Sponsors – Advocacy, Opinion & Research

advocacysolutionsEstablished in 2003, Advocacy Solutions is the culmination of over ten years experience in legal practice, government and business. The company has expertise in government relations, stakeholder relations, communication strategies and public policy analysis and development. Today’s environment demands more than just a traditional public affairs approach. To be heard, you need a strong voice. Advocacy Solutions provides that voice, through a number of effective advocacy based services.


british-consulate-torontoThe British Consulate General in Toronto is an important component of the UK’s Canadian Network. The Consulate in Toronto organises a broad spectrum of activities and projects to promote British interests in Ontario.   We work closely with the Canadian government and partners across the country to develop and maintain a wide range of substantive partnerships of real value to both countries. These partnerships cover business, defence, science and innovation, education, and culture. We also support the large number of British nationals who visit or live in Canada.The Consulate sponsors and arranges the Interns’ trip to London each year.


BrownCohenBrown & Cohen Communications & Public Affairs Inc. provides a unique blend of public relations, government relations and marketing services.  We work with companies to increase their revenue stream strictly through the use of PR. We have worked with 10 of Profit Magazine’s hottest start-ups and have a proven track record of success.  Our public relations campaigns increase awareness of companies, products, services and issues. Strategies range from unconventional to traditional, but most importantly, they make an impression and have impact.  Our government relations campaigns help organizations be heard at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. Whether used to challenge current legislation or increase stakeholder awareness, Brown & Cohen has the experience, relationships and knowledge needed.


chiefs-of-ontario-for-blogThe Chiefs of Ontario is an advocacy forum and secretariat for collective decision-making, action, and advocacy for the 133 First Nations communities located in Ontario. Guided by the Chiefs in Assembly, we uphold self-determination efforts of the Anishinaabek, Mushkegowuk, Onkwehon:we, and Lenape Peoples in protecting and exercising their inherent and Treaty rights. Keeping in mind the wisdom of our Elders, and the future for our youth, we continue to create the path forward in building our Nations as strong, healthy Peoples respectful of ourselves, each other, and all of creation. #ChiefsofOntario


Churchill-mastThe Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy is a non-partisan, charitable organization that honours the life of Sir Winston Churchill by facilitating education, discussion and debate about Canada’s parliamentary democracy.  Formed in Toronto in 1982, the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy is named after former British prime minister Sir Winston Churchill, one of the greatest Parliamentarians of all time. We attract Canadians from all walks of life.


cpaWhether you need a strategic government relations campaign, an effective communications plan, behind-the-scenes intelligence gathering or a high profile event, Counsel Public Affairs has the knowledge, experience, strategy and track-record to ensure success.  Counsel is a leading Canadian firm specializing in public relations, government relations, digital communication and executive services.  We are Principal-led, with a team of highly sought after consultants who bring decades of experience as government ministers, CEOs in business and the non-profit world, political advisors at the highest levels, master communicators and lawyers. We provide an integrated approach to communications, government relations, and strategy. The expertise developed in senior ranks of both the public and private sectors can help you to achieve your short-term objectives and long-term vision.


gpmurrayG.P. Murray Research Ltd., in operation for more than 25 years, has unmatched knowledge of what stakeholders must know to understand and relate to the Government of Ontario. In an increasingly complex regulatory and political environment, corporations and other organizations with a stake in provincial government activities frequently require external guidance to achieve their objectives at Queen’s Park.


ipsosIpsos is one of the world’s leading survey-based marketing research firms. We live and work in the largest markets and do business anywhere we’re called on.  We know brands, how to develop them and how to build them. We assess market potential and interpret market trends. We help our clients build long-term relationships with their customers and employees. We test advertising and study audience responses to various media. We measure public opinion around the globe.   We know what drives your business, because we have worked in your industry, and quite likely at one time for your company.  We also understand that individuals are complex; confident one minute, uncertain the next. They can say one thing and mean another.  But insightful research can solve arguments.


OAFBThe Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) is the provincial representative for food banks in Ontario. The OAFB is a network of 127 food banks that support over 1,100 hunger relief programs and agencies across the province. Together the network serves over 375,000 individuals, including 131,000 children, every month. Since its inception in 1992, the OAFB has been committed to reducing hunger in Ontario through sustainable solutions that ensure the long-term health and success of communities across the province.


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The Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC) is a national, not-for-profit organization founded in 1984. Our principal objective is to help public affairs professionals succeed in their work by providing them with forums for professional development, the exchange of new ideas and networking. PAAC’s growing membership represents a cross-section of the many disciplines involved in public affairs including policy development, government relations, lobbying, communications, opinion research and public relations. Our members come from both the private and public sectors, in areas such as industrial and financial companies, crown corporations, consulting firms, small business, ministries and municipalities, PR organizations, trade associations, educational institutions, law and accounting firms. The events we offer range from full professional development conferences to tools and techniques sessions and high-profile speakers. We also publish a comprehensive newsletter featuring the latest PAAC and industry news, as well as online job postings from across the country.