Meet the Energy & Politics panellists

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*The panellists showing on Energy & Politics come from varied skilled and political backgrounds. Many work within the area of public affairs and authorities relations. All are required to publicly disclose, dwell on the air, any conflicts or enterprise dealings they or the businesses they work for have which can be instantly associated to the difficulty being mentioned.


Amanda Alvaro 

Present Place: Founder and president of Toronto-based public relations company Pomp & Circumstance

Expertise:  Amanda was a senior communications adviser to each Justin Trudeau’s Liberal management bid and his get together’s election marketing campaign. On the provincial stage, Amanda labored as a communications and points adviser to the Ontario Liberals by way of successive election campaigns. Amanda can also be the founding father of Artbound, a Canadian charity liable for constructing arts faculties and applications in growing nations.


Rob Benzie 

Present Place: Queen’s Park Bureau Chief for the Toronto Star 

Expertise: Robert has coated provincial, federal, and municipal politics in Canada for the reason that Nineties. Earlier than becoming a member of the Toronto Star in 2003, he was a political reporter for the Nationwide Submit, a paper he helped launch in 1998. A Nationwide Newspaper Award and Michener Award nominee, he has coated numerous elections and management contests. Robert is a graduate of Western College and Concordia College. Born in Australia to a Jamaican mom and a Scottish father, he is likely one of the 360,370 shareholders within the Inexperienced Bay Packers.


Rebecca Blaikie 

Present Place: Director of Group Companies, Mount Carmel Group Well being Clinic in Winnipeg

Expertise: Rebecca labored carefully with Jack Layton from 2004 to 2008 and later served two consecutive phrases as NDP Nationwide President from 2011 to 2016. Rebecca has managed each native and regional campaigns and was a candidate twice herself within the 2004 and 2011 federal elections. She labored as particular advisor to the ministers of labour, immigration, standing of ladies, housing and neighborhood growth within the Manitoba NDP authorities between 2008-2010. Rebecca has additionally labored as a marketing consultant for the Nationwide Democratic Institute, facilitating coaching and strategic consultations for girls candidates in growing democracies. 


Françoise Boivin

Present Place: Labour regulation commentator at 104.7 FM, strategic adviser and media relations coach, political commentator on RDI’s Mordus de politique

Expertise: Françoise is a labour lawyer who has practised greater than 30 years within the Outaouais area of western Quebec. In 2004, she was elected to the Home of Commons as a Liberal MP. Elected president of the NDP’s Quebec wing in 2008, she labored with Jack Layton to assist make the get together the Official Opposition within the 2011 election and grew to become the NDP MP for the driving of Gatineau, serving as justice critic. Francoise hosted her personal radio present on CJRC-1150 for a number of years, along with serving as a political and authorized commentator for a number of radio and tv applications.


Shakir Chambers

Present Place: Principal at Earnscliffe Methods

Expertise: Shakir is an skilled public affairs practitioner and frequent media commentator. He has labored with federal and provincial governments, private-sector firms and political campaigns as a senior adviser on public coverage, points administration and political technique. He additionally helped to craft the profitable Ontario PC get together election platform in 2018. Shakir at the moment consults for Earnscliffe Methods, the place he performs a number one position within the agency’s authorities relations follow and supplies strategic counsel. As an advocate for the Black neighborhood, Shakir is keen about mentoring black youth with an curiosity in politics and public affairs. He additionally sits on the board of the Empire Membership of Canada and contributes editorials to main Canadian information publications. He holds two Masters’ levels from Western College and went on to pursue his Ph.D. at Carleton College.


Piya Chattopadhyay

Present Place: Piya Chattopadhyay is the host of CBC Radio’s “The Sunday Journal”, a weekly present airing at 9 a.m. Sunday mornings (9:30 in Newfoundland and elements of Labrador) which focuses on the problems of our time with in-depth interviews.

Expertise: Piya has been a journalist since 1997, working in each radio and tv. She has coated every kind of tales as each a reporter and host, from home to worldwide occasions and points, to politics, to the lived experiences of Canadians and other people around the globe. Her profession has largely been on the CBC however she additionally labored for 3 years as Fox Information Radio’s Center East correspondent primarily based in Jerusalem, in addition to summer season and fill-in host of TVO’s flagship present affairs program “The Agenda”. For a few years, Piya hosted a lot of CBC Radio’s hottest applications, together with The Present, Q and Metro Morning. Earlier than internet hosting “The Sunday Journal”, Piya created the CBC Radio present “Out within the Open” and hosted it for 4 years.


