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Rodrigue Gilbert

Senior Associate
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Rodrigue
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As a Senior Associate based in the Sussex Ottawa office, Rodrigue provides expert advice on federal government relations, issues management and advocacy, as well as a history of proven government relations successes in the Province of Quebec.

His advice is grounded in over 18 years of experience working both with and for the Federal government. During this time, he worked for 10 years as a political advisor to several federal Ministers including the President of the Treasury Board and Ministers of Heritage, Human Resources and Skills Development and Industry. This experience provided Rodrigue with expertise in the Canadian legislative and regulatory processes.

After government, he spent four years working for a Crown corporation investment fund in Montreal. More recently, Rodrigue founded RGGR, a government relations firm specialized in developing and executing strategic public affairs plans tailored to small- and medium-sized businesses. Rodrigue is recognized for promoting and defending the interests of his clients in both Canada and abroad.

Rodrigue holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Laval University and is fluently bilingual. He can provide advice on a wide range of policy areas, but is specialized in Environment, Health, Natural Resources and Energy.

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Parliamentary Secretary Shuffle
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Prime Minister Trudeau shuffles his Cabinet
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Federal Fall Economic Statement 2016
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Federal Budget 2016
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Quebec Budget Summary 2016
Quebec Finance Minister, Carlos Leitao, tabled the Quebec Liberal government’s budget entitled “Economic Action”.
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