As the House environment committee continues with clause-by-clause review of the proposed Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act (C-12), and new federal funding flows into electric vehicle charging stations, companies like Hyperloop Transportation Technologies inc., are angling to open discussions with the government on energy alternatives.
The American research company has been working to develop a commercial transportation system based on the Hyperloop concept — a type of super-speed transportation mode, that according to Wired, would see trains bypass friction and air resistance by travelling through magnetic levitation tubes.
Hyperloop is associated with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who first proposed the idea for the technology in 2012, according to Wired.
The Canadian Medical Association wants to reach out to the government to discuss several topics, including the COVID-19 vaccination strategy, increasing investments in digital health and long-term care, establishing a National Mental Health Support Service for health care workers, and supporting essential workers through paid sick leave.
Finally, the anti-poverty global organization ONE, which was co-founded by Bono, is also lobbying the government for fair provisions of COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries.
ZEN Graphene Solutions had the most registrations this week among client organizations, with three. Five other organizations had double registrations: PayTechs of Canada, HealthPRO Procurement Services Inc., GRAD4, Goodfood Market Corp., and Children’s Healthcare Canada.
The Capital Hill Group topped the list of registrant companies with nine registrations, followed by Summa Strategies Canada with seven.
Impact Public Affairs had five registrations, and Earnscliffe Strategy Group and PAA Public Affairs Advisors had four each. Three companies had triple registrations: Edelman, NATIONAL Public Relations, and TACT – Intelligence-Conseil. Global Public Affairs, Syntax Strategic, StrategyCorp Inc., Longview Communications and Public Affairs, and Ensight Canada all had double registrations.
The most active lobbyist in terms of new registrations was Daniel Perry of Summa Strategies Canada, with five registrations. Next was The Capital Hill Group’s Fernando Minna with four, then Victoria Jordan of Edelman and David Angus of The Capital Hill Group with three each. Four other lobbyists had double registrations: Jeff Smith of Longview Communications and Public Affairs, Dennis Burnside of The Capital Hill Group, Impact Public Affairs’ Christian von Donat, and Summa Strategies Canada’s Alon Faitelis.
In recent agriculture/trade registrants:
Funding for the implementation of innovation distribution systems is listed as the main topic of interest in two registrations filed on behalf of Goodfood Market Corp. by Daniel Bernier and Elly Alboim.
Montreal-based Taiga Motors is hoping to secure federal support for the manufacturing of off-road electric vehicles, including funding for research and development, as well as the deployment of charging stations, and federal rebates for the purchase of these vehicles. Alain Pilon of The Rothwell Group Inc. is lobbying for the company.
U.K.-based Financial Data And Technology Association has enlisted the help of Summa Strategies Canada’s Daniel Perry to advocate for the rights of consumers and small businesses with respect to financial data.
Other: PayTechs of Canada, Ryan ULC, Chicken Farmers of Canada, Sysco Canada Inc., BeSpoke Credit Cards Inc., ContactPoint 360, Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partners, Association des camps du Québec, Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting, GRAD4, Atlantic Gold, Canadian Food Innovation Network, CUNA Mutual Group, Carl Buddig and Company, Festivals and Major Events (FAME) Canada, GoodLeaf Farms.
In recent arts/culture/copyright registrants:
New York-based A24 Films was registered by Paul Tye-Ko of Sussex Strategy Group to hold discussions with officials from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officials and other government institutions on the impact that the mandatory 14-day quarantine is having on film production in Canada.
Indigo Books & Music Inc. has enlisted the help of Longview Communications and Public Affairs’ Jeff Smith to reach out on funding opportunities for the book industry, as well as a recovery fund that would be accessible to the arts and cultural sectors, as announced in the most recent budget.
Matawa Training and Wellness Centre is seeking capital funding for renovations. Donna Smith of Bain Smith Business Valuation + Consulting Inc. filed the registration.
Other: Fabienne Colas Foundation, Music Canada, Artscape, Fédération nationale des communications et de la culture
In recent defence/security registrants:
L-3 Technologies Canada, VARD Marine, Heddle Marine Service Inc.
In recent energy/environment/climate registrants:
The Canadian Institute for Clean Growth and Climate Change has a number of policy priorities listed in a registration filed by its president, including the establishment of a federal Net Zero Advisory Body and sharing research and recommendations to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 are two of the listed items.
Policies pertaining to Generation IV nuclear reactor technologies are the topic of interest for a registration of Oakville’s Terrestrial Energy Inc., which received $20 million in funding in the last fiscal year from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). Brian Smith of The Lanes Strategic Communications Inc. is lobbying for the company.
Thunder Bay-based mining company ZEN Graphene Solutions was registered by Kate Mah, Dan Pfeffer and James Anderson of PAA Public Affairs Advisors to engage with officials at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and other government institutions regarding a fuel additive to reduce emissions and increase performance.
