Exceptional growth, new partner and launch of a sister agency begin a new era at Enterprise

We wanted to update you on some exciting news.

Recently, we added our 50th employee at Enterprise. This milestone caps a remarkable period of growth in the 35 years since our company was founded. We are now a national firm that can deliver strategic communications and public affairs services across the country. As I reflect on how we’ve evolved over the years working with some truly amazing clients across Canada, I can’t help but be proud and excited for what’s next.

I am so pleased to announce that our Dennis Matthews has joined Jason Lietaer and me as a partner in the firm. Many of you have worked with him over the years in his role as Vice President of Marketing and Communications, where he led the creation and expansion of our marketing, creative and digital team. This will be a continued focus for Dennis and we’re honoured to have him leading what we consider to be a critical area of our business.

As the next step in our growth, we are launching a sister agency to Enterprise – Creative Currency.

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This will formalize our existing in-house advertising and creative capabilities into a specialized external offering that will work with Enterprise in addition to seeking separate creative mandates.

Dennis Matthews will serve as the President of Creative Currency and help grow our current 15-member creative team into a market-leading, full-service advertising and content studio where ideas, strategies and stories meet to help you find currency in today’s world.

In a world defined by social movements, political upheaval and an ongoing technological revolution, Creative Currency will fill the gap between the fast-paced, high-stakes world of public affairs and traditional advertising to challenge how businesses think about protecting their brands and selling their products and services.

We’ll be sharing more on Creative Currency soon and we look forward to introducing this new brand and team to you.

We are now in a stronger position than ever to deliver the services you expect from us and to help you achieve your goals in today’s strategic communications, public affairs and creative environment.

I’m proud of what we have been able to achieve in our work with you and I’m excited about what the future holds at Enterprise and Creative Currency.

Thank you all for your continued partnership and support.

Alberta’s new Cabinet Ministers

Premier Kenney made his first significant cabinet shuffle since appointing his cabinet April 30, 2019, following the last general election.

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British Columbia Budget 2021

Earlier today, British Columbia’s Minister of Finance, Selina Robinson, tabled the government’s 2021 Budget: Building Today for a Better Tomorrow.

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Federal Budget 2021

Today, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland tabled the Federal 2021 Budget titled A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth and Resilience. Our team put together an analysis.

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Saskatchewan Budget 2021

Today, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Finance, Donna Harpauer, announced the government’s second budget released during COVID-19.

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Ontario Budget

Today, Finance Minister Rod Phillips delivered Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover. As in the spring, the government has had to scale back its ambitions for a true multi-year fiscal plan in favour of this tailored ‘mini-budget’ focused on response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Enterprise Health Practice grows with addition of Carly Ellis

Toronto, ONT. — Enterprise is expanding its health care practice with the addition of Carly Ellis as a Senior Consultant. With six years of health care experience, Carly brings a background in health system transformation and hospital operations, as well as expertise in health policy, communications and government relations to Enterprise’s Health Practice team.

“As we support our clients in navigating the complexities of the health care system and the current environment impacted by COVID-19, Carly’s expertise in health care and the health system will be a true asset”, said Katie Heelis, Health Practice Lead at Enterprise.

Carly has developed a strong knowledge of the health care system through her work at a regional health authority, specifically in the area of mental health and addictions, and at the largest community-based hospital in Ontario. She has worked with senior leaders and teams across the health system to develop and execute a wide range of strategic projects, including designing a new hospital to meet the needs of a diverse community, and supporting the successful application of the first Ontario Health Team.

“We are proud of Enterprise’s success since we launched our Health Practice, supporting many different organizations across the health sector in advocacy, strategic communications and issues management. Our Health Practice will continue to be a high priority, and the addition of Carly Ellis to our team gives us even greater strength,” said Barbara Fox, Chief Executive Officer at Enterprise.

Carly holds a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University’s School of Public Policy and an Honours degree in Health Sciences with a minor in Political Sciences from the University of Western Ontario. She also completed a semester at Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in Paris, France.

When not at work, Carly spends her time being active outdoors and as a volunteer mentor with StepStones, a program for vulnerable youth. She is also a 2020 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow.


Alberta’s Economic Recovery Plan

Earlier today, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance, Travis Toews, announced Alberta’s Economic Recovery Plan. It’s a detailed and comprehensive plan with a lot to unpack. Our team has put together a full analysis.

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Working with Matawa First Nations to Build Community-Based Infrastructure

Canadian Companies Helping to Develop Northern Ontario

TORONTO –Minawshyn Development Corporation (MDC) and Enterprise Canada Inc. have entered into Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with Ontario Power Generation (OPG), EPCOR, and PCL Construction to collaborate on and develop community-based infrastructure projects with the Matawa First Nations member communities in northern Ontario.

The collaboration with MDC, a wholly owned corporation of the Matawa First Nations member communities, will allow for economic development and growth within the region located about 450 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.

OPG, EPCOR, PCL Construction, and Enterprise Canada are leaders in Canadian infrastructure and project origination and are proud to support the Matawa First Nations’ efforts, to play a lead role in development by working with MDC on exploring infrastructure solutions, that will benefit their communities.

