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.

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, Government Relations, Crestview Strategy

Ginny Roth is National Practice Lead for Government Relations at Crestview Strategy’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.


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