• Jun 12, 2024
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EarnscliffeLive: Indigenous Insights

Exploring critical issues like the housing crisis, cost of living, reconciliation and self-governance for Indigenous communities, our expert panel will share key findings and discuss their implications for today and the future.

Moderated by Allan Gregg, with Don Kelly, Doug Anderson and Katie Shaw.

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Allan Gregg
Principal, Earnscliffe Strategies

Allan Gregg is among Canada’s most recognized and respected researchers, strategists and social commentators. He has played a central role in dozens of campaigns over the last thirty years. His unique talent is to develop research-based strategies and then translate them into all aspects of campaign management – from policy and speeches to media relations; from communications and advertising to targeted grassroots campaigns. He developed his reputation first as a pioneer in political polling and began applying his skills to private sector clients, associations and agencies. Allan has a talent for helping clients get to the heart of any issue – and then find an effective way forward.

Allan adds depth to Earnscliffe’s research offering and brings his expertise to an already diverse national team. He will assist clients on a full range of issues whether they are looking to respond to a crisis, reframe a public debate or manage their brand or reputation over the long-term.

He founded Decima Research in 1979, co-founded the Strategic Counsel in 1995 and was the Chair of Harris-Decima from 2007 to 2014. A founding shareholder of Canada’s children’s network, YTV, he also served as chair of Toronto Film Festival and the Walrus Foundation. Allan sits on General Motors of Canada’s Advisory Board and is a past director of the Public Policy Forum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and The Writers Trust.

From 1993 to 2013 he hosted the TVO talk show “Allan Gregg in Conversation with…”, and for over a decade was a regular participant on CBC’s “At Issue” panel.

Allan is a recipient of the Public Affairs Association Award of Distinction. In October 2012, he was inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends and the same year, he was named as Adjunct Professor to Carleton University’s Schools of Public Administration and Political Management.

Don Kelly
Head, Public Affairs and Communications, Mastercard Foundation

Don Kelly has been working in the field of Communications and Public Affairs for more than three decades. He is currently Head, Public Affairs and Communications for the Canada Programs at Mastercard Foundation. Before that, he served almost 20 years as Communications Director at the Assembly of First Nations, the national organization representing First Nations in Canada. Don’s background includes work in journalism as a writer-broadcaster at CBC as well as hosting national programs on radio and television, including two Canadian Screen Award nominations for the APTN series Fish Out of Water. He can also be heard regularly on CBC Radio’s The Debaters.

Don is Anishinaabe from the Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation in Treaty 3 territory. He currently resides on unceded Algonquin territory now known as Ottawa, Ontario.

Doug Anderson
Opinion Research Lead, Earnscliffe Strategies

With more than 30 years of experience, Doug Anderson is a seasoned researcher on public affairs and public policy issues. Whether on behalf of the public, private, and non-profit sectors, or non-governmental organizations, or the academic community, Doug has designed and conducted qualitative and quantitative studies on most major policy issues. Doug helps clients clearly understand the public or stakeholder environments they face and ensures that research programs are designed, executed and leveraged to maximum strategic benefit. He is an expert at applying advanced analytics to uncover valuable and actionable insights.

Conducting several dozen studies each year, Doug’s work covers a wide array of issues including health, natural resources, energy, the environment, transportation, travel and tourism, international trade, service satisfaction and employee engagement.

Doug holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Carleton University. He is an active member of the Canadian Research Insights Council (CRIC), the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and ESOMAR, and is a Certified Analytics and Insights Professional (CAIP); the industry’s designation recognizing a high level of knowledge and capability in marketing research theory and practice and adherence to rigorous ethical standards.

He has participated on numerous industry panels and forums and has often appeared in news media commenting on research findings and trends in Canadian public opinion. Currently, Doug serves as the Chair of Algonquin College’s Marketing Research and Analysis Program Advisory Committee.

Katie Shaw
Principal, Earnscliffe Strategies

Katie Shaw is a public policy and stakeholder engagement specialist with 20 years experience building and implementing effective strategies for clients across corporate, not-for-profit, and public service sectors.

Prior to joining Earnscliffe, Katie was most recently an Executive Director at a Crown Corporation with the Government of British Columbia overseeing a large portfolio with areas of responsibility including major project recruitment, communications and stakeholder relations, Indigenous relations, and government affairs.  

At the heart of Katie’s leadership is her ability to build trust and understanding between companies, governments, organizations, and stakeholders. Katie has successfully guided clients to important wins in key sectors including environment and climate change, infrastructure and transportation, natural resources, innovation and technology, education and training, and international markets. 

Katie excels at building effective relationships with diverse stakeholder groups and Indigenous communities – focusing on bridging priorities from the bottom up and top down to form clear and measurable deliverables.

Katie holds an MA in Community Development and Adult Education and a BA in Sociology from the University of Victoria. She also holds a certificate in Indigenous Cultural Competency, Understanding Indigenous Peoples TELŦIN TŦE WILNEW (TTW) from Camosun College.

Katie is on the Board of Directors for Equitas, an international human rights education organization, and has previously served on the boards of the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre, the International Institute on Child Rights and Development, and Equal Voice.

Katie lives and works in Victoria, BC on the traditional territory of the Coast, Lekwungen and Straits Salish Peoples.

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