News & Opinions

We operate in an ever-changing environment. Keep up with insights from our team, highlights from our work, and glimpses of the culture that makes FHR shine.

Nouvelles et opinions

Nous travaillons dans un environnement en constante évolution. Soyez au courant des points de vue de notre équipe, des faits saillants de notre travail et des aperçus de la culture qui fait briller FHR.

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The implications of hiding likes on Instagram

In a so-called effort to get users to focus more on quality content, and to protect the platform against a “comparison culture,” Instagram announced it would test the elimination of likes in the platform. But what will this mean for influencers who rely on sponsored content for income, and brands who rely on performance metrics for evaluation?

Carolyn Wheatley
2019-09-11
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2019 Federal Election Alert

Today, Governor General Julie Payette officially dissolved parliament, and the writ was issued by the Chief Electoral Officer calling for an election to be held on October 21, 2019. The federal campaign will run for a short five and a half weeks.

FHR Public Affairs
2019-09-11
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National pharmacare: A delicate balance

Although the Canada Health Act enshrines accessibility as well universality, federal and provincial government officials have for decades sought to constrain its interpretation. Simply put, we have never lived up to the spirit of the Act.

Pierre Cyr
2019-09-06
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Authenticity Gap Report: Are Canadian brands measuring up to customer expectations?

Seismic shifts in our cultural, social and political landscape have changed our relationship with brands. People now expect companies to be stepping up and speaking up in new ways, making corporate purpose integral to reputation – and to the bottom line.

Kent Carter
2019-08-12
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Trudeau promises to ban single-use plastic

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau boldly announced in June that the federal government intends to ban single-use plastics by 2021.

Pierre Cyr
2019-07-09
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FHR launches custom election monitoring services

With this Fall’s Federal Election quickly approaching, we are proud to launch FHR’s Election 2019 monitoring services.

Pierre Cyr
2019-07-03
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Parliamentary session-in-review: Spring 2019

After several days of midnight sittings, the House of Commons has risen for the summer. Before adjourning, the House passed the majority of outstanding government legislation.

FHR Public Affairs
2019-06-21
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Surviving the “Techlash”: 3 key takeaways from our new global report

In a world of increased privacy invasions, personal information theft, questionable ethics from tech industry leaders, and a growing fear of AI-related workplace disruption, today’s technology companies are facing new reputational and regulatory challenges.

Natalie Sauvé
2019-06-13
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Collision conference day 3 - No shortage of excitement as conference wraps

What an amazing week colliding with some of the best and brightest in the technology industry and beyond! It is hard to believe that Collision 2019 is already over.

Natalie Sauvé
2019-05-24
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Collision conference day 2 - Conference momentum continues as top tech innovators take centre stage

For a conference that opened with Victoria Day fireworks and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, it’s amazing how Collision seems to be picking up steam as it moves along.

Natalie Sauvé
2019-05-23
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Collision conference day 1 – Inspiring people with incredible ideas

Attending Collision in Toronto is a bit of a whirlwind experience. With 25,711 registered attendees from 125 countries and 730 speakers across 15 tracks, there is no shortage of inspiring people with incredible ideas.

Natalie Sauvé
2019-05-22
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Collision opening day recap

Justin Trudeau’s keynote speech predictably stole the show as the Collision Conference got underway in Toronto on Victoria Day.

Natalie Sauvé
2019-05-21
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Managing the technology sector’s reputation in an age of heightened scrutiny

Technology has always been thought of as something that makes our lives better, easier and more fun. However, in the past few years there has been an undeniable shift in how we think of it.

Natalie Sauvé
2019-05-16
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2019 Ontario budget analysis

Today was a major milestone for Premier Ford’s PC government; its first budget since taking power last June.

FHR Public Affairs
2019-04-11
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There’s a smarter way for brands to be social

An innovative, entry-level AI solution designed specifically to improve how brands interact with customers on their social media channels

Adrienne Connell
2019-04-04
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Back to home base: Budget 2019 investing in the middle class

Check out our full take on Budget 2019 and the road ahead for the federal government.

FHR Public Affairs
2019-03-19
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The fads, the fear, the future – what can we expect from tech in 2019?

Technology innovation and adoption is faster today than ever before. Developments that seem radical at first – and let’s face it, sometimes even scary –quickly become something we cannot imagine living without.

Natalie Sauvé
2018-12-18
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Ontario fall economic statement "A plan for the people"

The delivery of Ontario’s Economic Outlook is an opportunity for the sitting government to not only reflect on its early achievements, but also to update the public on the broad thematic areas it plans to pursue and rollout a handful of specific policy announcements.

Zak Paget
2018-11-16
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Managing risk and reputation in the wake of new privacy legislation

How cyber insurance and effective communications can help organizations navigate this new territory in a way that minimizes risk and protects reputation.

Leslie Walsh
2018-10-30
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AI: The technology we love to hyperbolize

A new report from FH: Artificial Intelligence & Communications, The Fads. The Fears. The Future.

Natalie Sauvé
2018-07-18
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Ontario speech from the throne: "A government for the people”

The FHR team summarizes the Ontario Speech from the Throne: "A Government for the People”

Anne Marie Quinn
2018-07-12
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A perspective on RISE 2018

FH's Hong Kong team share highlights from RISE.

