British Columbia Chapter of Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC-BC)


The Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC) is a national, not-for-profit organization founded in 1984. Our principal objective is to help public affairs professionals succeed in their work by providing them with forums for professional development, the exchange of new ideas and networking.

PAAC’s growing membership represents a cross-section of the many disciplines involved in public affairs including policy development, government relations, lobbying, communications, opinion research and public relations. Our members come from both the private and public sectors, in areas such as industrial and financial companies, crown corporations, consulting firms, small business, ministries and municipalities, PR organizations, trade associations, educational institutions, law and accounting firms.

The events we offer range from full professional development conferences to tools and techniques sessions and high-profile speakers. We also publish a comprehensive newsletter featuring the latest PAAC and industry news, as well as online job postings from across the country.

To suggest future events or learn more about the chapter,
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PAAC BC Chapter Executive

Kim Haakstad – PAAC BC Chapter President
Vice President Government Relations & General Manager
Global Public Affairs

Tamara Little  –  Vice President
Owner and Chief Client Advisor
Coast Communications and Public Affairs

Bill Tieleman – Treasurer/Secretary
West Star Communications

Mike Cunningham – Membership Chair
Graphite Public Affairs

Alycia Coulter – Events Chair
Manager, Government and Public Relations
Canadian Home Builders’ Association of British Columbia

Jack Middleton – Events Chair
Manager, Government Affairs at Steelhead LNG

Members at Large

Derek Badger
Manager, Government Affairs (BC)
Janssen Inc

Serge Corbeil  –  Member at Large
Director, Government Relations, Western Region,
Air Canada

Mike Drummond –  Member at Large
Principal, BC,
Earnscliffe Strategy Group

Jeffrey Ferrier – Member at Large
Associate Vice President,
Fleishman-Hillard (Vancouver)

Michael Gardiner
Principal | MG Strategies

Mike LoVecchio
Director – Government Affairs at Canadian Pacific

Steve Vander Wal – Member at Large
Vice-President Public Affairs,
Hill+Knowlton Strategies