We are Crestview Strategy,
a public affairs agency.
We are Crestview Strategy, a public affairs agency. Based out of our offices in Toronto and Ottawa we service clients in every part of Canada.
Government relations has changed. It is now about a strategy of making the best case to the right decision and opinion makers.
We use cutting edge online tools and campaign tactics that allow activists to take your case directly to opinion makers.
Our team members have worked in leadership roles in government and politics at all levels and in the private sector as well.
Government relations has changed.
Our team members have worked in leadership roles in government and politics at the municipal, provincial and federal levels across Canada.
We stand apart by offering our clients a full suite of integrated services to meet their particular and unique needs. As you will see from the members of our team, we bring together a unique array of skills and experience that can shift opinions on your issue.
Mobile: 1 (613) 277-6365
Christine is a partner at Crestview bringing 20 years of experience in government and public affairs.
Christine has spent nearly a decade advising corporations and trade associations on government relations, stakeholder engagement and issues management.
Prior to joining a public affairs firm in 2007, Christine spent 11 years at Queens’ Park. After playing a key role in Premier McGuinty’s successful campaign in 2003, Christine was a member of his senior staff team for his first mandate. In the successful 2007 election Christine served as co-director of the Ontario Liberal war room.
Christine chaired the Liberal Campaign Communications Committee, working on messaging, media relations, advertising and acting as the party’s official spokesperson for the 2011 campaign. Christine served on the Ontario Liberal Party Executive for 5 years as Vice-President-Communications. In 2013 she served as the Secretary General for the Ontario Liberal Party Leadership Convention, overseeing the execution of a series of debates, a successful campaign period and convention where Premier Kathleen Wynne was elected.
Mobile: 1 (416) 802-2187
Direct: 1 (416) 645-2912 X 113
Rob has over 20 years of experience in politics, corporate communications, public affairs and business strategy, a career that has included leadership roles in both the private and public sector. Rob brings this unique perspective from both the commercial and political worlds to build on Crestview’s successful government relations practice.
Rob joins Crestview after recently managing the largest division of a multi-national public relations agency. As an independent consultant Rob has provided corporate reputation, issues management and public affairs advice to clients in numerous and varied industries and markets. He has been the lead executive with responsibility for brand reputation, strategic planning, investor relations and regulatory affairs for some of Canada’s largest companies including Hudson’s Bay Company, Loblaws, and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.
And prior to these corporate officer roles, Rob was the Director of Public Affairs, Canada, Edelman Public Relations Worldwide; Director of Communications and Press Secretary for the Mayor of the City of Toronto; Principal at the communications firm, Perkins Moore Associates; and a senior political aide to a Federal Member of Parliament.
Rob has been a leader in the global corporate social responsibility and sustainability community. Serving on the Board of Directors of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility since 2005. Including acting as Interim President & CEO and now is the Board Chair.
Rob serves as an advisory Board, Committee Member and Board Director to numerous community and not-for-profit organizations including Canadian Business for Social Responsibility; Canadian Journalism Foundation; Community Living Ontario; Evergreen Foundation; and the YMCA of Greater Toronto.
Direct: 1 (416) 645-2916
Chad Rogers is a founding partner at Crestview Strategy. He helps companies and industry associations make their case to governments and mobilize coalitions that support jobs, growth and investment.
He previously led the research practice at a national public affairs firm. Chad was a Country Director with the Washington based National Democratic Institute (led by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright).
Chad has worked with governments and political leaders in Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Georgia, Iraq, Jordan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Pakistan, Serbia, Trinidad & Tobago and Ukraine.
He served as a Senior Advisor to Nova Scotia Premier John Hamm, worked on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and has volunteered on campaigns at the municipal, provincial and federal level.The Hill Times magazine named him of the the ‘Top 100 Lobbyists’ in 2014.
Chad is currently a board member of Action Against Hunger/ACF Canada, the Canadian Club of Toronto and the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy. He has previously served on the board of Save The Children and the Kosova Democratic Institute.
Direct: 1 (416) 645-2915
Mark Spiro founded Crestview in 2004. Having worked in a senior capacity in both the public and corporate sectors, Mark brings clients a unique insight into managing and mitigating public affairs risks using an evidence-based approach to managing opinions.
Over the past twenty-five years, Mark has organized and executed campaigns for both political and corporate clients which rely on the practical application of understanding the dynamics of opinion and how it can impact the public policy process. Whether for approvals of large-scale mergers or asset acquisitions, regulatory reforms or legislative changes, Mark has delivered winning outcomes for clients in Canada, the United States, Australia and Israel.
