Senior Vice President and National Practice Leader
Public Affairs, Hill & Knowlton Canada
Elizabeth brings over 20 years of federal government relations experience to H+K Strategies. As the national practice leader for public affairs, she works with clients and public affairs practitioners across the H+K Strategies network and with H+K’s global PA leaders. She has considerable experience in public policy analysis; government decision-making and a deep understanding of the political process. She is an expert in broadcasting and telecommunications policy and works for numerous national clients listed on the TMX. She has proven strategic experience to assist clients with regulatory agencies Elizabeth provides leadership to over 60 public affairs consultants in Canada.
Elizabeth has experience in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors, along with being a committed volunteer with a number of national and local charitable organizations.
Elizabeth’s 20 years in the communications sector allowed her to gain experience with broadcasting and telecommunications policy development, legislative reviews and CRTC proceedings. Most recently, Elizabeth worked as the executive vice-president for strategic and public affairs planning for the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB). She was responsible for overseeing the regulatory and policy submissions to the federal government and the CRTC; managed the Association’s economic and audience research initiatives, and the government relations and public profile of the Association.
Elizabeth has been involved in influencing broadcasting, telecommunications, copyright and digital media policy. She led the Association’s appearances before the CRTC, preparing the presentations and the panel members for regulatory proceedings.
Elizabeth previously worked at Shaw Communications and the Canadian Cable Television Association. She established Shaw’s Ottawa office and government relations strategies during a time of significant expansion for the company into the broadband, satellite and programming areas.
Along with her communications sector experience, Elizabeth worked as executive director of partnership development at Carleton University where she was responsible for the major gift portfolio, led the University’s research unit in their collaboration with the federal government and other funding partners, as well as the University’s relations with the provincial and federal government.
In the federal government, Elizabeth served as chief of staff to the Honourable Barbara McDougall and to the Honourable Michael Wilson. She worked in key government departments including Finance Canada, Privatization and Status of Women Canada.
Elizabeth is a board member of Futurpreneur Canada, AmChamCanada – The American Chamber of Commerce in Canada. She also sits on the National Arts Centre Marketing Committee, and is a Governor of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Elizabeth was a founding director with the Government Relations Institute of Canada and recently retired from the United Way of Ottawa.