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.



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.


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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Connect with the experts

Tonie Chaltas, Chief Operating Officer
[Public Affairs, Corporate communications]
Brian Mersereau, Chairman
[Public Affairs]