public affairs

Governments have a profound impact on the way business is conducted. We’ll help ensure you’re prepared for this ever-changing landscape and equipped to meaningfully affect government decisions and processes.

Our team understands both the decision-makers and the decision-making process. We have served alongside prime ministers and premiers, at the executive branches of the public service and the Canadian Armed Forces—and, as elected officials ourselves. Our strategic counsel and programs manage internal and external debates through compelling, strategically delivered arguments—often using social media, key stakeholder and influencer outreach, and media relations.

We fuse traditional and digital communications techniques with political acumen to develop campaigns that position issues that merit popular support—allowing decision-makers to understand its rational, emotional and political strengths. Whether it’s securing a multi-billion dollar procurement contract, explaining opposition to a new tax or mobilizing support for an infrastructure project, we help clients succeed in every jurisdiction.

PROCUREMENT

Our procurement team deeply understand the complex requirements of value propositions, Industrial Technological Benefits (ITBs) and Industrial Regional Benefits (IRBs), and has unmatched experience working at all levels within the Department of National Defence, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Industry Canada, Shared Services Canada, Public Safety and the Strategic Aerospace Defence Initiative. Plus, our security and trade experts can expertly navigate and influence Canadian trade decisions or enhance security capabilities.

We work with foreign and domestic prime contractors and suppliers to strategically identify B2B opportunities for long-term Canadian and export supply opportunities—harnessing the right communications support to engage the Crown, industry and public-at-large.

MUNICIPAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Navigating the municipal sector is complex, with significant infrastructure and community approvals central to many projects.

Our in-depth, local government knowledge—in all aspects of municipal government, including land-use planning, energy project approvals, environmental assessment and transit expansion—is unmatched. And we get results.

MERGERS + ACQUISITIONS

Our experienced team works seamlessly with legal and financial advisers to mitigate deal risks and ensure financial transaction success.

It’s our unique blend of communications and government relations disciplines, coupled with H+K’s national and international reach, that makes us the industry benchmark for trusted transactions counsel.

Over the years—thanks to expertise that spans strategic national industries (such as technology), heavily regulated sectors (mining and resources, telecoms), foreign investors, creditor protection, and sovereign wealth—we’ve advised some of the world’s largest organizations as well as smaller public companies looking to grow or sell. And our track record has yielded successful business mergers, strategic sector investments, takeover protection and proxy battles—all while keeping corporate reputation and healthy relationships with governments, regulators and stakeholders intact.

That’s why, when Canada’s most prestigious companies and organizations contemplate the strategic financial transactions that put their corporate strategies and reputations on the line, they turn to us.

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