President and Directors

2019 Board of Directors

PAAC is fortunate to have the expert guidance and counsel of some of Canada’s pre-eminent public affairs professionals.

Ryan Eickmeier, President

Ryan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) 
…Bio Cont’d

Paul Yeung, Secretary/Treasurer

Paul Yeung is presently a Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Centre’s Canada Institute. …Bio Cont’d

Jennifer Dent, Vice President

Jennifer developed her public affairs career through positions with the public, private and …Bio Cont’d

Alex Greco, Events Chair

Alex Greco is a Policy and Government Relations Director at Canadian  Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), Canada’s largest trade and industry  association,  …Bio Cont’d

John Capobianco, Past President

John Capobianco is public affairs national practice lead in FleishmanHillard’s Toronto office. With over 25 years …Bio Cont’d

Stephen Andrews, Director

Dr. J. Stephen Andrews Director of Legislative and Political Affairs at Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association. In this position …Bio Cont’d

Harvey Cooper, Director
Working both in Canada and overseas, Harvey Cooper has honed an expertise over the …Bio Cont’d

Kim Haakstad , PAAC BC Chapter President & Director

Kim Haakstad is a master communicator with two decades of experience as a senior political aide and advisor, …Bio Cont’d

Robyn Gray, Director

Robyn Gray is a Vice President in the Energy and Environment Practice at Sussex Strategy Group.  …Bio Cont’d

Cristina Onosé, Director

Cristina is Lead, Advocacy and Thought Leadership within PWC’s Privacy and Cybersecurity team.   …Bio Cont’d

Michelle Eaton, Director

A communications and public affairs professional for close to 15 years …Bio Cont’d

Denes Rothschild, Director

Denes Rothschild is a partner with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Canada’s largest law firm, a member of the Competition, Antitrust and Foreign Investment Group and Co-Leader of the Public Policy and Government Relations Group. …Bio Cont’d



Past Presidents of PAAC

PAAC salutes the efforts of its past presidents – twelve in number since the organization was formed in 1984 – to build PAAC membership, enhance its services and contribute to the advancement of public affairs and the betterment of their fellow public affairs practitioners in Canada.

Ed Arundell (1984–1987)
John Wright (1987–1989)
Norm Cheesman (1989–1991)
Christopher Du Vernet (1991–1992)
Graham Murray (1992–1994)
Ian Connerty (1994–1996)
David Yudelman (1996–1998)
Kevin McGuire (1998–1999)
Chris Ballard (1999–2001)
Joe MacDonald (2001–2003)
Chris Benedetti (2003–2005)
Elaine Flis (2005–2007)
Joe MacDonald (2007–2009)
John Capobianco (2009-2018)

Past Presidents 2017 Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting December 13, 2018

From left to right, John Capobianco, Graham Murray, Ryan Eickmeier, Joe MacDonald