“We’re excited to be working with Matawa First Nations on developing community-based projects that benefit and explore economic development in their region,” said Heather Ferguson, OPG’s SVP of Corporate Affairs. “This is a critical step towards forging a path forward in this remote region and ensuring that these communities benefit from innovative, energy-based solutions.”

“Enterprise is proud to be involved with Matawa’s regional strategy and help develop the infrastructure and services that these communities need and deserve,” said Enterprise CEO Barbara Fox. “We look forward to continuing to forge this new path forward with the Matawa member communities and Chiefs.”

“EPCOR is pleased to be a part of this alliance to explore the future of water and wastewater infrastructure services for Matawa First Nations communities,” said Steve Stanley, Senior Vice President, Commercial Services for EPCOR. “Working together, with shared values and objectives, we can move toward realizing the Matawa vision and the benefits it will bring to the region from commercial and economic development perspectives.”

“PCL is proud to work with the Matawa First Nations and their partners to support indigenous led solutions for the development and delivery of infrastructure throughout the region,” said Monique Buckberger, District Manager at PCL Construction. “PCL has a strong commitment to clients and partners who drive innovation and we look forward to supporting Matawa’s vision and goals.”

About OPG:

OPG is the largest electricity generator in the province, providing almost half the power Ontarians rely on every day. It is also one of the most diverse generators in North America with nuclear, hydro, biomass, solar and gas assets.

About Enterprise Canada Inc:

Enterprise is a national strategic communications firm founded in 1986. With more than 40 consultants drawn from senior levels in politics, government, media, marketing and business, Enterprise delivers a full range of communications, government relations, public affairs, digital and public relations services. Enterprise established its Infrastructure and Development Practice in 2018 with a team of industry leaders from across Canada to clear the way for sustainable development through partnerships that sees Indigenous Peoples and communities directing projects and opportunities that impact them directly. For more information, please visit www.enterprisecanada.com.

About EPCOR Utilities Inc:

EPCOR, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, builds, owns and operates electrical, natural gas and water transmission and distribution networks, water and wastewater treatment facilities, sanitary and stormwater systems, and infrastructure in Canada
and the United States. The Company also provides electricity, natural gas and water products and services to residential and commercial customers. EPCOR, headquartered in Edmonton, is an Alberta Top 75 employer. EPCOR’s website address is www.epcor.com.

About PCL Construction:

PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and in Australia. These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets are supported by
a strategic presence in more than 30 major centers. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of $9 billion, making PCL the largest contracting organization in Canada and one of the largest in North America. Watch us build at PCL.com.


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For more information, please contact: Ontario Power Generation
416-592-4008 or 1-877-592-4008


Matawa First Nations forge new path forward looking to major companies to assist in controlling development of community infrastructure


TORONTO, ON: Chiefs of the Matawa First Nations in Northern Ontario announced Monday they are creating a New Way Forward in developing community infrastructure in their traditional territory. Discussions are ongoing with PCL Construction, Enterprise Canada, Ontario Power Generation and EPCOR Canada to determine how best to meet the infrastructure needs in Matawa communities.

Matawa First Nations will play a lead role in developing Northern infrastructure and guiding the Emerging Northern Economy. Through new relationships with leading Canadian companies, an innovative new approach to financing and managing the construction the needs of these communities can be defined for Matawa communities who have long waited for crucial infrastructure that will bring their people the stability and hope that they deserve.

The announcement at PDAC 2020 in Toronto is the result of months of work looking at the control of development in the Matawa region while also preparing for future development needs. Matawa and these partner companies are discussing the creation of a corporation to oversee construction and financing of infrastructure across the region.

Key to the success of this commitment is that the communities themselves are moving the process forward, with decision-making power on what is built, when and how. This unique approach can allow Matawa First Nations to control development of their community infrastructure, while protecting their Inherent, Aboriginal Rights and their Homelands.

Through the assistance of the federal government—Matawa First Nations have been able to move forward on this ground-breaking new approach where Matawa communities control their future.


“Government is slow to change its processes of funding for some of our basic needs and our communities do not have any more time to wait. The MOUs bring new hope and will be the faster vehicle to bring us healing and wellness through things like infrastructure development – housing, culture and language centres, improvement to schools, play equipment and recreational facilities for our children and youth.”
– Chief Judy Desmoulin, Long Lake #58 First Nation

“I think looking at the regional side, we need to work together and identify regional priorities and how they can benefit our First Nation communities. Each First Nation has their own autonomy and will benefit from our communities working together as a whole. There is a lot of work to do and the Matawa member First Nations communities will formulate the structures and distributions ourselves.”
– Chief Cornelius Wabasse, Webequie First Nation

“As of today, March 2, 2020, my community has been in a State of Emergency for 234 days and under a Boil Water Advisory for 6,788 days. We are in dire need of infrastructure of every kind, with an urgent need for adequate proper housing. With crowded conditions throughout my community, and even 18 people living in one house—we have an immediate need for 204 houses. To be able to build infrastructure in a more proactive way is a welcome opportunity to level the playing field.”
– Chief Harvey Yesno, Eabametoong First Nation


For more information, please contact Carol Audet, Communications Manager – Matawa First Nations at (807) 632-9663 or by email at caudet@matawa.on.ca

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