Fall Speed Mentoring Event 2018

  • November 13, 2018
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • 12


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Are you a student or emerging professional? On November 13, join PAAC for its speed mentoring event! This is a unique opportunity to meet with successful senior professionals working across the public affairs industry. Those currently working in public affairs are also welcome to attend and network amongst peers.

Don’t miss dynamic discussions covering a variety of topics, including career path recommendations and moves, work-life balance, and experiential requirements to name but a few.


Brett James, Principal, Sussex Strategy Group

Brett James has been an owner and principal of Sussex Strategy Group since 2000. Brett provides clients with strategic counsel on major business issues, informed and intelligent guidance on their government interaction and communications advice to leverage public opinion on issues affected by government decisions. Brett is responsible for the firm’s federal government relations practice, its strategic communications business and coordinates its provincial GR outside of Ontario. Brett is well-known in business and media circles for his thoughtful guidance and positioning of complicated issues leading to better business, policy and political outcomes.

Ruby Latif, Milieu Strategy and Consulting

Ruby Latif has over 15 years’ experience in building strategic partnerships and advancing community-centered initiatives. In her independent consultancy, Milieu Strategy and Consulting and during her time working in the offices of Premier Dalton McGuinty and Mayor John Tory, Ruby has worked with over 1,000 community groups across Ontario, engaged with more than 500 ethnic media outlets, and facilitated over 300 community focused events. Her research focuses on breaking down barriers to underrepresented groups in leadership positions, media representations of women and visible minorities, and creating partnerships to advance diversity & inclusion initiatives. Ruby is a former Young Women of Distinction recipient, a Zonta Young Women in Public Affairs Award recipient and has been named one of the most influential South Asian Canadians by South Asian Generations Next magazine.

Daniel Malik, VP, Policy and Stakeholder Relations, Toronto Finance International

Daniel Malik is Vice President, Policy & Stakeholder Relations for Toronto Finance International (TFI).  TFI is a public-private partnership between Canada’s three levels of government, the financial services sector and academia. TFI’s mission is to lead collective action that drives the competitiveness and growth of Toronto’s financial sector and establishes its prominence as a leading international financial centre.  Prior to TFI, Daniel served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Finance and as an economist in the Federal-Provincial Relations Group at the Ontario Ministry of Finance.  

Ginny Roth, National Practice Lead for Government Relations, Crestview Strategy

Ginny Roth is National Practice Lead for Government Relations at CrestviewStrategy’s, a public affairs agency. Prior to joining the Crestview team, Ginny worked at Queen’s Park and as a party organizer for the Ontario PC Party. At Crestview, Ginny acts as the lead consultant for both national trade organizations and corporate clients with a specific focus on servicing clients in the disruptive economy space helping them navigate the regulatory and legislative challenges that exist with new market entry. She has appeared as a panelist and contributor on television and radio commenting on a wide range of political issues for CTV, CityTV and other media outlets.

Alexandria Shannon, Director, Business to Government Products, QP Briefing

Alexandria’s experience in multi-national  GR environments facing increasingly strict regulations helped prepare her for her current role as a B2G Director. In addition to working in a contentious FMCG GR climate, Alexandria spent a considerable time in Brussels, working with both private and public organizations including the European Commission and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Her specializations include stakeholder relations, Canada – EU political and economic development, deriving data driven insights, implementing change management practices and policy creation.

Amelia (Amy) Swanson, Senior Manager, Government Relations, YMCA of Greater Toronto

Amelia (Amy) Swanson is the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s Senior Manager, Government Relations, and provides support to capital development and operations throughout the Association. Involved with the YMCA since her early years, she currently includes in her portfolio: relationship development and stewardship with officials at all levels of government, support for the Y GTA’s strategic plan including the 10-in-10 capital campaign, advocacy, election planning and execution while also supporting the leadership team in their various external relations roles.

Prior to joining the YMCA of Greater Toronto, Amy worked in politics for eight years serving a number of Cabinet Ministers as Director of Operations, Senior Policy Advisor and Caucus Relations liaison. Amy also worked in Public Affairs and as an international teacher in Thailand and Colombia.

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Location: Samara Canada – 33 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto


5:00pm – 5:30pm Registration and Networking

5:30pm – 5:40pm Opening comments and introductions

5:00pm – 7:00pm Short discussions will be conducted on a rotational basis

7:00pm – 7:45pm Closing comments and continued networking

Registration Fee:

Members $25 + HST

Non-Members $35 + HST

Student Members $25 + HST

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