Kelly Cryderman

Present Place: Reporter and columnist for the Globe and Mail

Expertise:  Kelly makes common appearances on political panels for CBC Information Community and CBC Calgary Information at 6. She has levels from Carleton College and the London Faculty of Economics and Political Science, and has labored for the Ottawa Citizen, the Edmonton Journal and the Calgary Herald. Kelly has been with the Globe in Calgary since 2013 and writes about politics, power and all issues Alberta.


Supriya Dwivedi

Present Place: Senior Counsel, Enterprise Canada

Expertise:  Supriya Dwivedi is senior counsel for Enterprise Canada, a nationwide strategic communications agency. A former speak radio host, Supriya is a pure and efficient communicator who has in depth experience in litigation and disaster communications, media technique and constructing stakeholder relationships. Supriya has a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) diploma from McGill College, in addition to civil regulation (LL.B.) and customary regulation (J.D.) levels from the Université de Montréal. Armed with a authorized and science background, Supriya has an in-depth understanding of a wide range of matters that permeate the information stream and has led her to turn out to be a sought-after nationwide media commentator. She can also be trilingual in English, French and Hindi.


Charelle Evelyn

Present Place: Managing editor of The Hill Instances

Expertise:  Charelle started her skilled journalism profession in Ottawa after graduating from Carleton College in 2008 earlier than heading again to her house province of British Columbia to work for the Prince George Citizen. She returned to the Nationwide Capital Area in 2016 to hitch Hill Instances Publishing. Her earlier roles there included reporter and affiliate editor of The Wire Report and deputy editor of The Hill Instances. Charelle additionally labored as a area reporter for CPAC’s Ridings to Watch collection in the course of the 2019 election.


Chris Corridor

Present Place: CBC’s nationwide affairs editor and host of CBC Radio’s The Home.

Expertise: Chris is predicated within the CBC’s Parliamentary Bureau in Ottawa. He started his reporting profession with the Ottawa Citizen earlier than shifting on to CBC Radio in 1992. Chris labored as a nationwide radio reporter in Toronto, Halifax and St. John’s earlier than returning to Ottawa and Parliament Hill in 1998.


David Heurtel

Present Place: Counsel at Fasken, public administration scholar in residence at Concordia College, political analyst at CJAD 800 AM Montreal and 98,5FM Montréal.

Expertise: David was a member of the Nationwide Meeting representing the Quebec provincial driving of Viau from 2013 to 2018. He served in Québec’s Liberal authorities as minister for Sustainable Growth, the Surroundings and the Battle in opposition to Local weather Change from 2014 to 2017 and as minister of Immigration, Range and Inclusiveness from 2017 to 2018. Earlier than coming into politics, David was CEO of Montreal’s Olympic Park from 2011 to 2013.

Elliot Hughes 

Present Place: Senior Advisor, Summa Methods

Expertise: Elliot has labored in Canadian politics for nearly 20 years. He has run native campaigns and served beneath a federal finance minister, a pacesetter of the Official Opposition, and a defence minister. His authorities relations expertise consists of working for the UK’s largest retail financial institution, a world NGO, and Canada’s actuarial occupation. He’s at the moment an advisor to a variety of purchasers on authorities relations. He has a B.A. from McGill College and an MBA from Queen’s College.


Anthony Koch 

Present place: Managing Principal, AK Methods

Expertise: Based mostly in Montréal, Anthony Koch is a political analyst, public affairs marketing consultant, and former Conservative staffer with expertise working and managing campaigns on the municipal, provincial, and federal ranges of presidency. He labored within the Workplace of the Chief of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition beneath two Conservative Leaders and is at the moment the Managing Principal of AK Methods, a public affairs agency that focuses on interprovincial mandates and media/public relations technique. 


Shachi Kurl​

Present Place: President of the Angus Reid Institute

Expertise: Shachi spent the primary a part of her profession as political reporter and holds a level in journalism and political science from Carleton College. Kurl is a recipient of the celebrated Jack Webster Award for Greatest TV Reporting. Together with former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard and former U.Ok. prime minister Margaret Thatcher, she is an alumnus of the U.S. State Division’s Worldwide Customer Management Program. Her experience has been sought by policymakers who’ve invited her to testify earlier than parliamentary committees on the Home of Commons.


