Chris Benedetti


Chris Benedetti is a Principal with Sussex Strategy Group, and Head of its Energy and Environment Practice.  With experience in both federal and provincial governments, Mr. Benedetti provides an in-depth insight and expertise into various policy development and political processes, and brings to Sussex an extensive background in strategic communications and public affairs.

Mr. Benedetti has advised a diverse range of domestic and international clients.  Since 1999 he has led client efforts related to energy-related policy, regulatory and procurement matters.  Mr. Benedetti has helped clients not only better understand the policy and political imperatives that are the basis for decisions surrounding system planning and procurement, but have also assisted in working with government and its agencies to amend policies where and when warranted; in complying with various rules and requirements; and in liaising with affected local stakeholders and communities.

Mr. Benedetti has also led public affairs efforts on behalf of clients in areas such as health care and biotechnology; agriculture; public-private partnerships; international trade and investment; and government procurement.  In addition to his sector expertise, Mr. Benedetti is an expert in the area of public administration and political affairs.  He has spoken at numerous conferences on government relations and has been published in several leading journals.  While managing the interests of several high-profile public and private sector clients, Mr. Benedetti also serves as Director of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO), Director of ZooShare Biogas Cooperative, Director of the Empire Club of Canada, and is a Past Chair of the Recycling Council of Ontario; and has served on the Program Advisory Committee for the Certificate in Sustainability Programme at Ryerson University.  He has also served as a Director and Vice President of the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy; Past President of the Public Affairs Association of Canada; and Senior Advisor to the Canada-Europe Roundtable for Business.

Prior to joining Sussex, Mr. Benedetti was Vice President and Government Relations Practice Leader for a global public affairs and communications company.  He has also held several positions in the federal government with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and as a political advisor within the House of Commons and the Senate of Canada.

Mr. Benedetti holds a BA in law and a BA (High Hons.) in political science from Carleton University, and an MA in political science (International Relations) from McMaster University and the University of Bath, England.

Sussex Ontario Election Update – Energy and Environment
The election of a majority Progressive Conservative government marks a watershed moment in the political climate in Ontario. Notwithstanding the twists and turns that resulted in Doug Ford being elected yesterday as the 26th Premier of Ontario (a transition that will become official on June 29th), voters gave the PCs a very clear majority mandate – meaning that the government will have considerable power and runway to bring their vision and promises to reality over the next four years.
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The People's Guarantee - Ontario PC Platform and how it impacts energy
The People’s Guarantee was developed following a robust online policy resolution and voting process, where a myriad of topics were weighed and considered in the hopes of winning the support of voters. While releasing a platform comes far in advance of the election and against most convention wisdom, the Platform is designed to bring texture to how a PC government might shape its priorities, showcase the interests of its Leader and his approach to change, and to layer depth onto a political narrative that to-date has largely been focused on the perceived faults of the Liberal government.
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Sussex Strategy Group Announces New Addition to the Energy and Environment Practice
TORONTO – 13 November 2017 – Sussex Strategy Group, one of Canada’s premier government relations and strategic communications firms, is pleased to announce that Bonnie Hiltz has joined the Energy and Environment Practice as Director, Power and Utilities.
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Analysis of Ontario’s 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan – Delivering Fairness and Choice
Earlier today the Honourable Glenn Thibeault, Ontario’s Minister of Energy, released the 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP). Entitled Delivering Fairness and Choice, the LTEP was assembled over the past year following extensive consultation with affected stakeholders and communities, and building on the findings of the Ontario Planning Outlook (OPO) released by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in 2016.
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Ontario Electricity Market Update
Power Advisory LLC and Sussex Strategy Group are pleased to introduce a collaborative bi-monthly report summarizing the activities.
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Sussex Strategy Group Announces New Senior Counsel
Sussex Strategy Group, one of Canada’s premier government relations and strategic communications firms, is pleased to announce that Kim Warren has joined the Energy and Environment Practice as a Senior Counsel.
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Ontario Releases Electricity Cost Mitigation Measures
Earlier today, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault announced a comprehensive series of measures, entitled Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan, aimed at reducing electricity bills for Ontario ratepayers.
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Robyn Gray to Lead Environment and Climate Change Group
Sussex Strategy Group, one of Canada’s premier government relations and strategic communications firms, is pleased to announce that, effective immediately, Robyn Gray becomes Vice President.
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Ontario and Québec announce new electricity trade agreement
Earlier this afternoon following a joint Cabinet meeting of Ontario and Québec, Premiers Wynne and Couillard announced a new Agreement to trade electricity, energy capacity and energy storage between the two provinces. The stated purpose of the Agreement is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while making electricity more affordable and reliable for Ontarians.
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Overview of the Ontario Planning Outlook
Today, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) released the Ontario Planning Outlook (OPO), a requirement of the power system planning process reflected in Bill 135, the Energy Statute Law Amendment Act (2015), and a precursor to the Government of Ontario’s review of its Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP). The objective of the OPO is to provide planning context for policy makers and industry stakeholders, and to serve as a starting point for consultation on the substance of the LTEP.
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Sussex Strategy Group Announces New Senior Associate in its Environment and Energy Practice
Sussex Strategy Group, one of Canada’s premier government relations and strategic communications firms, is pleased to announce that Mark Olsheski has joined our Energy and Environment Practice as a Senior Associate
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