Lynne Hamilton is a creative, results-oriented communications professional with a history of designing successful solutions to diverse issue and communications challenges. Her extensive communications background ensures an integrated approach to government relations, strategic planning, issue & crisis management and stakeholder outreach. She has an impressive track record of securing significant investment and regulatory changes from the Government of Canada in the healthcare, high tech and telecom space. Career wins include $300 million for Merck Frosst’s Gardasil vaccination program, $10 million for the Lung Association’s Lung Health Strategy, $10 Million for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada’s Hockey rink defibrillator Initiative, $67 Million for the Rick Hansen Spinal Cord Institute and $10 million for the Sick Kids Hospital’s Robotic Kid Arm Project.
Lynne brings more than two decades of communications experience to the table. Previously she was the Vice President at an Ottawa-based, public affairs consultancy for two years. She was an Account Director for seven years one of Canada’s largest public affairs firms where she directed and managed a full roster of clients in both the Toronto and Ottawa offices. She has an extensive government background having spent seven years in the Ontario Government. Her last post was as the Chief of Staff to the Ontario Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. Her work with the seniors’ community helped secure the single largest government investment in nursing and long-term care in Ontario’s history.
Beyond a proven strength in stakeholder relations, she brings a unique perspective of the public sector and has expertise in all areas of corporate communications including media relations, key message development and event management. She has also worked for the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, and was called in by the Ministry of the Environment in June 2000 to co-ordinate media relations for the government during the Walkerton water tragedy. At the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism, she handled the corporate restructuring of over 40 companies for the Government and generated positive media coverage for the government’s “Salute to Small Business” and “Tourism Week” launches. She also spent two years in the Ontario Premier’s office co-ordinating the daily issue binder for question period.
Lynne holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Toronto. She is a founding board member of the Internet Society of Canada and is the Vice-Chair of Equal Voice; an organization dedicated to encouraging more women to get involved in politics. She has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Lobbyists in the Hill Times.