Chris Collenette appointed senior associate

TORONTO (October 21, 2014) — Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K)—Canada’s top-ranked public relations and public affairs firm—is pleased to welcome Chris Collenette as a senior associate in its Toronto office. With international experience, expertise and connections, Chris will focus on new business development and strengthening H+K’s presence in Toronto’s public affairs market.

“Chris is a superb addition to our national team and brings a unique background influencing and affecting change with governments alongside senior corporate experience,” says Geoff Owen, vice-president and public affairs group leader at H+K Toronto. “Together, his strategic vision will connect clients to people and important developments at Queen’s Park.”

Chris has been a public affairs consultant for more than 10 years—on top of his involvement in the Liberal Party of Canada and the Ontario Liberal Party where for several years he was a volunteer, fundraiser and political staff member. Prior to entering the private sector, Chris served as an adviser for Ontario to the prime minister of Canada, minister of industry and minister of health. His considerable experience and relationships with the new majority Liberal government will provide extremely valuable insights to H+K and its clients.

“Chris brings diverse experience from Canada and abroad that will bolster our efforts and continue to help clients communicate and engage across party lines and with key stakeholders who influence decisions,” continues Owen.

A citizen of both Canada and Great Britain, Chris will work between Toronto and Dublin, Ireland, to provide strategic advice regarding public affairs, B2B, trade and inward investment. He will continue to concentrate on opportunities for Canadian, U.K. and Irish companies on both sides of the Atlantic using his deep knowledge of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), recently signed between Canada and the European Union.