Geoff joined Bluesky Strategy Group following an extensive career as a senior political advisor in the Ontario government. His hands-on experience working with cabinet, caucus and opposition, committees, political staff, senior public servants, stakeholders and media brings to Bluesky a wealth of knowledge and understanding about the politics, policy, stakeholder management, communications and decision-making processes at work in government.
As a Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Finance, Geoff managed high profile policy files including cannabis legalization and alcohol market reforms. He also was responsible for internal oversight and relations with Health, Social, Education and Justice sector ministries, and led the development of several key initiatives in the 2017 Ontario Budget. With the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Geoff managed critical files including First Nation policing, fire services and emergency management, PanAm Games security, animal welfare; and, for the Minister of Labour, workplace safety, labour tribunals and minimum wage review.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, Geoff has had helped clients re-situate their government relations strategies and priorities in a dynamic policy, communications and information environment. This support has included connecting clients to key officials for regular proactive briefing on important updates, and providing clients with options analysis related to policy and funding developments. As the government grapples with a major economic recovery, Geoff has helped secure opportunities for clients to engage with officials for policy input, thought leadership and recommendations.
Geoff once embarked on an around-the-world solo backpacking trip through two dozen counties, rounding his exposure to the world we live in, and is an avid solo and group-leading back country canoe tripper.