John Capobianco is public affairs national practice lead in FleishmanHillard’s Toronto office. With over 25 years of grassroots political experience at all three levels of government, Mr. Capobianco offers a strong, seasoned and influential voice in public affairs. This experience has enabled him to build an extensive political network, which he can leverage to the benefit of organizations looking to engage with senior government officials.
Before joining FleishmanHillard in 2010, Mr. Capobianco was senior vice president of Edelman’s public affairs practice. Since joining Edelman in 2006, Mr. Capobianco has helped numerous private and non-profit organizations build and maintain strong relationships with key government decision-makers at the federal, provincial and municipal level. Mr. Capobianco has a vast knowledge of helping companies navigate thought the intricacies of government, including successfully helping the Heart and Stroke Foundation secure $15 Million in federal government funding for a Centre for Stroke Recovery, providing strategic Counsel to the Ontario Teachers’ Private Capital for its historic $52 billion acquisition of Bell Canada and assisting a world-leading security company get their new tobacco control stamps issue through to the federal government at both the political and bureaucratic levels.
As a political enthusiast, John has twice won the Conservative Party of Canada nomination for the Toronto-area riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore and ran as a federal Conservative candidate in the 2004 and 2006 elections under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. John is recognized as a leader in the conservative movement and is a regular political commentator in Canada’s national media.
He is currently president of the Public Affairs Association of Canada, past president of the Canadian Club of Toronto, and sits on the boards of the Albany Club of Toronto and Ontario Chamber of Commerce. John also advises Seneca College on their newly implemented post-graduate certificate Government Relations course. Mr. Capobianco earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and economics at York University and resides in Toronto, ON.