Lauren Goethel

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

Lauren Goethel is the Junior Associate for the Municipal Affairs Practice at Sussex Strategy Group.  Lauren has an expertise in research and due diligence, which is valuable when crafting policy analyses, detailed strategic assessments, and tailored collateral for clients.  This detailed and tailored information often informs recommended next steps and pathways to success and is a valuable asset to those clients looking to target specific business markets who want to know if the political climate is friendly or prone to red tape barriers.  Lauren also regularly monitors and reports on regulatory changes, policy developments and consultation opportunities related to municipal governments across Ontario and nationwide for clients, so they are always kept up to date on information that impacts their industry.  Lauren also forecasts key and emerging issues as they arise to further identify industry opportunities and potential barriers that could impede business operations.

Prior to joining Sussex, Lauren worked within in the import industry, where she was responsible for operations and logistics of a small business.  She led many successful company projects, implemented insightful solutions, and built lasting relationships with customers and suppliers.

Lauren is active in her community and has volunteered on numerous political campaigns at all levels of government.  This experience ultimately sparked her interest in the complex and intriguing world of municipal politics.  Lauren stays up to date on the latest licensing and regulatory issues, transit and infrastructure projects, recycling and waste management matters, and enjoys collaborating with clients, public office holders and staff 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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