Mark’s passion lies in analyzing, affecting and mobilizing opinion to create public affairs victories. He has pioneered techniques for effectively measuring opinions among key audiences and, in particular, using research to identify when and how opinions can be leveraged and mobilized for their greatest political impact. Using the latest technology and battle-tested tactics, Mark has crafted winning campaigns based around mobilizing public opinion in practical terms by connecting voters directly with their elected representatives.
Direct: 1 (613) 232-3192 x 221
He is a graduate of both the University of Victoria ( Honours- Political Science, 1972) and the University of British Columbia ( Law- 1976).
He has spent the majority of his professional career( 1977-79 and again from 1982-2001) as a practicing lawyer in British Columbia with particular expertise in commercial and estate law and practice. He also has had considerable experience and knowledge of constitutional law having taught courses for many years in Constitutional law and Canadian Government and Politics at the University of Victoria in both the Department of Political Science and the Graduate School of Public Administration.
Mike has had a vast experience working in Parliament and legislatures for and with federal and provincial cabinet ministers, MPs and MLAs. He first worked in the minority House of Commons under the Parliamentary Internship Scholarship Program from 1972-73. From 1979-1980 he served as Legislative and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence and Veterans’ Affairs in Ottawa and subsequently as Ministerial Assistant to the Minister of Industry and Small Business Development for the Province of British Columbia from 1980-82.
Since 2001, he has served in various senior executive parliamentary and political positions in Ottawa. From 2001-2005 he was the Deputy-Director and then Director of Policy and Research in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition. From 2005-2007 he served as Executive Director of the Conservative Party of Canada. From January, 2007 to October, 2008 he then served as the Senior Policy Advisor for Legislation and Democratic Reform to the Government House Leader.
He was then engaged in some research and lecturing including the publication of an article for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy on the taxation of crown corporations in Canada. Since April of 2009, he has been employed as a Strategic Advisor and General Manager of Crestview.
He has also been a veteran of over 12 federal election campaigns at both the local and national level as well as over half a dozen provincial campaigns in British Columbia
Mike has been married to his wife Marilyn for 38 years and has been blessed with three sons and four granddaughters.
Direct: 1 (416) 645-2912 x 107
Ginny Movat is a consultant with Crestview Strategy working out of the Toronto office.
Prior to joining the Crestview team, Ginny worked at Queen’s Park and as party organizer for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario.
At Crestview Ginny acts as the lead consultant for both national trade organizations and corporate clients with a specific focus on servicing clients in the disruptive economy space helping them navigate the regulatory and legislative challenges that exist with new market entry.
Ginny holds a Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Contemporary Studies from the University of King’s College in Nova Scotia. She has appeared as a panelist and contributor on television and radio commenting on a wide range of political issues for CTV, CityTV and other media outlets.
Mobile: 1 (613) 889-8737
Direct: 1 (613) 232 3192 X 224
Ashton Arsenault is a researcher with Crestview Strategy based out of the Ottawa office.
Prior to joining Crestview, Ashton worked as a political aid on Parliament Hill where he was responsible for parliamentary affairs and issues management for the Minister of National Revenue. Prior to that, he worked as a legislative researcher in the Official Opposition Office in Prince Edward Island. He continues to volunteer in electoral politics at the federal level.
Ashton has been involved in politics for several years, serving as a campaign manager for a Conservative candidate in the 2015 General Election. As well, he served as the University of Prince Edward Island’s Chair of Council from 2011-2012.
Ashton holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Prince Edward Island and a Master of Political Management from Carleton University in Ottawa.
Mobile: 1 (613) 889 8737
Direct: 1 (613) 232 3192 x 226
Joanna is a consultant with Crestview Strategy, working out of the Ottawa office. Joanna utilizes her academic and professional experiences, both in Canada and abroad, to offer a unique perspective while creating effective government relations and communication strategies.
Prior to joining Crestview, Joanna worked as a public affairs professional where she applied her strengths in evaluating, analyzing, identifying key business drivers and stakeholder impacts to a variety of sectors. Joanna’s experience intersects the public and private sector in a number of areas including pay equity compensation and human resources, product management and program operations, business and financial services, and international research and policy.
