Strategic advocacy that influences government decisions

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In today’s complicated world, moving the dial on public policy issues requires great instincts and fresh ideas, all grounded in a deep understanding of how government functions.

FHR Public Affairs includes professionals who have worked in government in various departments and sectors. We bring a deep understanding of how to navigate the political, legislative and regulatory environments in all levels of government – federal, provincial and local.

Representing key markets across Canada and providing services in both English and French, we offer a highly effective campaign-style approach that incorporates high-level strategic planning, research, and message development, through to audience targeting and tactical implementations. Combined with our digital, social, creative, and media relations services, as well as the broader FH global network, FHR Public Affairs leads the way in connecting governments, ideas, people and actions.

Our public affairs services include:

  • Intelligence gathering and risk assessment
  • Government relations
  • Meetings and consultations
  • Stakeholder mapping and engagement
  • Coalition building and management
  • Grassroots mobilization
  • Policy development
  • Drafting of briefing materials and other policy documents
  • B2G and procurement support
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John Capobianco

Senior Vice President and Senior Partner

As Co-Chair of FHR’s National Public Affairs Practice, John provides government relations and strategic communications counsel to clients across an array of sectors. With over 25 years of experience, John has built an extensive political network which, along with his experience in government, he leverages for clients looking to build strong relationships with senior government officials.

Anna Lilly

Senior Vice President and Partner

As Co-Chair of FHR’s National Public Affairs Practice, Anna has more than 20 years of experience in communications, government and media, with expertise in building strategic advocacy campaigns that influence public opinion and government decisions. Her work with corporate, non-profit and public sector clients includes award-winning campaigns that have resulted in billions of dollars in government investments.

Pierre Cyr

Vice President

As FHR’s federal public affairs lead, Pierre has more than 15 years of experience in federal and provincial politics and supports clients in both official languages. Prior to joining FHR, he oversaw board and stakeholder relations for a pan-Canadian health organization. Pierre leverages these experiences to help clients develop the strategies and tactics required to resolve complex issues.