Two of the best known food companies are lobbying the federal government on the impacts of COVID-19 on the food supply.
Troy Sherman and Conal Slobodin of StrategyCorp registered last week to lobby on behalf of the Campbell Company of Canada, the Canadian wing of the food giant, best known for its namesake brand of canned soup. According to their registrations, they are lobbying on the impacts of the pandemic on the food supply system.
COVID-19 has had an impact on all sectors, with essential ones like food processors that can’t scale down operations having to grapple with additional concerns like maintaining employee safety and navigating border restrictions.
Some food experts are even warning that the pandemic could derail the recent trend of Canadians opting for healthier choices in the grocery store.
Similarly, Ensight’s Nivitha Jeyakumar registered last week for food conglomerate Kraft Heinz — owners of those two famous namesake brands — to lobby about impacts of the pandemic on its business.
Collectively, there were 58 new registrations last week, a slight uptick from the previous week.
All consultant lobbyists and most in-house lobbyists (those lobbying for the company they work for) must register with the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying if they are lobbying designated public office holders. They must also submit monthly reports (known as communication reports) detailing all lobbying communications with designated public office holders.
Symvivo Corporation was named in the most new registrations at four, followed by the Residential and Civil Constructions Alliance of Ontario with three. Seven organizations were named in two new registrations each. By lobbyist, Bruno Leblanc of Teneo Holdings had the most new filings with four, followed by eight people with a pair of registrations each. By lobby firm, StrategyCorp won the week with seven new registrations, followed by a gaggle with four: Summa Strategies, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Ensight Canada, Teneo Holdings and Counsel Public Affairs.
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In recent COVID-19 financial support registrations:
Don Boudria and Eric Dillane of Hill+Knowlton registered to lobby for the Ontario Association of Broadcasters for COVID-19 relief money and for a better distribution of government advertising dollars.
Giancarlo Drennan and Alec Newton of Maple Leaf Strategies registered on behalf of Conuma Coal Resources to get aid from the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility and the Business Credit Availability Program.
Alla Drigola of Impact Public Affairs registered for the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada to help members access financial aid programs.
Bruno Leblanc of Teneo Holdings registered for French language book publishers Groupe Renaud-Bray, Groupe Archambault Inc., Librairies Renaud-Bray and Prologue Inc. to obtain financial support because of the pandemic.
Rachel Gouin, the executive director of the Child Welfare League of Canada, registered for funding to increase capacity during the pandemic.
Julien Nepveu-Villeneuve of TACT-Intelligence-Conseil registered for the Association des camps du Québec to discuss safety measures taken by camps during the crisis, the impact of such crises on seasonal businesses and apply for emergency wage subsidies.
In recent COVID-19 medical equipment and supplies registrations:
Joanne Dobson of Summa Strategies registered for priMED Medical Products to look for partners for the manufacture of medical supplies.
Kunal Parmar of Aurora Strategy Group registered on behalf of American company Matrix Global USA to discuss the HaMagen contact tracing app.
Christopher Vivone of Edelman registered for Canadian Hospital Specialities Ltd. about the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Summa Strategies’ Adam Yahn and Joanne Dobson registered for Mister Transmission (International), the car repair franchise company, to find partners to distribute PPE.
Also on the PPE front, David Valentin registered for Ivy Health Group to get them a Medical Device Establishment Licence and to express concern about regulations for PPE and procurement.
Two different lobbyists from two different companies registered to lobby for McKesson Canada. Matthew Triemstra of Ensight Canada registered to lobby about the distribution of pharmaceuticals and the impact of COVID-19, drug shortages and pandemic planning, and medical cannabis. Imran Amin of StrategyCorp registered to lobby about drug pricing and supply chain issues, with no mention of COVID-19 in the filing.
Michael Pastino of Hill+Knowlton registered for Marshall Canada, an aerospace company that would like to assist with the distribution of essential goods and services during the pandemic.
Danielle Peters of Magnet Strategy Group registered for Becton Dickenson Canada Inc. to lobby about the procurement of medical supplies. The company manufactures medical devices and reagents.
