Patrick Rooney

Patrick is Senior Consultant, Public Affairs, with the Health + Wellness team in Toronto. He brings expertise in political analysis and campaigns, policy analysis and development, digital advocacy, strategic communications, as well as community and stakeholder engagement to all his client work. His clients include AstraZeneca, TELUS Health, WeRPN, Campbellford Memorial Hospital, Cepheid and more.

Prior to joining H+K, Patrick spent two years working for the MS Society of Canada where he oversaw all government relations for Ontario and the Atlantic region while also leading the national digital advocacy program. Under his leadership, the Society ran their most successful digital advocacy campaign to date, engaging more than 10,000 supporters across the country to send letters to federal election candidates in their ridings.

Previously, Patrick spent seven years working in Ontario politics. His experience ranges from managing local campaigns to overseeing the design and implementation of the Ontario NDP’s first online activist training program to working in the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition. Throughout his career, Patrick has developed a keen understanding of how politics shape policies and why it’s so important to consider both in developing effective public affairs campaigns.

Patrick studied political science and history at the University of Waterloo and spent a year studying Mandarin, Chinese history, and culture at Sichaun University on a scholarship from the Confucius Institute. Patrick has also been an active volunteer with the Ontario Caregiver Coalition where he sits on the Research & Advocacy committee and as President of a Riding Association (EDA).