As discussions continue to emerge from the lessons learned about seniors’ care during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Quebec company Alaviva/Maelström créatif wants to talk to the federal government on possible contracts for the use of the Cutii companion robot, both to support seniors with loss of autonomy and for people with reduced mobility.
Meanwhile, Central America Nickel, a Montreal-based company specializing in the treatment and purification of strategic metals, is looking to Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) on its plan to acquire and develop mining assets in Quebec.
Finally, Centre Pour Le Transport Maritime Responsable Clear Seas wants to develop a Quebec-based operation. Clear Seas, according to its website, “is an independent not-for-profit research centre that supports safe and sustainable marine shipping in Canada.”
Clear Seas received funding from Ottawa and the government of Alberta, as well as from the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (Port Metro Vancouver) in the past fiscal year.
This week, CanadaHelps was the sole client organization with a double registrations.
Global Public Affairs had six registrations this week – the most of any registrant company. Sussex Strategy Group and the Capital Hill Group each had four, and Temple Scott Associates Inc. and Crestview Strategy each had three. MERCURE Conseil and Hill+Knowlton Strategies each had double registrations.
Abigail Tait of Global Public Affairs topped the list of lobbyists with five registrations, followed by Sussex Strategy Group’s Liam Daly with four. The Capital Hill Group’s Jonathan Ballingall had a triple registration, and Crestview Strategy’s Muhammad Ali and MERCURE Conseil’s Daniel Dufort each had double registrations.
In recent agriculture/trade registrants:
Airbnb Canada Inc was registered by Will Stewart of Hill+Knowlton Strategies to pursue regulatory reform and tax relief for Airbnb hosts in response to COVID-19, as well as discuss zoning policies and proposed digital sales taxes.
Muhammad Ali of Crestview Strategy registered for the Association of Canadian Advertisers to reach out to government on regulations related to marketing to children.
Other: The Growcer Inc., Gardens Canada, Bridgestone Canada – Usine de Joliette, SAP Canada Inc., Bosch Rexroth Canada Ltd., Commerce Resources Corporation.
In recent arts/culture/copyright registrants:
International mobility program exemptions for temporary foreign workers in the cinematic, animation and audio-visual fields are the topic of interest for the registration of the Quebec Film and Television Council by MERCURE Conseil’s Daniel Dufort.
Other: Toronto International Film Festival, National Ballet of Canada, Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), National Theatre School, Canadian Dance Assembly.
In recent defence/security registrants:
St. John’s-based Cougar Helicopters Inc. is pursuing search-and-rescue procurement opportunities, and has hired the Capital Hill Group’s Jonathan Ballingall to lobby on its behalf.
Lockheed Martin is looking to advocate for its F-35 jet, as well as the overall benefits of an integrated defence industrial base with the United States. The company’s chief executive and other senior officers filed the registration.
In recent energy/environment/climate registrants:
American nuclear energy company NuScale Power, LLC was registered by Liam Daly of Sussex Strategy Group to raise awareness about its Small Modular Reactor (SMR) technology and support Canada’s SMR road map.
Obtaining permits to build a liquified natural gas plant at the Port of Saguenay is one of the slated topics of engagement per a registration of GNL Québec by Yan Plante of TACT.
Liam Daly of Sussex Strategy Group registered for Yukon Energy Corporation to lobby on the development and construction of three clean energy projects.
Other: David Suzuki Institute, Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation, International Institute for Sustainable Development, CCNuclear.
In recent health registrants:
California-based PPE supplies company Fix the Mask has enlisted the help of Summa Strategies Canada’s Kait LaForce to raise awareness in Canadian markets and government institutions with its mask brace product.
The Canadian Council of the Blind was registered by Jonathan Ballingall to advocate for increased preventive vision care in Canada and gain support for a national vision loss prevention strategy.
Other: Pharmascience Inc., Seqirus Canada
In recent Indigenous registrants:
Keewaywin First Nation was registered by Dennis Burnside of Capital Hill Group to pursue funding for on-reserve community infrastructure such as water and wastewater infrastructure, as well as to work out administrative and fiscal arrangements to enable the First Nation to exercise its constitutional jurisdiction over child and family services delivery. Keewaywin First Nation received funding from Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) in the past fiscal year and is expected to receive funding from ISC in the current fiscal year.
In recent tech/telecommunications registrants:
Rogers Communications Inc. was registered by Jackie Choquette of Crestview Strategy. The regulatory review of the proposed acquisition of Shaw Communications and the proposed broadcasting regime overhaul (C-10) were again topics of interest to the company for this most recent registration.
Other: Cybereco, Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada.
In recent transportation registrants:
Vancouver Airport Authority
Bill C-218, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sports betting) is the topic of interest for a registration of the Responsible Gambling Council of Canada by its CEO and its marketing and communications director. The organization received funding from both the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in the last financial year but is not expected to receive funding from GAC for the current fiscal year.
A proposal regarding a Digital Main Street for the charitable and non-profit sector is the listed subject matter for two registrations of CanadaHelps by Kristina Proulx and Duncan Rayner of Temple Scott Associates Inc.
Other: Canadian Ski Council, Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO)
There were 507 communications reports in the period covered, with a total of 659 communications.
Most active client organizations
The Canadian Vaping Association: 55 communications, paid lobbyist
Canadian Cattlemens’ Association: 49 communications, in-house staff
Canadian Cable Systems Alliance Inc.: 30 communications, in-house staff
Federation of Canadian Municipalities: 29 communications, in-house staff
Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Institute of Canada: 27 communications, in-house staff
Most active paid lobbyists
Darryl Tempest for 1 client, 55 communications
Yan Plante for 2 clients, 31 communications
Isabel Metcalfe for 3 clients, 15 communications
Natasha Morano for 1 client, 13 communications
Serge Alexandre Buy for 3 clients, 9 communications
Most lobbied public office holders
Kody Blois: Member of Parliament, 10 communications
Nipun Vats: assistant deputy minister, science and research – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), 6 communications
Simon Kennedy: deputy minister – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), 5 communications
Jennifer Phillips: Policy Advisor – Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), 5 communications
Jean-François Harvey: special assistant (regional adviser – Québec) to the minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, 5 communications
Blake Oliver: policy adviser to the minister of Natural Resources, 5 communications
Most lobbied government institutions
House of Commons: 263 communications
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED): 61 communications
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan): 45 communications
Health Canada (HC): 29 communications
Global Affairs Canada (GAC): 27 communications
Most lobbied subject matters
Economic Development: 60
With files from Marguerite Marlin