Energy, environment and climate groups were persistent on the federal lobbying front last week.
One notable entry was that of EVSX, a subsidiary of Montreal-based St-Georges Eco-Mining. The company was registered by consultant Jean-Luc Plante, in order to seek financial support from Natural Resources Canada as a recycler of critical minerals.
Capital Power Corporation is interested in engaging with the government about federal support for the phase out of coal-fired electricity generation in Alberta and retirement dates of coal-fired power plants under the Capital Stock Turnover Plan. The Edmonton-based company was registered by Crestview Strategy’s Muhammad Ali.
The development of the Lake Erie Connector Projector – an underwater electricity transmission line that would connect the Ontario electricity market with United States regional transmission organization PJM – is the listed subject matter for the registration of ITC Holdings Corp. by Sussex Strategy Group’s Alex Simakov.
LM Wind Power Blades (Canada) Inc. was registered to seek support through the Strategic Innovation Fund for the expansion of a wind turbine blades manufacturing facility in Gaspé.
The role of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) in Canada’s Hydrogen Strategy is one of the topics of interest in a registration for Saskatchewan company Delta CleanTech Inc. by Sussex Strategy Group’s Christina Marciano.
Other energy/environment/climate groups that were in the federal lobbying mix last week included Woodfibre LNG, Hydro One Limited, Bruce Power, Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation, ChargePoint Canada Inc.
Among the flashy registrants from other sectors: Gap Inc., Montreal-based Gildan Activerwear Inc. and the Canadian Apparel Federation.
Gap enlisted the help of Loyalist Public Affairs’ Kristina Martin and Kenzie McKeegan to discuss the company’s new investments and job creation in Canada, while the Canadian Apparel Federation has hired Marc Desmarais of NATIONAL Public Relations to reach out to Ottawa on the domestic supply chain of personal protective equipment.
Meanwhile, Gildan Activewear was registered by Virginia Clarke of Prospectus Associates, and listed as one of its topic of interest assisting in the procurement of vaccines for countries like Honduras once Canadians have been vaccinated.
Four client organizations registered twice last week. They were: Woodfibre LNG, PayTechs of Canada, Gap Inc., and the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association.’
Crestview Strategy had the most registrations among registrant companies with six, closely followed by NATIONAL Public Relations with five. The Capital Hill Group and Sussex Strategy Group each had four registrations, and Summa Strategies Canada had three registrations. Six other companies had two apiece: Rubicon Strategy Inc., Loyalist Public Affairs, Global Public Affairs, Edelman, Impact Public Affairs, and Earnscliffe Strategy Group.
Last week’s leading lobbyist, in terms of registrations, was Graham Looney of the Capital Hill Group with four.
Four other lobbyists had two each: NATIONAL’s Desmarais and Guillaume Normandin, Edelman’s Sharon Chamberlain, and Crestview’s Ali.
In recent agriculture/trade registrants:
New Brunswick-based Longshore Fisheries Limited has enlisted the help of Cox & Palmer’s Michel Samson to seek federal and provincial government approval for a soft shell clam aquaculture lease in Nova Scotia.
Hamilton company Stelco Holdings Inc. was registered by Tiéoulé Traoré of NATIONAL Public Relations to hold introductory meetings with officials. The company received $15 million from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and $21 million from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) last year, but is not expected to receive funding from either this year.
Legislation to end the labour strike at the Port of Montreal and automotive recovery measures such as a national-vehicle-scrappage program were the two listed subjects in registrations of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association. Benjamin Howe and Sophie Normand of Impact Public Affairs submitted those.
Other: White Birch Papers, Domtar Inc., PayTechs of Canada, Canadian Association of Exposition Management, Keurig Canada, Fromageries Bel Canada Inc.
In recent arts/culture/copyright:
In recent defence/security registrants:
VARD Marine, an Ottawa-based firm with a Norwegian parent company (Vard Group AS), has enlisted the help of Rubicon Strategy Inc.’s Andrew Balfour to pursue contracts on multiple federal fleet ship design options for the Royal Canadian Navy, the Coast Guard, Transport Canada and the RCMP.
Czech firearm company CZG – Česká zbrojovka Group SE was registered by Jeff Smith of Longview Communications and Public Affairs to discuss the provisions of an existing contract with the Canadian government.
Other: Corporation Fort St. Jean, Global Spatial Technology Solutions Inc., Trium Group Inc.
In recent health registrants:
Resilience Biotechnologies Inc. was registered by Patricia Sibal and Crestview’s Ali to engage with government and seek support through the Strategic Innovation Fund for the enhancement of Canada’s vaccine and biomanufacturing capacity.
Joanna Carey of Magnet Strategy Group has registered for Quebec City-based biotechnology company Medicago Inc. In addition to seeking support for the research, development, commercialization and procurement of vaccines, the company is also looking to highlight the importance of biopharmaceutical platforms in fighting future infectious disease outbreaks.
Other: Medline Industries Inc.
In recent Indigenous registrants:
Dadan Sivunivut, a not-for-profit holding company focused on nurturing Indigenous-led subsidiaries, was registered by Public Affairs Counsel’s Isabel Metcalfe to engage with government on the development of an Indigenous multi-media company and related issues.
In recent tech/telecommunications registrants:
The Capital Hill Group’s Looney registered for Dynatrace Corporation of Canada, LTD to pursue government procurement opportunities for the company’s software intelligence platform.
Other: Forescout, Salesforce, Qnext Corp, Convergence Tech Inc., Accenture Inc., Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, ServiceNow, Elevate Toronto.
In recent transportation registrants:
Montreal company Bus.com wants to engage with officials at Infrastructure Canada (INFC) on investments in rural transit innovation through the dedicated rural transit fund. Fernand Le Fèvre of Teneo is lobbying for the company.
Other: Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP.
Others, of note:
TransUnion of Canada Inc., The Conference Board of Canada, Canadian Basketball Ventures L.P. operating as Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL), City of Leduc., Canadian School Boards Association.
There were 188 communications reports in the period covered, with 265 communications.
Most active client organizations
Mines Action Canada: 14 communications, in-house staff
The Explorers and Producers Association of Canada: 12 communications, in-house staff
Toronto Region Board of Trade: 11 communications, in-house staff
Imagine Canada: 10 communications, in-house staff
University of Toronto: 9 communications, in-house staff
Association of Families of Flight PS752 Victims: 9 communications, paid lobbyist
Most active paid lobbyists
Paul Tye for 3 clients, 11 communications
Isabel Metcalfe for 3 clients, 8 communications
Ron Gersh for 4 clients, 7 communications
Lisa Kirbie for 3 clients, 7 communications
Kirsten Poon for 1 client, 7 communications
Most lobbied public office holders
Robert Oliphant, Member of Parliament: 5 communications
Filomena Tassi, Member of Parliament: 5 communications
Salem Alahmad, Special Assistant – Regional Affairs, Privy Council Office: 4 communications
Shawn Driscoll, Researcher (MP Officer) to the Leader of the Conservative Party: 3 communications
Philip Lawrence, Member of Parliament: 3 communications
Olivier Jarda, Director – Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities: 3 communications
Nathaniel Mullin, Officer to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages: 3 communications
Morgan Breitkreutz, Regional Advisor – Intergovernmental Affairs: 3 communications
Kevin Deagle, Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Natural Resources: 3 communications
Most lobbied government institutions
House of Commons: 73
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED): 20
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan): 18
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC): 18
Global Affairs Canada (GAC): 15
Most lobbied subject matters
International Relations: 25
Economic Development: 16
With files from Marguerite Marlin