PAAC Presents Breakfast with Glenn Thibeault, Ontario Minister of Energy. (Biography)

On May 2nd, PAAC hosts a breakfast conversation with Glenn Thibeault, Ontario’s Minister of Energy. Over the years, the Energy file has proven to be one of the provincial government’s most complex portfolios, as recently demonstrated by public concern over rising electricity prices.  In response, the government released its Fair Hydro Plan to reduce electricity bills by 25 percent on average for all households and as many as half a million small businesses and farms.
To achieve this reduction, Minister Thibeault examined the province’s energy policies from every angle in order to deliver the single largest cut to hydro rates in Ontario’s history, held to inflation for four years, and which will fit into long-term structural change for the electricity system.


Are you a student or emerging professional? Join PAAC's speed mentoring event! This is a unique opportunity to meet with successful senior professionals working across the public affairs industry. Those currently working in public affairs are also welcome to attend and network amongst peers.

Don't miss dynamic discussions covering a variety of topics, including career path recommendations and job changes, work-life balance, and experiential requirements to name but a few.


Luca Bucci, Luca is the VP of Government Relations

CPA Ontario

Luca is the VP of Government Relations and Public Policy at CPA Ontario. He has close to a decade of progressively responsible government relations experience, acquired through work in multiple levels of government, agency, and industry. Luca served as a Chief of Staff to three Ministries in the Ford Government: Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. At the Federal level, he served as an Advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Luca also has experience working in the private sector. He was a Senior Consultant at Hill and Knowlton Strategies, Canada's largest government relations consulting agency, and spent a year advising the executive leadership team at Hydro One on matters of government relations and corporate affairs. Luca studied Math and History at the University of Waterloo, and has a passionate connection to his hometown, Hamilton, and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Harvey Cooper, Deputy Executive Director

Ontario Region of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada

Working both in Canada and overseas, Harvey Cooper has honed an expertise over the last 3 decades in assisting the non-profit, co-operative and voluntary sectors effectively represent their interests to government at all jurisdictional levels. He currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada.

The Federation represents some 100,000 non-profit housing co-operative residences, home to over a quarter million Canadians. In his current role, Harvey oversees a full range of public affairs and communications responsibilities including government and media relations, strategy development, and directing many grassroots advocacy campaigns.

Clara Chan, Director, Funding Administration Branch

Ontario Ministry of Economic Development Job Creation and Trade

Since starting in the Ontario Public Service in 2000, she has demonstrated considerable expertise and leadership in policy development and program administration, in the Ministries of Community and Social Services, Education, Economic Development and Growth and Treasury Board Secretariat/Ministry of Finance. She is currently responsible for the delivery of MEDJCT business support programs. Clara has a B.A. (Honours) in Economics from McMaster University and a Masters in Public Administration from Queen's University.

Sarina Rehal, Senior Consultant

Crestview Strategy

Sarina Rehal is a Senior Consultant in the Government Relations practice at Crestview Strategy's, a public affairs agency. With specific experience in CSR and stakeholder management, Sarina leads large national coalitions, associations, and multinational consumer brands in navigating public affairs and reputation opportunities and challenges with governments at all levels. Sarina has her BA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, and her MBA from the Schulich School of Business. She has appeared as a panelist and contributor on television and radio commenting on a wide range of political issues for CTV, CBC and other media outlets.

James Rilett, Vice President, Central Canada

Restaurants Canada

James Rilett is a political veteran with a wide range of experience in various portfolios. He has held a senior position at Restaurants Canada as Vice President, Central Canada for six years. In this role he has led government relations and communications campaigns as well as acting as a spokesperson for the association and the industry.

He spent 17 years working in political Opposition and serving in seven different ministries in Government. He worked in policy and communications roles as well as Chief of Staff for three Ministers. He also spent 2 years in the Premier's Office with responsibility for Stakeholder Relations.

At Restaurants Canada, Rilett is responsible for representing the association's views at to the provincial government and to the public as spokesperson on industry issues.

Additional speakers will be added, so check back.

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019

Location: Samara Canada - 33 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto


5:15pm - 5:45pm Registration and Networking

5:45pm - 6:00pm Opening comments and introductions

6:00pm - 8:00pm Short discussions will be conducted on a rotational basis

8:00pm - 8:15pm: Closing Comments

Registration Fee:

Members $15 + HST

Non-Members $25 + HST

Student Members $15 + HST

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