Hill & Knowlton has announced two new additions to the public relations Public Affairs team in Senior Counsel roles. Ian Brodie joins the Ottawa team as Senior Counsel and previously served as Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that he played a vital role in the organization of the Conservative Party of Canada, where he served as Executive Director. He is also an associate professor of political science at the University of Western Ontario. In his role Ian will be mandated to provide senior counsel to Hill & Knowlton clients across the country in government relations, whether provincial, federal, or international. This key addition strengthens Hill & Knowlton’s ongoing commitment to providing top quality strategic advice to clients as they seek to meet their communications objectives.
Also the Ottawa office of Hill & Knowton is The Honarable David Collenette also as Senior Counsel. David has been a member of the House of Commons for more than 20 years, Mr. Collenette served in the Cabinet under three Prime Ministers, the Rt. Hon. Pierre Trudeau, the Rt. Hon. John Turner and the Rt. Hon. Jean Chretien. He held a number of portfolios including Minister of State (Multiculturalism), Minister of National Defense, Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, Minister of Transport and Minister of Crown Corporations. While serving as the Minister of National Defense, Mr. Collenette was responsible for the reorganization, restructuring and re-engineering of the department while the government confronted the severe financial deficit. As Minister of Transport, he oversaw the restructuring of the Canadian airline industry and authored a major policy document, Straight Ahead, which continues to chart the course for Canadian transportation policy.