Plan and Greenbelt. He oversaw the completion of Ontario’s updated Provincial Policy Statement, a pivotal land-use planning policy document for municipalities across the province. He also held a critical role in directing the course of a major consultation on the future of the Planning Act and the Development Charges Act.
In addition, Devan previously served in a similar capacity for both the Minister of Labour and the Premier of Ontario. These progressively senior roles enabled him to engage closely with key issues affecting numerous strategic sectors of the Ontario economy.
Devan holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto.