At Campbell Strategies, we have two types of clients: those who have issues they need resolved. And, those who have opportunities they need realized. Despite this difference, there remains a constant between them. The need for wise counsel from people who understand their unique situations. Completely.
As a bonus, our clients find themselves working with a team of government relations and communications professionals who are not only highly experienced, but without the hyperbole and self-importance that – in our industry – so often comes with it.
We’re connected, of course. But it’s deeper than that.
We treat our network of government, media, and regulatory leaders as relationships, not just connections. Our reputation is based on the right ask, at the right time, of the right people, with the right message.
You’ll get no bullshit from us, and we’ll deliver none to our network
Parli is our online dictionary of Canadian political words, terms, and phrases. It covers the A to Z (pronounced as ‘zed’, of course) of Canadian political language, and its origins.
Have a look. Then you’ll know why the phrase “you had an option” has a uniquely Canadian meaning (and be worried if someone tells you this with a pointed finger). Read the Parli press release.
Thalidomide Victims Get Their Due
After 50 years of broken promises by government, Canada’s thalidomide survivors finally have the recognition and the funding they need to make their lives a bit easier. Thalidomide was a prescription drug that was used to treat morning sickness in pregnant women.
Instead, the drug became the worst prescription drug disaster in world history as the drug caused severe malformations in the womb, including missing limbs, organs, and often led to premature death.
Campbell Strategies acted pro bono for Canada’s thalidomide victims, which led to a unanimous vote in the House of Commons on December 1, 2015, and a $180+ million funding package for Canada’s remaining survivors (now less than 100 people). The campaign was assisted by significant media coverage, most notably from The Globe & Mail.
Banning Door to Door Sales Gains Momentum
Thousands of Ontarians have experienced aggressive and misleading sales tactics from door to door salespeople in the home services sector. To address this, we organized a campaign calling on the Ontario government to implement a province-wide ban of these types of door to door sales, including the sales of water heaters, water filtrations systems and furnaces.
The campaign received significant media attention from media outlets across the province. As a result over 10 municipalities passed resolutions calling on the province to ban these sales, including the City of Toronto.
The province is currently considering a bill to ban door-to-door sales in this sector. If passed, this will finally protect Ontarians from these predatory practices.
A Green Light For A Greenhouse (Cannabis)
A licensed medical cannabis producer was in the middle of building a $50 million greenhouse when city council voted against the project, putting the investment in jeopardy and worrying investors.
The company was planning to grow mums while it went through a very lengthy appeals process when Campbell Strategies reached out to them with a solution.
A recent election meant they could bring the project back to council. However, its most ardent opponent remained on council and vowed to kill the project.
Over the course of six months, Campbell Strategies orchestrated a broad and comprehensive government relations, media relations, polling, strategic communications and citizen engagement campaign. More than 1000 residents signed a petition in favour of the project, 150 wrote letters to council and the earlier decision was overturned unanimously. The decision salvaged the company’s $50 million investment and its stock jumped, adding $100 million in value.
Provincial Credit Unions Go National
Prior to the work of Campbell Strategies, credit unions, as creatures of provincial regulatory regimes, were restricted to their own provinces. Then, a number of Canada’s largest credit unions retained Campbell Strategies to develop and propose national framework which would permit credit unions to expand across Canada.
We created political messaging such as the need for the Federal Government to have the opportunity for greater oversight of systemically important financial institutions (the largest credit unions) and the need for greater competition in retail banking.
After working to introduce amendments to the Bank Act, we created an environment for the establishment of “federal credit unions.”
Tax Change Aids Cross Border Transactions
A coalition of major Canadian multinational companies retained Campbell Strategies to advocate for the elimination of the withholding tax on interest… tax which was having an adverse impact on cross border acquisitions by Canadian companies.
We developed the strategic communications and government relations program designed to convince the Government that the benefits of elimination the tax outweighed any revenue loss to Canada. We acted as the coalition secretariat, coordinated expert research, developed key messages and designed and implemented an outreach plan with key officials, political staff and political decision makers.
In time, and notwithstanding a change of government and a new Minister of Finance the government concluded that the elimination of the tax was called for and the change was implemented.
President & Founder
Natalie Dash (On Leave)
- President & Founder
- Government Relations
Barry Campbell is the Founder and President of Campbell Strategies. He is one of the leading public affairs consultants in Canada, with a career spanning four decades in law, politics and government relations. Mr. Campbell has represented many of Canada’s leading corporations across a host of complex policy areas. He has provided counsel in several policy areas including: financial services regulation, taxation, mergers and acquisitions, health and education, among numerous other policy areas.
Mr. Campbell served as a Member of the Parliament of Canada from 1993 to 1997. During that time, he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, later Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Paul Martin. In this capacity, he assisted in the development of the budgetary policy of the Government of Canada, and assisted in tax policy, trade policy and financial services sector policy. Mr. Campbell served for two years as Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.
