Event | Leadership 2022 – What’s Next for Alberta’s Political Landscape? 

As Alberta conservatives elect a new leader and Premier, now is the time for Alberta businesses and organizations to make their mark. 

Hill+Knowlton Strategies invites you to a virtual panel discussion following the UCP leadership vote to explore the remaining six months of the government’s first mandate and what businesses + organizations should expect as we head into an election in 2023. Our panel of experts will discuss the priorities of the new Premier and cabinet as they navigate economic recovery while appealing to Alberta voters. We’ll also examine how the opposition parties are preparing for the writ drop and what it all means for you and your business. 

Register to attend our virtual event featuring:

  • A fireside chat with Tom Vernon, Global TV’s Alberta Provincial Affairs Reporterand H+K’s Alberta Public Affairs + Advocacy Lead Natalie Sigalet
  • Followed by a panel discussion with Christine Myatt, Former Director, Strategic Communications, Office of the Alberta Premier and Jeff Ferrier, a Senior Vice-President of Public Affairs + Advocacy with H+K and the former Executive Director – Health Communications for BC Premier John Horgan, moderated by Natalie Sigalet.

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2022.

Time Zones: 

Toronto + Montreal EDT: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Regina CST + Calgary CST: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Vancouver PDT: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Register below to receive the login details + a calendar hold.

Based in Edmonton, Tom Vernon is the Provincial Affairs reporter for Global News in Alberta.
Tom started his broadcasting career in the radio industry, first as a creative writer/producer for Big Country 93.1 FM in Grande Prairie, moving into the newsroom there in 2004. In 2008, Tom moved to Regina and worked as a reporter for 620 CKRM before joining Global Regina that September.

In January 2013, Tom travelled to Sierra Leone as part of the Shaw Africa Project with Journalists for Human Rights. The trip gave him a chance to mentor young radio journalists in the capital Freetown, while reporting on economic development challenges facing the country for Global News.

Tom joined the team at Global Edmonton in August 2013. He is a two-time national RTDNA Award recipient.

When it comes to the Alberta Legislature, there isn’t much Christine Myatt hasn’t seen. She has held senior political ministerial roles, opposition communications roles, and most recently the Press Secretary and Director of Strategic Communications to Premier Jason Kenney. She has also served several roles in provincial and leadership campaigns. There are few who understand the goings-on of the Government of Alberta better than Christine. She brings a solid understanding of the Alberta government and the political process along with experience in strategic communications, public relations and media relations in the corporate world.

Christine is a University of Alberta graduate, holding a bachelor of arts with a major in political science and a minor in comparative religion. She spends her spare time playing softball and volunteering with the Ballet Edmonton.

Jeff Ferrier is one of Western Canada’s leading progressive public affairs and advocacy executives and leaders. With more than 20 years of experience, Jeff has served as strategic counsel and trusted advisor to a number of high-profile public and private sector organizations and brands.​

Before joining H+K, Jeff served as Executive Director of Health Communications for the Government of British Columbia. In this role, he was responsible for senior communications counsel for the province’s largest and most complex ministry amid two public health emergencies, supporting the work of the Minister of Health, Provincial Health Officer, Premier, Cabinet, provincial health authorities and the broader public service and health sector.​​

Before moving into consulting, Jeff was a journalist, a director of communications with Ontario’s NDP and media relations and issues management leader at Canada’s largest social housing provider. He has also served as communications counsel to federal, provincial and local government leaders, including B.C. Premier John Horgan during the 2017 and 2020 B.C. elections, and federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh during the 2019 federal campaign.

Natalie uses her deep understanding of politics and policies in Alberta to assist clients in navigating governmental processes. She supports clients in a number of sectors including energy, health care, retail, technology and the non-profit sector. In addition, Natalie leads the H+K team in Alberta.  ​

Prior to joining H+K, Natalie spent six years at the Alberta Legislature in a variety of positions, including chief of staff in advanced education and technology, municipal affairs, and as assistant director in the Premier’s Office under the administration of former Premier Alison Redford. Previously, Natalie worked for a member of parliament from British Columbia.​ She is active within the MS Society of Canada, serving on the National Government Relations Committee. Natalie has also served on the MS BIKE Leduc to Camrose organizing committee for 10 years.


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Contact Information: 

Matt Boudreau, Vice-President and Deputy National Sector Lead, Health + Wellness

[email protected]