Natalie Sauvé
2018-07-11
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New Conservative government takes office in Ontario

Anne Marie Quinn
2018-06-29
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Reorganization hits consumer publications

Canada's media landscape suffers another blow with layoffs at Rogers Media.

Natalie Sauvé
2018-06-15
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2018 Ontario election: Change election delivers large majority for Conservatives

Last night Ontario voters elected Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservatives to a very strong majority government. Here's our team's take on what went down.

Anne Marie Quinn
2018-06-08
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2018 Ontario election week 4: Campaign analysis

With the campaign entering the home stretch, we take a look at the week that was, and a look ahead at what the parties need to do in the final days leading up to June 7th.

Anne Marie Quinn
2018-06-01
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2018 Ontario election final leaders’ debate sets the stage for June 7 vote

Our PA team's perspective on the final Ontario debate.

Anne Marie Quinn
2018-05-28
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The best sound bytes from our “Data and the era of ultra personalization” event

With data security and consumer privacy seemingly always in the news, we recently brought industry leaders from TD Bank, Uber and Wealthsimple together for a deep-dive discussion on Data and the Era of Ultra Personalization.

Patrick Gladney
2018-05-28
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2018 Ontario election week 3: Campaign analysis

This week on the campaign trail, shared by FHR's public affairs team.

Anne Marie Quinn
2018-05-25
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2018 Ontario election week 2: Campaign analysis

Our PA team summarizes week two of the 2018 Ontario Election.

Anne Marie Quinn
2018-05-18
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2018 Ontario election week 1: Campaign analysis

With the Ontario election underway, the FleishmanHillard HighRoad team weighs in on each party's potential path to victory.

Anne Marie Quinn
2018-05-11
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How to protect corporate reputation in a digital world

Recent events prove that if your business is not performing proper due diligence to protect customer information, you should keep your corporate crisis communications handbook in close proximity.

Angela Carmichael
2018-05-11
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2018 Ontario election: Toronto-focused debate sets tone for campaign

Although the writ hasn’t yet dropped, yesterday’s City TV debate has given us the first look at a narrative that is likely to continue to play out on the campaign trail over the next few weeks.

Anne Marie Quinn
2018-05-08
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Taking control of the message

In a world where social media gives brands the opportunity to share their own message, we’ve seen many companies shift to a publisher mindset. And now, so has Doug Ford.

Patrick Gladney
2018-05-04
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May 23, 2018 event: Data in the era of ultra personalization

Join us on Wednesday, May 23 at The Toronto Board of Trade for an expert panel discussion with TD Bank, Uber, and Wealthsimple.

Patrick Gladney
2018-05-01
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HMI Daily Digest 2018 – Day 3: Cryptocurrencies for IoT, future of mobility & 3D puzzles

Our Germany colleagues provided updates and insights from day three of HMI 2018.

Natalie Sauvé
2018-04-25
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HMI Daily Digest 2018 – Day 2: 3D-Printing, A.I., and robot vs. human table tennis

Our Germany colleagues are on the ground at HMI providing us with updates and insights, now on day two.

Natalie Sauvé
2018-04-24
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HMI Daily Digest 2018 – Day 1: IoT security, smart factory

Our Germany colleagues are on the ground at HMI providing us with updates and insights for those following from a far.

Natalie Sauvé
2018-04-23
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Building resilience to manage cyber risk

Charles Muggeridge shares insights coming out of the International Cyber Risk Management Conference.

Charles Muggeridge
2018-04-12
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2018 Ontario budget: "A plan for care and opportunity”

This afternoon, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivered the Ontario government’s 2018 Budget.

Zak Paget
2018-03-28
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Eight influencer marketing trends in 2018

The power of influencers continues to rise in 2018, with more brands looking to cement mutually beneficial relationships with those who hold sway over consumer interests and social feeds.

Carolyn Wheatley
2018-03-21
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Ontario speech from the throne: A time for care and opportunity

Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell delivered the Ontario government’s Speech from the Throne, an opportunity to lay out the government’s priorities for the coming legislative session, and, in this unique case, its election platform.

Zak Paget
2018-03-19
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Premier Wynne shuffles cabinet

FlieshmanHillard HighRoad perspective on Premier Kathleen Wynne’s cabinet shuffle a few months before election

Anne Marie Quinn
2018-01-18
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Communicating a data breach: Choose your words carefully

FHR’s senior lead for crisis shares insights on communicating a data breach.

Leslie Walsh
2018-01-17
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Companies need to plan for handling a cybersecurity breach

Angela Carmichael
2018-01-17
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2017 Ontario economic outlook

FlieshmanHillard HighRoad provides thoughts on Ontario’s economic outlook in 2017

John Capobianco
2017-11-15
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2017 Ontario budget analysis

FlieshmanHillard HighRoad perspective on the 2017 Ontario Budget

John Capobianco
2017-04-27
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Cyber threats: It's not just the perimeter that needs defending

Cybersecurity experts provide insight into the need for internal as well as external security efforts.

Charles Muggeridge
2017-03-23

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