Geoff Norquay is a seasoned public policy and communications specialist with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. He advises a number of large corporate clients in the energy, broadcast, pharmaceutical and nuclear sectors.
After obtaining degrees in political science at the University of Manitoba and York University, he pursued an initial career in social policy with the governments of Ontario and Alberta, and with a national non-government agency.
Between 1981 and 1984, he served as Director of Research for the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, and from 1984 to 1988, in a variety of senior policy advisory capacities in the Prime Minister’s Office of the Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney.
Following four years as Vice President, Government Relations with British Petroleum, plc, he worked as a public policy and communications consultant and speech writer based in Ottawa between 1992 and 2004. In 2004-05, he served as Director of Communications for the Rt. Hon Stephen Harper, then Leader of the Official Opposition.
As a consultant, Mr. Norquay has undertaken a number of challenging communications assignments for both public and private sector clients, including strategic planning, media management and acting as chief spokesperson. He was the principal writer for the 2002 and 2003 Ontario provincial Budget speeches.
Mr. Norquay is frequently invited to comment on public policy and the Canadian political scene. He is a Contributing Writer for Policy Options magazine, and for several years he has been a regular political panelist on CBC Newsworld and CTV Newsnet.