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.
They have worked in the private sector in fields as varied as the law, technology, creative design and international development.
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 (416) 645-2912 x 108
Michael Westcott is a Vice-President at Crestview, working out of our Toronto office. Having worked in both government and industry, Michael brings an understanding of the complex relationship between the public and private sector in Canada, whether it is at the municipal, provincial or federal level. Michael has worked on political campaigns at every level in his home province of Ontario, as well as in British Columbia, Alberta and New Brunswick.
With Crestview, Michael has worked to develop a unique practice group: mobilizing stakeholders and the general public through activation campaigns. In this capacity, Michael has worked on projects large and small, including for some of the world’s largest and most successful companies. He has travelled around the world to lead country-wide campaigns designed to activate and engage grassroots members using proprietary technology and tactics.
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.
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 (613) 232-3192
Stephen Hampton is a consultant with Crestview Strategy, based in Ottawa.
Prior to joining Crestview, Stephen worked for the International Fund for Animal Welfare where he led their Canadian government relations operation. In this role he focused his efforts on the connection between the ivory trade and counter terrorism strategies in Northern Africa.
Stephen started his career as a Legislative Assistant on Parliament Hill where he was responsible for public and community outreach, political affairs, and advised on policy for the Standing Committee on Natural Resources. He continues to be active in the political process and has worked on campaigns at all three levels of government.
He has been published in the National Post, the Hill Times, and the Toronto Star and has appeared as a panelist on both CTV and Rogers Television.
Direct: 1 (613) 232-3192 x 227
Ginny Movat is a consultant with Crestview Strategy working out of the Ottawa office.
Prior to joining the Crestview team, Ginny worked as a political aid at Queen’s Park where she developed policy documents and communications plans, supporting opposition education critic MPP Rob Leone. Prior to that she worked as a political organizer for the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party and has served in a variety of roles on provincial election campaigns. She continues to volunteer at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.
Ginny got her start in youth politics as the President of the Dalhousie-King’s Campus Conservatives in Halifax and remains active in the movement, co-chairing Blue Skies an Idea Incubator for Ontario’s Centre Right.
Ginny is bilingual and holds a Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Contemporary Studies from the University of King’s College in Nova Scotia.
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 the Senior Manager, Partnerships for CIJA, where her work focuses on building strategic relationships with diverse external stakeholders, with a focus on civil society actors, including ethno-cultural community leadership and NGOs, at the national level, while supporting local initiatives.
Sarina’s work experience includes strategic planning, and management and implementation of initiatives of local, national, and international nature. She has experience working with diverse stakeholders, building partnerships, and bridging different sectors while working towards shared objectives.
She currently serves on the Board of Twist Out Cancer, as Chair of Strategic Partnerships Canada. Sarina has her BA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, and her MBA from the Schulich School of Business.
Direct: 1 (416) 645-2912 x 106
Michael is a Consultant with Crestview Strategy based out of Toronto.
Michael has extensive experience in public policy development, strategic communications and political campaigning at the provincial and federal level. Prior to joining Crestview Strategy, Michael worked for the Liberal Party of Canada in Toronto, and has also worked for the Ministry of Government Services and Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, where he contributed to strategic policy development on federal/provincial relations.
Michael also worked as a speechwriter and communications consultant for several political candidates in Ontario, where he was responsible for writing communications materials, conducting research, and engaging in public and media relations.
Michael is bilingual in Korean and English, and continues to be an active volunteer in his community.
Mobile: 1 (416) 554-5244
Direct: 1 (416) 645 2912 X 102
Emin Osmani, is the office manager for Crestview Strategy. He has a strong background in education leadership, program development and project management.
As someone who values commitment to strong programming and organizational development, he has been actively involved in developing and managing projects including strategic planning, accreditation and quality assurance, human resources management, and communication with local and international communities.
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