TORONTO—Fleishman-Hillard has appointed Bill Walker as general manager of the firm’s Toronto office and John Capobianco as senior vice president and partner and national practice lead for public affairs.
With more than 20 years of reporting experience for The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, combined with another decade serving as senior communications counsel to public and private sector organizations, Walker joined Fleishman-Hillard in October 2009 and will now oversee the operations of Fleishman-Hillard’s Toronto office. He also oversees Fleishman-Hillard’s crisis communications practice nationally.
While at The Toronto Star, Walker worked among Canada’s leading political journalists, with positions as bureau chief at the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park, as parliamentary bureau chief in Ottawa and as Washington bureau chief during President George W. Bush’s first term, including the attacks of 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Capobianco brings more than 20 years of political experience at all three levels of the Canadian government: he has worked for several members of Provincial Parliament in Ontario, served as a parliamentary secretary to the minister of municipal affairs and housing, and worked for the minister of education. This experience has enabled him to build an extensive political network.
Before joining Fleishman-Hillard, he was senior vice president of corporate affairs at a Edelman. He also has worked as a senior political staffer for the Ontario government and worked for 10 years in the financial sector.