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,
please email


Chapter Executive

Kim Haakstad – PAAC BC Chapter President
Owner, Chief Client Advisor,
Global Public Affairs

Norma Miller  –  Vice President
Vice President, Government Relations and General Manager,
British Columbia Real Estate Association

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

Dean Crawford –  Member at Large
Coutts Pulver Crawford LLP

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

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

Dirk Laudan – Member at Large
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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

Sarah Weddell – Member at Large
Vice-President Public Affairs,
Hill+Knowlton Strategies