Vice President, Federal Advocacy
- Health Care
- Natural Resources
Sheamus has over 15 years of experience in government, communications and public affairs, including on Parliament Hill, at Queen’s Park and in the private sector.
Before joining Counsel, 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 knows the federal scene intimately, having managed communications on the full range of national issues for the Liberal caucus in the House of Commons. He also served as Director General of the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta.
In 2016, Sheamus expanded Counsel’s federal government public affairs offering by opening a new Ottawa office, where he is bringing Counsel’s brand of hands-on, policy-based government relations to Parliament Hill. He was named one of Parliament Hill’s Top 100 Lobbyists for the past 3 years (2016, 2017 & 2018) by the Hill Times and dubbed “The Persuader” by Toronto Life magazine.
In his role at Counsel, Sheamus is focused primarily on federal government advocacy, working closely with the government relations team to support Counsel’s clients. In addition, he will lend his communications and political expertise to the firm’s integrated PR capabilities, corporate communications offerings and Ontario GR efforts.
Sheamus 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.