Aaron Freeman, Owner of Pivot Strategic Consulting and Founder of GreenPAC, will provide an overview of what the election means for the mandate of the new Government, and how to prepare for the new political landscape, including:
- Key players
- Who are your allies and what do they need from you
- Constituencies that the government cares about
- Messages and themes that will resonate with the new government
- Opposition parties
Aaron will review upcoming key milestones, lobbying tips and strategies to ensure your issue and organization are well positioned.
*A recording of the webinar and the slides will be made available to all those who register.
For over 30 years, Aaron Freeman has played a leadership role in developing public policy.
He is the owner and principal of Pivot Strategic Consulting Inc., which helps companies, NGOs, Indigenous organizations, and foundations develop their capacity to solve environmental problems through public policy.
He is also the Founder and Past President of GreenPAC, Canada’s non-partisan organization to build environmental leadership in politics. Through GreenPAC, Aaron has established the Parliamentary Internship for the Environment (Canada’s only legislative internship program for the environment), and a community-based leadership development program called Every Day Advocates, which coordinates over 100 all candidates meetings on the environment during federal elections.
Aaron received a Canada Clean50 Award which recognizes Sustainability Heroes in the transition to a clean economy.
Between 2009 and 2012, Aaron served as a Senior Advisor to the Premier of Ontario. He advised the Premier on Environment, Attorney General, Labour, Community Safety and Correctional Services, Natural Resources, Aboriginal Affairs, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Municipal Affairs, and Northern Development, Mines and Forests.
Prior to joining government, Aaron played a key role in several national advocacy campaigns on environment and energy, democratic reform, consumer, international development and human rights issues. He served as the Policy Director for Environmental Defence, where he led environmental policy initiatives for the organization, including on climate change, toxic substances and pollution, Great Lakes and source water protection, and endangered species. He previously worked closely with parliamentarians and public servants to pass amendments improving the Species At Risk Act, the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act, and new political fundraising rules to limit the influence of money in politics.
In 2008, Aaron was named by the Hill Times as one of the Top 100 Federal Lobbyists in Canada.
Between 2004 and 2009, Aaron was a part-time faculty member at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, where he taught public governance law. He is the co-author of The Laws of Government: The Legal Foundations of Canadian Democracy (2nd ed., 2010), the most comprehensive legal reference book on the law of Canadian democracy. The Ontario Bar Association lists The Laws of Government as one of “The Top 15 Books Every Lawyer Should Read.”
From 2000 to 2009, Aaron was a regular columnist with the Hill Times, Canada’s parliamentary newspaper.
During the early 1990s, Aaron worked for Ralph Nader in Washington, DC, as a “Nader’s Raider.”
Aaron is a graduate of McGill University and the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, where he was awarded the Gowling Lafleur Henderson Prize for International Trade Law.