- Government Relations
Paul Brown has a broad range of government and public policy experience. From 1984 to 1988 Mr. Brown served in the federal Conservative government as Policy Advisor to the Industry Minister, Executive Assistant to the President of the Treasury Board, and Chief of Staff to the Minister of Labour. His primary areas of responsibility ranged from the privatization of Crown corporations, oversight of Crown corporations, regional development policy, aerospace and military matters, and national labour dispute resolution.
Mr. Brown has provided strategic advice to numerous companies and organizations in their dealings with government at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. Mr. Brown has advised clients across several public policy areas, including: health care, energy and power generation, infrastructure, real estate development, procurement, transportation, financial services, income trusts, insolvency, and regulatory reforms.
From 2006 to 2012 Mr. Brown served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Enwave Energy Corporation – one of the largest district energy companies in North America. In 2012 he also served as Chair of the Special Committee responsible for the successful sale of the company. Mr. Brown serves as Chairman of the Board of the Sandbox Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health outcomes of Canadian children and youth. Paul served on the boards of the Canadian Jewish Congress and Beth Tzedec Synagogue, and was the President of the Oakdale Golf & Country Club from 2008 to 2010.
Mr. Brown was a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, holds a Bachelor of Laws, University of Western Ontario (LL.B.), and a Bachelor of Science in Economics (B.Sc.) from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
In the 2005/06 federal election Mr. Brown served as the Ontario Co-Chair of the national Conservative Party Campaign and remains an active volunteer in conservative campaigns at the federal, provincial and municipal levels.
- Government Relations
Christopher Holz is a seasoned public affairs executive with over a decade of experience. He serves clients in several policy areas including energy, real estate and infrastructure development, retail, and healthcare.
In 2010, he was ranked as “one of the top ten lobbyists at Queen’s Park” according to Queen’s Park Briefing. Prior to joining Campbell Strategies, he served as Senior Communications Advisor for the Ontario Minister of Energy and the Chair of the Cabinet.
Following the 2007 provincial election, he served as Senior Advisor, Policy to the Ontario Minister of Finance and Chair of the Treasury Board/Management Board of Cabinet.
Ted is the stakeholder outreach and communications specialist at Campbell Strategies. With over three decades of experience, he brings not only the strategic chops to ensure our clients have the best communications plans, but also an award winning skill set in media relations, writing, video, graphics, and digital media that bring these plans to life.
He’s been the go-to person for crisis and issues management on such subjects as athlete use of performance enhancement drugs, blood
He is also a municipal affairs expert, having branded three cities and led communications files in public health, social services, water and wastewater, economic development and tourism.
- Stakeholder Relations
Kevin has spent the past 20 years working successfully on a wide variety of siting issues, including hydro dams, gas plants, factories, airports, waste facilities and nuclear plants. Prior to joining Campbell Strategies, he led public affairs for Canada’s second-largest electricity producer, where he was responsible for securing community and government approval for $16 billion in projects.
Kevin spent six years as head of Communications at the Ontario Ministries of Energy and Infrastructure. He has extensive experience in grassroots and public relations campaign strategies, as well as high-level experience in politics at all levels of government on both sides of the border.
Kevin started his career as a reporter with the Associated Press in Washington DC. He has a Master’s in Journalism from Northwestern University.
Natalie Dash (On Leave)
- Government Relations
Natalie Dash is an experienced government relations consultant with a strong background in developing advocacy campaigns and managing stakeholder relations. She provides counsel and strategic advice to clients on a broad range of policy issues and across all levels of government.
These mandates have included: energy, real estate and infrastructure development, financial services, healthcare, transportation, aviation, among others.
Ms. Dash was listed by Maclean’s Magazine in 2014 as one of the top ten ‘busiest’ lobbyists in Ottawa.
As an integral member of the Thalidomide Survivors Taskforce, Ms. Dash spent two years campaigning pro-bono on behalf of survivors of the drug thalidomide. As part of the small team running the national campaign, she built broad political, media and public support for a fair financial package for the survivors. As a result of this effort, the House of Commons voted unanimously to provide survivors with “full support”. The federal government announced $180 million shortly thereafter to fulfil this pledge and provide survivors with ongoing tax-free support for the rest of their lives.
Ms. Dash holds an MSc in Public Policy from University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom and a B.A. in Political Science from McGill University. She is an active member of the Public Affairs Association of Canada.
- Government Relations
Gayle Nathanson has spent more than 20 years working in public affairs, and brings experience in stakeholder relations, government relations and public policy on a range of issues.
Prior to joining Campbell Strategies, Gayle held roles in the private sector, government and not-for-profit organizations including: Director, External Affairs at the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA); Special Advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Ontario Office of International Relations and Protocol; and Vice Chair of the Ontario Office for Victims of Crime. Gayle is a lawyer by training and practiced civil litigation at Goodmans LLP in Toronto. She is a graduate of McGill University and Osgoode Hall Law School.