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Sussex Announces Vice President to the Ontario Government Relations Team

Published on
May 13, 2019

Sussex Strategy Group Subject Matter Expertise Grows with Addition of Carla Nell

TORONTO, May 13, 2019 – Sussex Strategy Group is pleased to announce that property assessment, taxation, and finance policy expert Carla Nell has joined the firm as a Vice President in the Ontario Government Relations group.  Carla will work out of the firm’s Toronto office.

“We are delighted that Carla is now a part of our team and can begin offering a very high level of service to our existing and new clients,” said Joseph Ragusa, Principal and head of the Ontario Government Relations group. “With over 25 years of experience in the field, Carla is uniquely qualified in the areas of property assessment, taxation, and municipal finance. She is a highly regarded thought leader and true expert whose skills and insights will be of significant value to our clients.”

Prior to joining Sussex, Carla was the Vice President of Municipal and Stakeholder Relations at the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).  Her career has also previously included being a principal at a property tax consulting firm, serving on the MPAC board of directors, and being a part-time professor at Seneca College’s Faculty of Business (Legal and Public Administration).  She holds a master’s degree in Economic Geography from the University of Western Ontario and is licensed by the Law Society of Ontario as a paralegal.  Carla has spoken at a number of national and international conferences and is a member of the Institute of Municipal Assessors, the Municipal Finance Officers Association, the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario, and several other relevant organizations.

“I am excited and enthusiastic about joining Sussex,” said Carla Nell.  “During my time as a consultant, and in my role at MPAC, I have always been impressed by the firm’s thoughtful and methodical approach to dealing with issues and finding solutions firmly rooted in public policy that satisfied their clients’ needs. That is the right approach and together we will continue to meet the firm’s client needs in this way.”

Property assessment and taxation issues continue to be concerns of property owners, municipalities, associations and other stakeholders. “While Sussex has worked on a number of such files in the past, Carla’s experience at MPAC combined with her history as a strategic advisor and consultant will greatly augment our ability to provide optimal service and advice in this area to our clients,” said Ragusa.

For further information please contact Joseph Ragusa at jragusa@sussex-strategy.com or Carla Nell at cnell@sussex-strategy.com.    

About Sussex Strategy Group
Established in 1998, Sussex Strategy Group is one of Canada’s leading government relations and strategic communications firms.  With proprietary offices in Toronto and Ottawa, and a network of expert affiliates in major centres across the country, Sussex excels at helping our clients manage their issues at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels of government, as well as in the media and within communities.

Canadian owned and operated, Sussex offers a variety of public affairs services including government relations, legislative and regulatory issues management, auditing and performance measurement, policy analysis and development, procurement facilitation, political analysis, grassroots mobilization, corporate and crisis communications and social media issue management. Sussex has extensive experience in supporting local, provincial, national and international clients.

We believe that working with government and the media requires specialized tools and a unique skill-set that can only be developed with front-line experience.  Our consultants have decades of direct working experience with and within government and the media. Sussex clients include corporations, associations, labour organizations, governments and non-profit organizations.  Our dynamic and growing team thrives on the challenges presented by clients’ issues.

By utilizing a comprehensive, results-oriented approach, Sussex has achieved measurable results for our clients and has received a number of industry awards. The firm has a long history of providing clients with the tools they need to properly understand, address and manage their issues, safeguard their interests, and realize success.

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