Brad Lavigne​

Present Place: Principal and vp, Western Canada, Counsel Public Affairs 

Expertise: Brad is an skilled political operative who served in a variety of capacities with the New Democratic Social gathering, together with as marketing campaign supervisor of the NDP’s historic 2011 federal marketing campaign. He’s additionally the previous principal secretary to the late Jack Layton and former director of communications for the federal NDP. Brad additionally labored as an adviser within the B.C. Premier’s Workplace and as chief of employees to the B.C. minister of finance.


Catherine Loubier 

Present Place:  Company marketing consultant

Expertise: A Montreal native at the moment primarily based within the U.S., Catherine Loubier is a sought-after senior advisor to the company world on points starting from public coverage, power, infrastructure and Canada-United States relations. Catherine has spent half her profession within the non-public sector and the opposite half in Canadian politics. Most notably, she was a senior advisor to Canada’s twenty second Prime Minister Stephen Harper and to federal ministers between 2006 and 2015. After directing the 2018 transition for Quebec Premier Francois Legault’s new authorities and filling the position of deputy chief of employees, Catherine in 2019 was appointed Québec’s most senior consultant of the premier within the U.S. In that position, she was instrumental within the work round of the biggest ever Quebec renewable hydropower contract, with the State of New York. Beforehand, she was a company senior government to the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance CEO primarily based in Paris, and suggested key corporations in Canada.


Jason Markusoff​

Present Place: Journalist

Expertise: Jason has been primarily based in Calgary for Maclean’s since 2015 and is a two-time Nationwide Journal Award gold medallist. He’s now the Opinion and Evaluation Producer for CBC Calgary. Earlier than stepping into the journal racket, he spent greater than a decade reporting for the Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald. He grew up in Dundas, Ont., and is a graduate of Carleton College in Ottawa.


Kathleen Monk

Present Place: Political commentator

Expertise: Kathleen is a public affairs strategist and a veteran of quite a few political campaigns.She has managed promoting and media relations for a number of award-winning nationwide campaigns and is keen about good public coverage. She served as director of communications for NDP chief Jack Layton and because the marketing campaign spokesperson and media director in the course of the NDP’s historic 2011 federal marketing campaign. Previous to politics Kathleen labored in newsrooms in Toronto, Ottawa and Washington, D.C.. 


James Moore

Present Place:  Senior adviser on the multinational regulation agency Dentons, public coverage adviser on the international agency Edelman and a company director.

Expertise: Moore served as Canada’s minister of Business, minister of Canadian Heritage, secretary of state for the Asia Pacific Gateway and minister for the 2010 Olympics over a five-term, 15-year profession as a Conservative member of Parliament (2000-2015). He was the senior regional minister for the province of British Columbia and the is the youngest cupboard minister and member of Parliament in B.C.’s historical past.


Emilie Nicolas

Present Place: Columnist with Le Devoir and The Montreal Gazette


Emilie Nicolas is a columnist with Le Devoir and The Montreal Gazette and a marketing consultant and public speaker on public coverage, fairness, human rights, worldwide cooperation, race and gender points. She is a daily contributor to a number of TV and radio exhibits and has been printed in a number of journals, magazines and newspapers, each in French and English. Most lately, she gained Quebec’s cultural journal (SODEP) 2020 Excellence Award for Greatest Essay for a chunk in Liberté journal. Emilie can also be a course teacher within the Guide and Media Research Division at St. Michael’s Faculty on the College of Toronto, the place she teaches a course on the Black Lives Matter motion within the media.

Emilie is a co-founder of Québec inclusif (2013), a motion that united residents in opposition to islamophobia and social exclusion. She additionally initiated a coalition campaigning for equality and in opposition to systemic racism in Quebec (2016). She is a board member with the Canadian Race Relation Basis, a Crown company targeted on antiracism, and Knowledgeable Opinions, a non-profit pushing for gender steadiness within the media.

Emilie is the recipient of a Harry Jerome Award for management together with a Governor Normal’s Award. She accomplished the Motion Canada Fellowship (2015) in addition to the Jeanne Sauvé Public Management Fellowship (2019).


Martin Patriquin

Present Place: Journalist at The Logic

Expertise: Martin is a Nationwide Journal Award winner. He has labored for Maclean’s, the New York Instances, the Globe and Mail and the Nationwide Submit. He’s a frequent contributor to Radio-Canada and the BBC. He has contributed to The Walrus journal, the Literary Assessment of Canada and lots of others. Martin is a graduate of Mount Allison College.