While working in Washington, D.C., Joanna developed and implemented major fundraising and stakeholder engagement initiatives at a leading U.S. think-tank focusing on policy analysis, exchange, and communication on energy related issues in Western Hemisphere affairs.
Joanna holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History with a Specialization in Russian, Colonial, and African History from the University of Ottawa. She is currently a Master’s candidate at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs with a focus on political communication.
Direct: 1 (416) 645-2912 x 106
Mobile: 1 (416) 220-5291
Frank Parker is a consultant with Crestview Strategy, based in Toronto.
Prior to joining Crestview Strategy, Frank was a public affairs consultant working on various research, communications and government relations files for clients.
He also spent several years working on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, advising Cabinet Ministers, Senators and MPs on public policy, strategic communications and stakeholder relations. During this time, he prepared in-depth policy briefings, drafted speeches, and provided detailed data analyses on a wide variety of issues.
Frank has worked on numerous political campaigns at all levels, including two national political campaigns. He specializes in research, public policy development and strategic communications.
Mobile: 1 (416) 333 6489
Direct: 1 (416) 645 2912 X 101
Sarina Rehal is a Consultant with Crestview Strategy based out of Toronto.
Sarina has worked in strategic planning, and management and implementation of advocacy and engagement campaigns of local, national, and international nature. She has experience working with diverse stakeholders, building partnerships, and bridging different sectors while working towards shared objectives. Sarina brings specific experience in CSR, non-profits, and campaign development.
Sarina has her BA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, and her MBA from the Schulich School of Business. Sarina speaks Punjabi and English, and serves on the board of Twist Out Cancer.
Mobile: 1 (416) 645-2912 x 102
Direct: 1 (647) 208-5354
Gabriela Gonzalez is a consultant with Crestview Strategy working in the Toronto office.
Prior to joining the Crestview team, Gabriela worked at Queen’s Park for four years and is a long-time organizer with the Ontario Liberal Party and the Liberal Party of Canada. Most recently, she worked as a Senior Communications and Operations Advisor to Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development and Growth. Prior to that role, she was the Toronto Regional Advisor at the Liberal Caucus Service Bureau. She also worked for Premier Kathleen Wynne in her role as Minister of Agriculture and Food and Minister Jeff Leal as the Minister of Rural Affairs.
Gabriela has extensive experience in strategic planning and communications and has a track-record of mobilizing people to get results. She knows the right decision and opinion makers and develops strategies that work.
Gabriela holds an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Psychology from York University and a bilingual (English/French) Master’s degree from the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs. She is an active volunteer and has held leadership roles at various organizations, including the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games.
When she is not cycling or running, she can be found doing media interviews in Spanish.
Mobile: 1 (416) 645-2912 x 102
Direct: 1 (647) 628-4008
Alex Chreston is a consultant with Crestview Strategy working out if the Toronto Office.
He has extensive experience in strategic planning and communications and has a track-record of mobilizing people to get results.
Prior to joining the Crestview team, Alex served as a Senior Advisor to Toronto Mayor John Tory focusing on communications and events. He also spent a decade working at Queens Park where he served as a senior aide in the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition under both John Tory and Tim Hudak.
Additionally, Alex has worked in strategic planning and execution on campaign teams for multiple provincial and local elections.
He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in Political Science, History and Canadian Studies.
Mobile: 1 (613) 232-3192
Direct: 1 (647) 208-3678
Jason Clark is a consultant with Crestview Strategy working out of the Ottawa Office.
Prior to joining the Crestview Team, Jason has worked in public policy development and advocacy and engagement campaigns, most recently for Engineers Without Borders Canada. Since arriving in Ottawa he has worked work a wide range of Canadian Non-profit organizations on international development and trade issues. Previously, Jason managed one of the largest public engagement campaigns on climate change, energy and sustainability in Great Britain, working in partnership with all levels of government, business, industry and trade associations, the public sector and civil society. Jason has also worked with female entrepreneurs and social enterprises in Lesotho, Africa.
Jason has a specific background in campaign mobilization, advocacy and government relations. His experience provides clients with a full range of tools, from strategic planning to connecting with decision-makers to public communications, to advance policy objectives and achieve results.
Jason holds a Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Western University, and a Master of Arts degree in International Studies and Diplomacy with a Specialization in Global Energy & Climate Change Policy from SOAS, University of London in London, United Kingdom. Jason serves on the Board of the Ottawa Bicycle Club and volunteered for several Ottawa-area Liberal Party of Canada candidates during the 2015 election campaign.
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