SAF+CONSORTIUM lists a sustainable aviation fuel production pilot plant in the description of activities included in a registration filed by its CEO. The company received $219,000.00 in the last fiscal year from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), and it is looking to obtain further project financing from the government in future.
Sudbury company Renewable Resource Recovery Corp. is seeking funding to promote its proprietary technology, which uses geothermal energy from sewage pipes to eliminate fossil fuels for heating and cooling technology.
Other: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp., Price Industries Limited, Tourmaline Oil Corp., Stand Environmental Society, Montem Resources Alberta Operations Ltd.
In recent health registrants:
Michelle Coates Mather and Meera Sundaresan of Syntax Strategic registered for Children’s Healthcare Canada to lobby the government on the topics of education and health, including advocating for policies supporting mental and physical health in children and youth as part of Canada’s pandemic response and post-pandemic recovery plan.
Other: priMED Medical Products Inc., Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, Schizophrenia Society of Canada, HealthPRO Procurement Services Inc., Canadian Health Coalition (CHC), Paraza Pharma Inc.
In recent Indigenous registrants:
The Seine River First Nation is looking to obtain funding for a wild-rice development, and has hired Michael Gimelshtein of the CCS Group The First Nation received $4,779,661 from Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) in the previous fiscal year.
Other: Ha’oom Fisheries Society, Canadian Mountain Network, NunatuKavut Community Council.
In recent tech/telecommunications registrants:
Critical infrastructure and cybersecurity are among the issues of interest for the registration of TELUS Corporation by Hill & Knowlton Canada’s Ana Krstanovic. Krstanovic previously worked in the House of Commons in several roles, most recently as committee adviser to the chief government whip from September 2020 to April 2021.
Huawei Technologies Canada was registered by Carlos A. Godoy L. of Impact Public Affairs to engage with government regarding the company’s business activities and role in the country.
Kenora, Ontario-based tech company FSET Inc. is pursuing funding through the Universal Broadband Fund to purchase and deploy satellite-based internet services for Indigenous and non-Indigenous remote communities, and is also pushing for programs and regulations to boost the expansion of broadband services in remote communities. David Angus of The Capital Hill Group Inc. is lobbying for the company.
Other: Lighthouse Labs, Tenable, Inc., Benchmark Corp Inc., CyberArk Software Canada Inc., GRAD4, IBM Ocean Canada Limited
In recent transportation registrants:
Edelman’s Victoria Jordan registered for Nieuport Aviation Infrastructure Partners GP as the company seeks “opportunities to operate the terminal building within the limits of the 1983 Tripartite Agreement between the federal government, City of Toronto and Ports Toronto.” Nieuport Aviation Infrastructure Partners GP received $735,557.00 in funding from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in the previous fiscal year.
Other: NAV Canada, Alstom Transport Canada Inc.
The Alberta Community and Co-operative Association has enlisted the help of consultant Vernon Albush to make the case for legislative changes related to federal fuel charge rebates.
Other: International Business University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canadian Parks and Recreation Association, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations, Hermes College Network, Kids & Company, IDA Canada.
There were 371 communications reports in the period covered, with a total of 562 communications.
Several registrations of AbCellera Biologics Inc. had communication dates of over one year ago. Turkey Farmers of Canada also had two registrations from July of last year.
Most active client organizations
AbCellera Biologics Inc.: 32 communications, in-house staff
Canadian Institute for Clean Growth and Climate Change: 18 communications, in-house staff
Trans Canada Trail: 17 communications, in-house staff
Société québécoise de gestion collective des droits de reproduction (Copibec): 17 communications, in-house staff
Memorial University of Newfoundland: 14 communications, in-house staff
Frontier Duty Free Association: 14 communications, paid lobbyists
Most active paid lobbyists
Tiéoulé Traoré for 5 clients, 23 communications
Paul Tye-Ko for 3 clients, 16 communications
Roberto Chávez for 4 clients, 13 communications
Oumar Dicko for 1 client, 12 communications
Patricia Sibal for 3 clients, 9 communications
Lisa Kirbie for 3 clients, 9 communications
Isabel Metcalfe for 4 clients, 9 communications
Most lobbied public office holders:
Jamie MacDonald: director of nature conservation to the minister of environment and climate change, 17 communications
Paul Halucha: assistant secretary to the cabinet, Privy Council Office (PCO): 6 communications
Sarah Hussaini: chief of staff to the minister of innovation, science, and industry, 5 communications
Mike Burton: chief of staff to the minister of Indigenous services, 5 communications
Jonathan Wilkinson: minister of environment and climate change, 5 communications
François-Philippe Champagne, minister of innovation, science, and industry, 5 communications
Alison Porter: chief of staff to the minister of agriculture and agri-food, 5 communications
Most lobbied government institutions
House of Commons: 170
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED): 44
Prime Minister’s Office (PMO): 39
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC): 36
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC): 35
Most lobbied subject matters
Science and Technology: 48
Economic Development: 46
With files from Marguerite Marlin
Note: This article is based on two weeks of lobbying activity given the Victoria Day holiday last week.