Lauren Goethel

Junior Associate, Municipal Affairs
416-961-6611 Ext. 112

Lauren is the Junior Associate for the Municipal Affairs practice at Sussex. Lauren monitors and reports out on the activities of municipal governments across the Province of Ontario and nationwide, tracking key emerging issues, providing research and analysis for clients.

Previously, Lauren worked in the import industry, where she was responsible for operations and logistics for a small business. She led many company projects and interfaced directly with customers and suppliers. Her background in business operations has given her a sound understanding of the importance of research, pragmatic project management and effective communication, all of which are crucial for success.

Lauren also volunteered during the 2014 Toronto Municipal Election, working on a local campaign as Communications and Volunteer Coordinator. This campaign experience sparked her interest in the complex and intriguing world of municipal politics. Lauren has a flare for writing, stays up to date on communication tools and enjoys working and collaborating with clients and public office holders alike.

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology and Biology from the University of Toronto.

Municipal Update: It's All About the Money
From its launch in late January to today, Members of Toronto City Council have had ‘budget on the brain’ for weeks. Dozens of staff presentations and meetings, hundreds of public deputations, and nearly a thousand communications from stakeholders have all cumulated to the final City of Toronto 2019 Budget, which City Council approved late Thursday evening.
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Cannabis in the City What’s the ‘Budd’ Buzz?
It was a whirlwind December and first month in office for newly-elected officials across Ontario’s municipalities, no doubt. Following inaugural meetings, Council Members faced urgent business, important decisions, and a burning question… whether to Opt-In or Opt-Out of allowing cannabis retail locations. The Municipal Affairs Team at Sussex Strategy Group hopes to provide a quick update and overview of what we’ve seen so far, as well as what’s to be expected for municipalities into 2019 and beyond as part of this legalization rollout.
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Cannabis in the City: To Opt-In or Not Opt-In that is the Question
The day is finally here for cannabis legalization – October 17, 2018. Some have referenced similarities to the end of prohibition years ago. A historic day, no doubt. So, what’s next? We’ve heard from the Federal government as well as Provincial governments, but there are still several uncertainties and questions surrounding cannabis and its place within municipalities across Canada. The Municipal Team at Sussex Strategy Group hopes to shed some light those uncertainties through a brief overview of what’s to be expected as part of this legalization rollout.
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