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.