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Government Engagement Post-Pandemic

  • September 30, 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom
  • 49


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Engage and learn about the current political landscape and how to effectively advocate on key priorities.

As all levels of government look to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be significant impacts to political agendas and priorities. Non-profit organizations will need to understand what these changes will mean to them and be nimble to act accordingly.

Join Edmonton team members from Global Public Affairs as they take us through an informative and interactive webinar that will cover an overview of the landscape realities for federal, provincial and local governments, as well as effective engagement tips and strategies for non-profit organizations to begin using immediately. This will include how to refine key priorities, move forward with effective messaging with the right language and how to successfully escalate your priorities.


Elan MacDonald, Senior Vice President, National Business Development

Elan advises CEOs and senior leadership teams, leads strategic planning exercises, resolves communications issues and crises, directs stakeholder engagement and builds advocacy strategies. She works with clients to sustain and grow their businesses.

Elan has more than 20 years of experience working in the Alberta Legislature, where she served as Deputy Chief of Staff to former Premier, Ed Stelmach, and advisor to Premier, Alison Redford, in addition to serving various cabinet ministers. She offers a unique perspective among government relations professionals. One that is firmly grounded in the Alberta experience, and the result of more than 20 years of working as an executive in political, private sector and community and stakeholder relations roles.

Elan is a Director on the Board of Edmonton Global – whose purpose is to attract more foreign direct investment to the greater Edmonton metropolitan region – and as a member of the Advisory Board of Atlas Growers Ltd. Elan also serves on the Board of Directors with the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and NorQuest College’s 1,000 Women Advisory Board.

Yonathan Sumamo, Senior Consultant

Yonathan has more than ten years of experience in communications and public relations consulting. Having worked in several provincial ministries with the Public Affairs Bureau and at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, he is a skilled crisis communications and strategic planning advisor.

During his time with the Public Affairs Bureau, Yonathan dealt with a number of high-profile public relation issues and crises, including working in the Emergency Operations Centre during the High River floods. In the Legislature, Yonathan has served as a press secretary and most recently, as a senior communications consultant with the Progressive Conservative Caucus.

As a former journalist working in both print and radio in a number of different communities, Yonathan has tremendous amounts of experience in messaging to targeted audiences in an engaging and strategic manner. Yonathan also serves on the Board of Directors for the Art Gallery of Alberta and the Edmonton International Film Festival.


Registration for this webinar is non-refundable. ECVO reserves the right to cancel the event or registration. In the event of a cancellation made by ECVO, registrants will be notified and a refund will be issued.


If you have any questions regarding the webinar, Government Engagement Post-Pandemic, please email training@ecvo.ca.



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