On November 8th PAAC will host its second speed mentoring event for students and emerging professionals (our first event was a hit!). This is a unique opportunity to meet with a successful and diverse group of professionals working across the public affairs industry. Those currently working within the public affairs industry are also welcome to attend this event as an opportunity to network amongst peers.

Join us for dynamic discussions covering a variety of topics such as career path recommendations and moves, work-life balance, and experiential requirements to name but a few.


David Arbuckle

David Arbuckle is currently the Manager of Strategic Public Policy, External Relations and Outcome Based Planning and Budgeting at the Region of Peel. Prior to joining the municipal sector, David served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. His work experience also includes legislative and stakeholder relations within the Ontario Government in addition to private sector consulting in the areas of strategic communications, government relations and issues management.

Vanessa Dupuis

Vanessa is the Strategic and Operations Advisor to the Auditor
General of Ontario. In this role, Vanessa advises the Auditor General
on strategy for the Office, in response to inquiries, and for public
engagements and press conferences.

Prior to working for the Office of the Auditor General, Vanessa was one of ten candidates selected from across Canada to participate in an internship program at the Ontario Legislature. Her work experience also includes eight years as an entrepreneur with her own sports training business and summer employment positions in the sports training field. These positions included her appointment to the position of Manager and Interim General Manager of a $10 million business. Vanessa’s management and training skills also led to her appointment as Head Goalie Instructor for an International Men’s Hockey Team training camp.

Stewart Kiff

Stewart Kiff advises his clients on important social, legal, economic and government questions. With nearly three decades of direct working experience in Ontario public affairs, Stewart previously worked as a daily newspaper reporter. Stewart is a founding board member of the Economic Club of Canada andhas also been an active volunteer with the Toronto Métis community and with numerous political campaigns. Stewart regularly writes and speaks about public affairs. His articles have been published in daily newspapers such as The Ottawa Citizen and Le Droit d’Ottawa and weeklies such as L’Express de Toronto.

Peter Landry

Peter is a skilled facilitator who has a deep understanding of how government works and how to affect public policy.  Having held senior roles in the civil service and politics, he oversees Enterprise’s government relations and research arms, using his unique insight to advise clients how public opinion can affect government policy.

Andrew Pask

Andrew is the Principal of AP Public Affairs. He has 30 years of public policy, campaign management and political experience gained while working as; a Special Assistant to a Cabinet Minister on Parliament Hill, an Assistant with Provincial Government Ministers and Members and Political Staff at Toronto City Hall. His private sector service includes being Manager of Municipal Affairs for Bell and as an Account Director of Public Affairs and Vice President of Municipal Affairs for Government Relations firms.

Justin Rangooni

Justin is a lawyer in the energy sector. After being called to the bar, Justin worked in the Ontario Government for the Ministers of Government Services and Energy.  He then entered the energy sector as a policy advisor with the Canadian Wind Energy Association and is currently serving as Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs for the Electricity Distributors Association.

Patrick Sackville

Patrick is the Policy & Government Relations Lead for the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, an association representing the interests of Ontario’s 80,000 professional engineers and more than 250,000 engineering graduates. Prior to this role, Patrick held a variety of policy and stakeholder relations positions at Queen’s Park. He currently sits on a number of regulatory and industry advisory committees and is a fellow of the London Institute. A campaign manager, political contributor on Newstalk1010, and a craft beer aficionado. His advice: don’t mix all three.

Michael Westcott

Michael’s experience has included work in the gaming, retail and consumer packaged goods industries. He has worked on political campaigns at the national level in Canada, as well as provincially in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick, and municipally in Toronto and Hamilton. Globally, he has worked on major projects in Australia and Trinidad and Tobago. Michael currently works with Rothmans, Benson & Hedges.


5:00pm – 5:30pm Registration and networking

5:30pm – 5:40pm Opening comments and introductions

5:40pm – 6:00pm Welcoming remarks from special guest speaker

6:00pm – 7:30pm Short discussions will be conducted on a rotational basis

7:30pm Closing comments and continued networking until 8:00

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