Specializing in national security issues, Andrew House provides senior government relations counsel to clients seeking regulatory approvals, policy change, and legislative reform.
A lawyer by profession, Andrew has extensive experience in strategic planning, policy development, litigation management, organizational design, dispute resolution, and strategic communications. He advises on regulatory affairs, interaction with governments, and major stakeholder relationships.
Andrew brings to Earnscliffe clients unprecedented expertise in the operation of the Investment Canada Act, import-export controls, and personnel security requirements in federally-regulated mergers and acquisitions. He also supports clients facing serious trade dispute, customs classification, and border facilitation challenges.
Andrew began his career as an advisor on arms control and justice reform to the United Nations Mission to Kosovo, after which he returned to Canada as criminal defence and civil litigation counsel in Nova Scotia. Andrew joined Earnscliffe after a decade as a senior advisor to federal ministers of Justice, Immigration, and Heritage. Most recently he served as Chief of Staff to successive ministers of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness, tackling issues as diverse as the Beyond the Border Action Plan, victims’ rights, and policing reform.
Andrew is a 2003 call to the Ontario Bar and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He has appeared in national print and broadcast media as a commentator on justice, border, and national security issues.
A native of Gander, NL, Andrew has also called Halifax, and now Ottawa home.