A public affairs professional with over twenty years’ experience in and around policy and politics, Patrick is known for his collaborative approach to public policy issues and stakeholder engagement, facilitating trusted relationships, and emphasizing the importance of building partnerships to work toward desired outcomes.
Patrick offers valuable insight into thought leadership, corporate brand and reputation building, public affairs strategy, and the policy development process, incorporating a number of critical perspectives based on his involvement inside government, with trade associations, and within the corporate sphere.
Prior to joining Earnscliffe, Patrick worked with CF Industries, the world’s largest manufacturer of nitrogen products, where he established and led the company’s public affairs practice in Canada. Previously, he worked with financial services leader CIBC, and with the Canadian Bankers Association, in key government relations roles. Outside of the private sector, Patrick held a role as a senior policy analyst in the federal civil service, and served as Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House of Commons – a role at the heart of the machinations of Parliament, during two of Canada’s recent minority governments.
Patrick holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies from Queen’s University, and a Master of Science in Public Policy from the London School of Economics, where he was a Chevening Scholar. He is the Past President and former member of the Board of Directors of the Government Relations Institute of Canada, a co-founder of the Canadian Advocacy Network, and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Writers’ Trust of Canada. He currently sits on the Boards of Directors for the Bruyere Hospital Foundation, the Alma Mater Society Corporation, and the Earnscliffe Strategy Group. In 2012, he was chosen to attend the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.