At Campbell Strategies, we have two types of clients: those who have issues they need resolved. And, those who have opportunities they need realized. Despite this difference, there remains a constant between them. The need for wise counsel from people who understand their unique situations. Completely.
As a bonus, our clients find themselves working with a team of government relations and communications professionals who are not only highly experienced, but without the hyperbole and self-importance that – in our industry – so often comes with it.
We’re connected, of course. But it’s deeper than that.
We treat our network of government, media, and regulatory leaders as relationships, not just connections. Our reputation is based on the right ask, at the right time, of the right people, with the right message.
You’ll get no bullshit from us, and we’ll deliver none to our network.
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Wise Counsel at Work
After 50 years of broken promises by government, Canada’s thalidomide survivors finally have the recognition and the funding they need to make their lives a bit easier. Thalidomide was a prescription drug that was used to treat morning sickness in pregnant women.
Instead, the drug became the worst prescription drug disaster in world history as the drug caused severe malformations in the womb, including missing limbs, organs, and often led to premature death.
Campbell Strategies acted pro bono for Canada’s thalidomide victims, which led to a unanimous vote in the House of Commons on December 1, 2015, and a $180+ million funding package for Canada’s remaining survivors (now less than 100 people). The campaign was assisted by significant media coverage, most notably from The Globe & Mail.
Prior to the work of Campbell Strategies, credit unions, as creatures of provincial regulatory regimes, were restricted to their own provinces. Then, a number of Canada’s largest credit unions retained Campbell Strategies to develop and propose national framework which would permit credit unions to expand across Canada.
We created political messaging such as the need for the Federal Government to have the opportunity for greater oversight of systemically important financial institutions (the largest credit unions) and the need for greater competition in retail banking.
After working to introduce amendments to the Bank Act, we created an environment for the establishment of “federal credit unions.”
A coalition of major Canadian multinational companies retained Campbell Strategies to advocate for the elimination of the withholding tax on interest… tax which was having an adverse impact on cross border acquisitions by Canadian companies.
We developed the strategic communications and government relations program designed to convince the Government that the benefits of elimination the tax outweighed any revenue loss to Canada. We acted as the coalition secretariat, coordinated expert research, developed key messages and designed and implemented an outreach plan with key officials, political staff and political decision makers.
In time, and notwithstanding a change of government and a new Minister of Finance the government concluded that the elimination of the tax was called for and the change was implemented.
Thousands of Ontarians have experienced aggressive and misleading sales tactics from door to door salespeople in the home services sector. To address this, we organized a campaign calling on the Ontario government to implement a province-wide ban of these types of door to door sales, including the sales of water heaters, water filtrations systems and furnaces.
The campaign received significant media attention from media outlets across the province. As a result over 10 municipalities passed resolutions calling on the province to ban these sales, including the City of Toronto.
The province is currently considering a bill to ban door-to-door sales in this sector. If passed, this will finally protect Ontarians from these predatory practices.
The Wisest Team in Canadian Public Affairs Consulting.
Barry Campbell is the Founder and President of Campbell Strategies. He is one of the leading public affairs consultants in Canada, with a career spanning four decades in law, politics and government relations.
Mr. Campbell served as a Member of the Parliament of Canada from 1993 to 1997. During that time, he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, later Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Paul Martin.
Prior to his election to Parliament, Mr. Campbell practiced law at Toronto’s leading law firms, first as a partner of McCarthy Tétrault, then at Torys, advising major Canadian and foreign clients on acquisitions, international banking matters, competition law and trade law.
Paul Brown is a partner at Campbell Strategies, with a broad range of government and public policy experience. From 1984 to 1988 Mr. Brown served in the federal Conservative government as Policy Advisor to the Industry Minister, Executive Assistant to the President of the Treasury Board, and Chief of Staff to the Minister of Labour.
At Campbell Strategies, Paul provides strategic advice to companies and organizations that need to deal with government at the federal, provincial and municipal levels.
Mr. Brown serves clients across several public policy areas including: health, energy and power generation, infrastructure and real estate development, procurement, financial services, income trusts, insolvency, and regulatory reforms.
Christopher Holz is a seasoned public affairs executive with over a decade of experience. He serves clients in several policy areas including energy, real estate and infrastructure development, retail, and healthcare.
In 2010, he was ranked as “one of the top ten lobbyists at Queen’s Park” according to Queen’s Park Briefing. Prior to joining Campbell Strategies, he served as Senior Communications Advisor for the Ontario Minister of Energy and the Chair of the Cabinet.
Following the 2007 provincial election, he served as Senior Advisor, Policy to the Ontario Minister of Finance and Chair of the Treasury Board/Management Board of Cabinet.
Ted is the stakeholder outreach and communications specialist at Campbell Strategies. With over three decades of experience, he brings not only the strategic chops to ensure our clients have the best communications plans, but also an award winning skill set in media relations, writing, video, graphics, and digital media that bring these plans to life.
He’s been the go-to person for crisis and issues management on such subjects as athlete use of performance enhancement drugs, blood product contamination, professional misconduct, labour disruption, and plant closings.
He is also a municipal affairs expert, having branded three cities and led communications files in public health, social services, water and wastewater, economic development and tourism.
Natalie Dash is a consultant at Campbell Strategies, focusing on the development and implementation of government relations activities for clients. Her work spans all three levels of government and includes policy development and research, stakeholder engagement, communications and strategic advice.
When not focused on the needs of our clients, Natalie brings her skills to the community. She is a dedicated volunteer with the Red Cross’ Disaster Management Team and the Mobile Food Bank, helping Toronto prepare for large scale emergencies wherever they could occur in the city. Natalie holds an MSc in Public Policy from the University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom and a B.A. in Political Science from McGill University.