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Sheamus Murphy

Partner and Federal Practice Lead

Expertise:

  • Federal Government Relations in Canada
  • Health Care and Pharmaceuticals
  • Education
  • Natural Resources and Climate Change
  • Transportation
  • Equality and Culture
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Sheamus has over 20 years of experience in federal government relations in Canada, lobbying, strategic communications, and public affairs, including on Parliament Hill, at Queen’s Park, and in the private sector.

In 2016, Sheamus expanded Counsel Public Affairs’ federal government offering by opening a new Ottawa office, where he is bringing Counsel’s brand of hands-on, policy-based government relations to Parliament Hill.

As Partner and Federal Practice Lead, Sheamus leads a high-performing team focused on multiple Canadian sectors including; health care, natural resources, climate change, Indigenous affairs, gender equality, culture, labour, research, pharmaceuticals, education, procurement, transportation, and technology.

Sheamus has been consistently named one of Parliament Hill’s Top 100 Lobbyists since 2016 by the Hill Times and was dubbed “The Persuader” by Toronto Life magazine.

Sheamus has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the federal government scene, having managed communications on the full range of national issues for the Liberal caucus in the House of Commons in opposition. He also served as Director General of the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta.

Before joining Counsel Public Affairs, he was Acting Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Communications at Shoppers Drug Mart. At Queen’s Park, Sheamus served as Director of Communications to the Minister of Health and Long-term Care and in senior roles with the Attorney General and Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Sheamus is a director of the Government Relations Institute of Canada and White Ribbon Canada. He holds a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta, both specializing in political science. He is originally from Edmonton.