In recent COVID-19 medical research registrations:
Four consultants from StrategyCorp — Danya Vered, Troy Sherman, Conal Slobodin and John Duffy — registered on behalf of Symvivo Corp. last week. The company is looking for funding to develop COVID-19 countermeasures and run clinical trials for new treatments using its probiotic-based gene delivery platform.
Bridget Howe of Counsel Public Affairs registered for Envision SQ Inc. to lobby for regulatory approval for a self-sterilization coating called NanoCleanSQ. Envision received $92,000 in federal funding last year.
In recent other COVID-19-related registrations:
Jacob Charbonneau, founder of Montreal’s Flight Claim, a company that helps airline passengers get compensation for delayed or cancelled fights, has registered to lobby for company to discuss how regulations around the pandemic are impacting his business and the ability of passengers to get compensation for all the cancelled flights.
In recent energy/environment and climate registrations:
Jeremy Bruce of Summa Strategies registered for Origin International to discuss investment opportunities in the Canadian energy market. Origin is a subsidiary of Element Americans Inc. of Houston.
In recent infrastructure registrations:
Ty Shattuck, the CEO of McMaster Innovation Park, registered to lobby for construction funding for the namesake Hamilton-based university’s facility.
Ben Parsons, Sheamus Murphy and Bridget Howe of Counsel Public Affairs registered for the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario to discuss shovel-ready projects to assist the economic recovery after COVID-19.
In recent law/justice registrations:
Sébastien Verret of TACT registered for the Chambre des notaires du Québec about medical assistance in dying and the role notaries could play in the process.
In recent resources registrations:
Marc Desmarais of National Public Relations registered for Niobec Inc. to meet with officials to discuss metal and diamond mining effluent.
Stuart McCarthy of Bluesky Strategy Group registered for Graymont Ltd. to look for funding from the Strategic Innovation Fund. They are involved in limestone mining and processing.
Nivitha Jeyakumar and Matthew Triemstra of Ensight Canada registered for Stelco to lobby on the broad topics of economic and fiscal policy, trade policy and environmental policy.
Jeff Smith of Longview Communications and Public Affairs registered for TMAC Resources to help them with an Investment Canada Act review. A Chinese company SD Gold made an offer to acquire TMAC in early May.
Former Liberal cabinet minister John Manley, who joined Bennett Jones last fall, has one registration: for the satellite imagery company UrtheCast Corp. They are looking for Strategic Innovation Funding. Manley spent most of the last decade as an in-house lobbyist as CEO of the Business Council of Canada.
There were 162 communications reports filed last week.
Most active client organization:
- Railway Association of Canada, by in-house staff, 18
- Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise, by in-house staff, 13
- Canadian Ferry Operators Association, by paid lobbyist, 9
- Emera Incorporation, by paid lobbyist, 8
- University of Toronto, by in-house staff, 6
- Palette Skills Inc., by in-house staff, 6
- Canadian Canola Growers, by in-house staff, 6
- Aqua Forum, by in-house staff, 6
Most active paid lobbyists:
- Serge Alexandre Buy, for one client, 9
- Jason Clark, for three clients, 9
- Bruno Leblanc, for four clients, 9
- Tiéoulé Traoré, for two clients, 8
- Kirk Cox, for one client, 8
- Ron Gersh, for two clients, 6
Most lobbied public officer holders:
- Jonthan Kalles, a Quebec regional advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), 9
- Tahiya Bakht, a senior advisor to the health minister, 3
- Grace Hodder, staffer at the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, 3
- Angie Bruce, director of Indigenous affairs and reconciliation at Natural Resources, 3
- Aneil Jaswal, senior policy advisor to minister of finance, 3
Most lobbied government institutions:
- House of Commons, 31
- Natural Resources Canada, 16
- PMO, 15
- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 13
- Finance Canada, 12
Most lobbied subjects, based on first two subjects of each filing:
- Economic Development, 33
- Energy, 28
- Transportation, 13
- Environment, 13
- Immigration, 12
- Agriculture, 12
With files from Kirsten Smith