OTTAWA, ON—Ian Brodie, who most recently served as chief of staff to the Prime Minister of Canada from 2006 to 2008, has been appointed senior counselor to Hill & Knowlton’s public affairs group in Ottawa. In addition, the Hon. David Collenette, a member of the House of Commons for more than 20 year, has been named senior counsel in the firm’s Ottawa office.
Brodie’s mandate will be to provide senior counsel to Hill & Knowlton clients across the country in government relations, whether provincial, federal, or international. As chief of staff to the Prime Minister, Brodie made headlines after telling reporters that advisers to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama had privately assured Canadian diplomats that the candidate's tough talk on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement was just rhetoric.
Earlier, Brodie was withc the Conservative Party of Canada, where he served as executive director. He is also an associate professor of political science at the University of Western Ontario.
Under the terms of the Federal Accountability Act and the Conflict of Interest Guidelines to which he is subject, Brodie will not perform an advocacy role for clients with the federal government.
Collenette served in the Cabinet under three Prime Ministers, the Rt. Hon. Pierre Trudeau, the Rt. Hon. John Turner and the Rt. Hon. Jean Chretien. He held a number of portfolios including Minister of State (Multiculturalism), Minister of National Defense, Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, Minister of Transport and Minister of Crown Corporations.
He also organized Canada’s response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, which resulted in the shutting down of Canadian airspace and worked tirelessly with his American counterpart (Norman Minetta, now vice chairman of Hill & Knowlton USA) to redesign transportation security in response to the evolving international climate. Since he retired from the House of Commons Mr. Collenette has been active as adviser to companies in the transportation and defense industries.