Best Practices for Departmental and Faculty Interaction with Government

Julie Garner
Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group

Rob Leone
Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group


Julie Garner brings extensive experience in government relations, communications and public policy to Earnscliffe. She has worked in the field for close to fifteen years, both as a member of government political staff and more recently as a consultant advocate. Julie served as a senior staff member to five Ontario Cabinet Ministers in four different portfolios – Energy and Infrastructure, Labour, Agriculture and Food and Intergovernmental Affairs.

Rob Leone brings a unique blend of practical, political and academic experience to this presentation on best practices for departments and researchers to work with government representatives. Rob served as Member of the Provincial Parliament during Ontario’s 40th Parliament. Throughout his tenure as a legislator, he was a passionate advocate in matters of education and training, government finance, and energy policy. He served as Official Opposition Critic for Training, Colleges, and Universities and the Ministry of Education.

The webinar will provide practical advice on:
• Who to interact with in government
• How working with government officials can advance policy priorities and attract research funding
• How to set a Government Relations strategy that aligns with your institution’s priorities

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