Tim Powers

Present Place:  Vice-Chairman of Summa Methods and managing director of Abacus Information.

Expertise: A columnist and commentator, Tim has labored on quite a few Canadian federal political campaigns for Conservatives and conservative events courting again to the early Nineties. Working as an adviser and political operative, Tim has suggested get together leaders and cupboard ministers. He has raised funds for federal and provincial events throughout the nation. Tim can also be the present chairman of Rugby Canada.


Niigaan Sinclair

Present Place: Professor within the Division of Native Research on the College of Manitoba.

Expertise: Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis) and an award-winning author, editor and activist who was named to Monocle Journal‘s listing of “Canada’s Prime 20 Most Influential Individuals.” He gained the 2018 Canadian columnist of the yr on the Nationwide Newspaper Awards for his bi-weekly columns in The Winnipeg Free Press. In 2019, he was named Peace Educator of the 12 months by the Peace and Justice Research Affiliation at Georgetown College in Washington, D.C. for his work as a world media commentator on retailers reminiscent of CBC, APTN and Al-Jazeera America.


Laura Stone

Present Place:  Queen’s Park reporter, Globe and Mail.

Expertise: Laura covers Ontario politics for the Globe however nonetheless dabbles within the federal scene. She joined the Globe in February 2016, reporting within the Ottawa Parliamentary bureau till she began at Queen’s Park in October 2018. Laura was the primary recipient of the Michelle Lang award on the Calgary Herald, the place she wrote a nationwide collection about ladies’s prisons. In 2015, she gained the Canadian Journalism Basis’s Greg Clark Award, which allowed her contained in the RCMP’s Senate investigation. Laura likes to profile politicians over lunch. She all the time picks up her personal tab.


John Paul (J.P.) Tasker

Present Place: Senior author, CBC Information

Expertise:  J.P. is a senior author within the CBC’s parliamentary bureau. A proud graduate of McGill and Carleton universities, J.P. covers the Conservative Social gathering, the Senate, finance, power coverage and Indigenous relations, amongst different beats. An award-winning reporter, J.P. writes for and information for radio and TV applications. Earlier than becoming a member of the general public broadcaster in 2013, J.P. labored for the Kingston Whig-Commonplace.


Andrew Thomson

Present Place: Chief of presidency relations for the College of Toronto

Expertise: Andrew was first elected to the Saskatchewan legislature in 1995 and spent 12 years as an MLA. He served within the NDP cupboard as minister for finance, training, public security and power. After leaving politics he labored abroad within the tech sector, returning to Canada in 2015. Andrew now serves on the Board of Household Companies Toronto and the CD Howe Institute’s Human Capital Coverage Council.


Marie Vastel​

Present Place: Ottawa parliamentary correspondent for Le Devoir

Expertise: Marie is a frequent political analyst for CBC Radio, CBC Information Community and Radio-Canada. She beforehand labored for The Canadian Press. Marie has coated Parliament Hill since 2009, reporting on all the things from defence procurement to democratic reform to social points and the Senate.


Zain Velji

Present Place:  Accomplice at Northweather — a advertising and technique agency for charities, non-profits and cause-based companies — and host of Strategists Podcast.

Expertise:  Marketing campaign supervisor for Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, marketing campaign adviser and head of digital technique for former Alberta premier Rachel Notley. He labored on campaigns for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. President Barack Obama. Zain was named considered one of Calgary’s Prime 40 beneath 40 by Avenue and was awarded the Horizon Award for alumni contributions by the College of Alberta. He serves on the board of YMCA Calgary and chairs the board of the Canadian Youngsters’s Guide Centre. Zain has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the College of Alberta.


Marieke Walsh

Present Place: Political reporter, The Globe and Mail.

Expertise:  Marieke has coated politics since 2011, first on Parliament Hill after which on the Nova Scotia legislature and Ontario’s Queen’s Park earlier than heading again to Ottawa in time for the 2019 federal election.


Paul Wells

Present Place: Journalist

Expertise:  Paul was political editor of Maclean’s journal earlier than working as nationwide affairs columnist on the Toronto Star in 2016-17. Over 13 years at Maclean’s the primary time round, Paul gained three gold Nationwide Journal Awards and moderated Maclean’s 2015 nationwide leaders’ debate, which drew extra viewers than the 2 different English debates mixed. His guide “The Longer I am Prime Minister” gained the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize, the John W. Dafoe Guide Prize and the Ottawa Guide Award. Paul returned to Maclean’s as senior author in 2017.


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