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Expert Government Relations and Best Practices

Now in its 17th successful year - regularly updated to remain relevant to changing political elements!

Target Audience/Time:
Vice-Presidents & Directors of Government/Media/Public Relations from Corporations regulated by government: Pharmaceutical, Transportation, Natural Resources, Import/Export, and more; plus Voluntary organizations, Professional/Trade Association, Marketing and/or Resource Management Boards. Board members, CEO's, General Managers, and other Senior Executives that must interact regularly with the Government officials and politicians.

2 Days, 8:30am - 9 pm, 3rd Day 8:00 to Noon. Greeting and orientation session the evening before the first full day.


  • Explore the fundamental structures of Federal and Provincial government - both Civil Servant and Political
  • Examine the various processes of government, and how to affect policy development and/or regulatory implementation, present your position and inputs, and advance your cause.
  • Develop a sense of enhanced trust and communication amongst your organization's representatives, the community, and government representatives.
  • Explore the Leading Practices and Competencies in Government & Media Relations today and the framework for effective: Personal Practice, Team Practices, Organization-wide Practices, and Community-wide Practices.
  • "Workshop" Faculty Case Studies, plus improved approaches and application to your own situations through preparation for 'Live Case Studies'.

Pre-Course Participant Preparation

  • Selected readings and web-links
  • Development of Live Case Outline.
  • Summary of your current Government Relations Strategy

Bruce Rawson, Maryantonette Flumian, Peggy Garitty
Senators and Politicians-in-Residence (To Be Confirmed).
some of our past Federal & Provincial Ministers we have had over the years.

Arrival/Orientation & Greeting Session
4:00pm - Arrival and check-in
6:00pm - Reception/Dinner
7:00pm - Welcome, Introductions, & Overview
- Participant challenges and outcome objectives for the program

Day One

  • Understanding Government Processes and Structures
  • Civil Service Processes
  • Political Processes
  • Citizen/Community Trends, Issues, Realities


  • Who Influences Government and How
  • " Closed-door Discussion with Prominent Provincial Politician
  • Media Relations and Community Relations - and their connection to effective Government Relations

Day Two

  • Developing a Government Relations Strategy - Faculty Case Examples


  • Developing Government Relations Strategies - Live Case Studies from Participants
  • Closed-door Discussion with Prominent Provincial Politician

Day Three

  • Closed-door Discussion with Prominent Federal Politician
  • Final Case Examples
  • Review and final Q & A session


  • Closure

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