Ontario Post Election Political Landscape – A Deep Dive with Key Campaign Strategists
Omar Khan, Michael Diamond, Brian Topp, Tom Clark with David Coletto
June 18th, 2018
Omar Khan is Vice President, Public Affairs, Hill & Knowlton and VP Engagement for the 2018 Ontario Liberal Party and served on the Central Campaign Steering Committee. Omar has more than 15 years of experience working on issues of public policy, stakeholder management, and communications and has a deep understanding of the inner workings of government and politics having spent over a decade working at the highest levels of the Ontario government as well as federal and provincial election campaigns.
Most recently, Omar served as Chief of Staff to the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care where he was responsible for, among other things, providing insights and counsel on emerging issues, strategic decisions and policy development to the Minister, Premier’s Office and other Cabinet members.
Omar has also worked as Chief of Staff at the Office of the Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, and at the Office of the Minister of Government Services. He has been Senior Policy and Stakeholder Relations Advisor with the Offices of the Attorney General of Ontario, the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and the Minister of Labour.
Omar has is passionate about community service. He serves on the board of directors for War Child Canada, an organization dedicated to protecting children in war zones and is an active member of Civic Actions Escalator advisory board which works to enhance job opportunities for youth facing barriers to employment.
Michael Diamond is a campaign strategist and political commentator. He has worked on over twenty political campaigns in five provinces. A specialist in grassroots engagement, Michael has helped leverage the power of stakeholders for well-known clients in Canada, the US, and Australia. Michael has been a senior adviser to politicians and political parties across Canada, including the provincial Progressive Conservative Party in Manitoba. He served as the Director of Operations to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in 2010, when he co-chaired the “get out the vote” effort.
Michael is a regular contributor to Canadian media, where he offers his insights on politics and culture. Michael understands what it takes to win – both in political war rooms, and in the kitchen, where he enjoys being an amateur chef.
Brian Topp is a partner at KTG Public Affairs. He recently completed a two-year stint as chief of staff to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. He previously served as deputy chief of staff to Saskatchewan Premier Roy Romanow. He was Executive Director and CEO of ACTRA Toronto (an Ontario union) and served the credit union system as Vice-President (Government Relations) and Senior Vice President (Trade Services) at Credit Union Central of Canada.
Tom Clark is Chairman, Global Public Affairs. He joined Global after almost 45 years at the most senior levels of Canadian journalism.
Tom left Global News on January 1, 2017, after serving as the network’s chief political correspondent and host of The West Block. He has interviewed every Canadian Prime Minister since Lester B. Pearson and has covered every federal election campaign since 1974. He has reported in eight active war zones and from over 33 countries.
Tom was CTV’s China Bureau Chief and was also its Chief Washington Correspondent for five years. He has a deep understanding of Canada’s position in an increasingly complicated international dynamic.
Tom is the recipient of Radio Television Digital News Association lifetime achievement award and has been named one of the most influential journalists in Ottawa.
Special Session – Ontario Election 2018 Deep Dive with David Coletto
David Coletto is CEO and a founding partner of Abacus Data, a full-service market research firm based in Ottawa. With over 12 years experience in the industry, David advises some of Canada’s leading corporations and associations including Shaw Communications, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Barrick Gold, the Canadian Bankers Association, the Canadian Pharmacists Association, NUPGE, the Air Canada Pilots Association, and the Law Society of Ontario.
An expert on generational change and the millennials, David has traveled to every corner of the country, throughout the US, and to the UK sharing data and his perspective on the impacts of generational change. He’s also finishing up a book on the subject.
David is also an adjunct professor at Carleton University where he teaches courses on polling, political marketing, and public affairs strategies.
He’s a foodie, a cyclist, and no, he’s not 18 years old (he’s 36).
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