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Maryscott Greenwood, centre, pictured during the CABC conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. iPolitics/ Matthew Usherwood A prominent name in Canada-U.S. relations is joining a Canadian public affairs agency as it opens an office in Washington, D.C. Scotty Greenwood, the CEO of the Canadian American Business Council, […]
A prominent name in Canada-U.S. relations is joining a Canadian public affairs agency as it opens an office in Washington, D.C.
Scotty Greenwood, the CEO of the Canadian American Business Council, is leaving Dentons to join Crestview Strategy at its first international office.
Greenwood is staying on at the business council as she shifts from Dentons to Crestview. Greenwood joins the firm as a partner and the managing director of their U.S. work.
In the last three years, she has lobbied the federal government for the Canadian American Business Council, the Hudson Bay Railway Corp., Privet Fund Management, Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America, and the National Football League.
In an interview with iPolitics, Greenwood described this time in Canada-U.S. relations as “active, interesting (and) intense,” making it the “perfect moment to focus 100 per cent” on it in her new role at Crestview.
“It’s hard to interpret and predict the president of the United States in any circumstance, but it’s impossible to do it from afar. You’ve got to be in the mix and you can’t do that unless you’re there,” Greenwood said.
The Crestview office in the U.S. capital opens today.
Last week’s updates
There were 64 new registrations last week. Tafisa Canada Inc. was mentioned the most in new registrations, with three consultants registering to lobby on its behalf. By lobbyist, Chad Rogers of Crestview blew away the competition with eight new registrations last week. He was followed by Zayge Klein of Strategies North with five, and a small group at three: Edelman’s Christopher Vivone, Blake Oliver of Crestview, and Austin Glove of Strategies North. Crestview Strategy had the newest registrations last week with 12. Strategies North had eight and the CAI Global Group, Impact Public Affairs, Sussex Strategy Group and Edelman all had three signings.
In recent agriculture/trade/cannabis registrations:
Omar Khan of Hill+Knowlton registered for Ecomedics SAS O/ A Clever Leaves to lobby about their cannabis oil products and derivatives and similarities between the Canadian and Colombian regulatory regime.
Pioneer Hi-Bred Canada Company registered in-house staff to communicate about seeds and the Pest Control Act.
Blake Oliver of Crestview has registered for The Growcer, an Ottawa start up that makes hydroponic growing systems in tractor trailers, to lobby on securing funding from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to set up a regional distribution centre in Churchill, Man., to alleviate food insecurity in remote areas.
Mary Alyssa Edwards of Conway Baxter Wilson LLP/s.r.l. has registered for Ronsco Inc. to lobby for tariff relief. The company manufactures rolling stock used by the railway industry.
In recent environment/energy registrations:
Sarah Rang of Blue Water Consulting has registered for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative to explain phosphorus reduction plans used in communities along these water systems to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECC). Last year the organization, based in Chicago, received $200,000 in federal funding.
In recent health registrations:
Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. and Johnson & Johnson are concerned about changes to regulations around talc. Charles Kazaz of Blake Cassells & Graydon LLP has registered on behalf of the corporate giant(s) to lobby Health Canada and ECCC.
In recent Indigenous affairs registrations:
Strategies North Advisory’s new clients last week are First Nations looking for funding for capacity building and infrastructure investments. This includes Gitxsan Development Corp., Stswecem’c Xgat’tem, Eagle Lake First Nations, Williams Lake Indian Band and the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. Zayge Klein and Austin Glover are the lobbyists.
In recent manufacturing registrations:
Fatima Halimi, Marc Beauchamp and Isabel Cyr of the CAI Global Group have registered for Tafisa Canada, a wood flooring company based in Lac-Mégantic, Que., to lobby Natural Resources, Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) and Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions to purchase equipment to modernize their plant.
Mondelez Canada, home of some of our favourite snack food brands such as Cadbury, Oreo and Toblerone (check out the website, which is full of photos of women self-consciously munching chocolates and cookies) signed John Matheson of StrategyCorp to invite MPs to local events.
In recent transportation registrations:
Andrew Steele of StrategyCorp. has registered for Crosslinx Transit Solutions to discuss the under-construction Eglington Crosstrail light-rail transit line in Toronto with MPs and Transport Canada. The 19-kilometre, 25-station line is expected to open in 2021, and will be known as line five of Toronto’s rapid transit system.
Tiéoulé Traoré of National Public Relations has registered for Le Grand Costumier to lobby for funds to preserve its costume collection and expand commercial activities (workshop and costume rentals). The website says the collection is over 100,000 pieces.
Jason Clark of Crestview has registered for Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation to lobby for funding related to building biodiversity, climate resiliency and green infrastructure. The group is a registered charitable organization and, according to the CRA listing, received over $466,000 in government funding in 2018.
One by One Movement is founded by former members of gangs, extremist groups and ex-criminals to develop grassroots strategies to prevent youth from joining such groups or help youth safely leave them. Scott Gorry of Gorry and Associates has registered for the group to talk about youth justice issues, firearms issues, youth employment and youth-at-risk strategies.
There were 264 communication reports filed last week.
Most active client organizations, based on last week’s filings:
- Canadian Cable Systems Alliance Inc by in-house staff, 41
- United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, by in-house staff, 31
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce by in-house staff, 25
- Dairy Farmers of Manitoba, by in-house staff, 23
- Canadian Seed Trade Association by in-house staff, 19
- Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, by in-house staff, 12
Most active paid lobbyists:
- Giancarlo Drennan, for two clients, 5
- Isabel Metcalfe for two clients, 4
- Ania Kolodziej, for two clients, 3
- Chris Benedetti, for one client, 3
- Jefferson Gilbert for one client, 3
- Nicole Brassard, for one client, 3
- Serge Alexandre Buy, for one client, 3
Most lobbied public office-holders:
- Nik Zylstra, policy advisor in the Conservative Research Bureau, 6
- Karina Rolland-Sardana, policy advisor in the Conservative Research Bureau, 5
- Robert Sopuck Conservative MP from Manitoba, 5
- Darrell Samson, Liberal MP from Nova Scotia, 5
- Simon Beauchemin, advisor on Canada-US relations in the PMO, 4
- Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party and MP from B.C., 4
Most lobbied government institutions:
- House of Commons, 133
- Agriculture and Agri-Food, 18
- Global Affairs, 16
- PMO, 14
- ISED, 13
Most lobbied subjects, based on the first two subjects listed on each filing:
- Agriculture, 56
- International trade, 47
- Broadcasting, 44
- Telecommunications, 41
- Pensions, 33
- Environment, 21
with files from Kristen Smith