Roberto Chavez

Associate, Federal Government Relations

An experienced campaign operative and staffer, prior to joining the Sussex team Roberto worked as a Legislative Assistant for Kingston & the Islands MP Mark Gerretsen, Chair of the Ontario Liberal Caucus on Parliament Hill. Roberto specialized in research for the portfolios of Energy, Environment & Climate Change, and National Defence. He wrote speeches, advised on legislative affairs, and oversaw the passage of a Private Member’s Bill. In this capacity, he managed Ontario Caucus relations, and was responsible for liaising regularly with Ministers’ Offices. Roberto has also been involved in Federal and Municipal campaigns.

Roberto also spent a year with the Supply Management Policy Team in Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada, and has served as Advisor on policy and strategic outreach to the Ambassador of Costa Rica to Canada.

He holds a Bachelor of Public Affairs & Policy Management (Honours) from Carleton University. As a student, Roberto founded a Student Energy chapter, where he organized energy-related events featuring senior government officials.He also served as Youth Ambassador to the United Nation’s World Environment Day in 2017.

At Sussex, Roberto serves both domestic and international clients to analyze and impact the complex government and regulatory environment, augmenting the firm’s experience and capabilities.

PM Trudeau Announces New Cabinet
This afternoon Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the Liberal Cabinet for his second term in office. Mr. Trudeau and his advisors chose to expand the number of Cabinet Ministers by two from 35 to 37. He maintains gender parity.
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Post-Election43 Analysis
The ballots are counted and the results are in: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has retained power. His Liberal Party will form the next federal government. 
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Liberal Party Commit to Legislative Net Zero Emissions by 2050
Hon. Catherine McKenna, the Liberal candidate for Ottawa Centre and Minister of Environment and Climate Change for four years under the Trudeau Government, announced this morning a number of environment-related pledges on behalf of her Party.
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Federal Election 43 Officially Underway
Today Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Rideau Hall and handed the Governor General a letter recommending the dissolution of the 42nd Government of Canada. The presentation of this document was followed by the Governor General calling the election. Thereafter, the Chief Electoral Officer issues hundreds of writs—one for each of the 338 electoral districts.
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Canadian Government and Ontario Government Take Action on Plastic Waste
An overview of the announcements made by both governments pertaining to plastic waste and what they mean moving forward.
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Legislation for USMCA Ratification & Timeline
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced yesterday the first step in ratification of the USMCA trade deal. Ratification by the Legislative Branch of the three countries is the last step before a date of entry into force is announced.
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Nanaimo-Lady Smith By-Election: Analysis & Implications for Election 2019
This By-Election provides insights on the relative strengths of key Federal Parties and key electoral issues come the fall. With this in mind, Sussex provides this analysis of the By-Election and its implications.
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Report & Analysis | Federal Government 2019 Budget: "Investing in the Middle Class"
Finance Minister Bill Morneau today released the federal government’s 2019 Budget in the House of Commons. Titled Investing in the Middle Class, the plan is designed to position the Liberal government ahead of the election currently scheduled for October 21, 2019.
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