Brian Zeiler-Kligman

Senior Associate

Brian is a Senior Associate in the firm’s Ontario Government Relations practice. A member of the Ontario Bar, Brian has over a decade of experience representing, advocating for and building the influence of businesses in their public policy and regulatory objectives. With a diverse professional background, Brian has expertise in a number of policy areas to meet his clients’ objectives and add significant value to their organizations.

Brian has spent his career at the intersection between business and government, helping both to understand the priorities of the other and create effective public policy that can be supported by all parties. Prior to joining Sussex, Brian worked on environmental regulatory compliance for one of Canada’s largest industries, including driving governmental and operational strategies and monitoring national and international policy developments. Brian has also served in senior public affairs, stakeholder management and advocacy roles at major local and national business associations and worked at a major national law firm. Recognized as a public policy expert in several fields, policy papers written by Brian have been cited by governments in announcing their policies; endorsed by political candidates and incorporated into election platforms; as well as made part of university curriculums. Brian has also authored scholarly articles in the areas of health, social and international trade and investment policy.

Brian holds a B.A. (Honours) from the University of British Columbia, an M.A. (International Affairs) from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and a LL.B. from the University of Ottawa Common Law School.

In addition to his work at Sussex, Brian is a part-time faculty at York University, teaching International Business.  Brian has also served on several Boards of Directors and several government and university advisory boards and groups.  In addition to his professional roles and responsibilities, Brian is also an amateur stand-up comic.

Ontario Election Year Insights
Happy new election year! The legislative session is paused, set to resume in February (following the Family Day holiday) and leading to an election set for June 7, 2018. So, like we did in October, Sussex thought it was opportune to provide our clients with some insights into what is on the horizon for Ontario public affairs in the first part of 2018.
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Ontario Fall Economic Statement: Fair is Fair
Today, Ontario Minister of Finance, Hon. Charles Sousa rose to deliver an election-ready fiscal update, tabling the 166-page fiscal update with the campaign-ready titled “A Strong and Fair Ontario,” and announcing in Question Period that the Liberals are balancing the budget this year and for the next two years.
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All Tangled Up: Cutting Through Ontario’s Red Tape
Fairly or not, there are rumblings about the cost and difficulty of doing business in Ontario. Hydro rates are a perennial issue; cap-and-trade has added a new business consideration/cost; an increase in the minimum wage to $14/hour is on the way in January, with an increase to $15/hour in 2019.
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Ontario Election 2018 Themes Emerging from Start of Fall Session
As the fall season starts to settle in, election season in Ontario is clearly already in full swing. For Members of Provincial Parliament, the Thanksgiving week break in the Legislature is an opportunity to touch base with constituents and reconnect with local communities. For keen observers like us with a direct interest in Ontario public affairs, and our clients, it is an opportunity to take stock of the first part of the Fall sitting and what it all means for the provincial election in June 2018.
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Ontario’s Approach to Recreational Cannabis: It Finally Gets A Little Less Hazy
Yes, the headline puns will be going into overdrive over the next few days (as always, Sussex looks to be ahead of the curve). Today, the Ontario Government announced the general framework for the legalization of recreational cannabis in the province, when it takes place next summer.
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Canada Day 150 Brings (Mostly) Free Trade Within Canada
It is quintessentially Canadian that beer and margarine have been the driving forces behind internal free trade in Canada.
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