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Enterprise experts available to help voters look inside the federal election

Experts at Enterprise are available to help voters look inside the federal election—analyzing what’s working and what’s not and who’s up and who’s down. Most experts can draw on significant media experience as well as decades of experience in senior political
and marketing roles. We know topics and guests change, often at the last minute, and will do our best to meet tight deadlines with little notice. Direct contact information is provided for each expert. Enterprise experts are available by phone or email
almost anytime, and physically in Edmonton and Toronto.


Jason Lietaer

One of Canada’s highest profile, most versatile pundits, Jason brings years of experience in senior roles in Conservative governments and campaign war rooms. He’s a regular commentator on television and radio and is enthusiastic on social media. Jason
is based in Toronto.

Dennis Matthews

Dennis is a political advertising, branding and marketing expert. His experience includes running advertising and marketing for Stephen Harper’s government and held a senior role in the 2015 Conservative campaign. He’s a frequent TV and radio commentator
and a columnist on political advertising and digital marketing trends.

Katie Heelis

Katie is Enterprise’s health practice lead and has an in-depth background in Liberal politics. Her expertise on healthcare policy and mental health is sought after by a number of Canada’s largest healthcare companies. Her past experience includes time
working for Ontario’s Minister of Health. She also managed a riding campaign for the Ontario Liberals in 2018.

(Bilingual English-French) Semhar Tekeste

Semhar worked in senior roles in several ministers’ offices in the Harper government, and was responsible for Harper’s Quebec events during the 2015 election.  Today, she’s one of Enterprise’s senior public affairs consultants dealing with provincial
issues in Ontario.

Jeff Blay

Jeff is creative director at Enterprise and a specialist in digital marketing and content creation, including advertising and social media for a number of mobilization and advocacy campaigns. He recently headed the digital efforts for a Toronto mayoral

Sarah Del Giallo

A former journalist in both the Toronto Star and National Post newsrooms and general political news fanatic, Sarah brings her perspective from working in the media to analyze how outlets are covering the campaign and candidates.

Jonathan Sampson

Jonathan brings a young Conservative perspective to politics. Before joining Enterprise as a senior consultant, he put his public policy skills to work on a range of priority files working for Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General.


Erika Barootes

Erika is the current president of the United Conservative Party of Alberta and played a key role in Jason Kenney’s recent campaign. Previous roles include managing communications in the Alberta premier’s office. She’s originally from Saskatchewan and
knows Western Canada’s DNA inside and out, including time at a leading ad agency in Edmonton.

Peter Csillag

Peter worked for Jason Kenney in three separate cabinet positions in Ottawa and in a senior role while Kenney was Alberta’s opposition leader. Originally from Alberta, Peter also worked for the BC Liberal caucus. He’s well-versed in issues management
to get through a crisis.

Enterprise strengthens western Canada presence

Enterprise is strengthening its national reach with the official opening of its western Canada office on the heels of Alberta’s 2019 provincial election.

Led by Erika Barootes, the first elected President of the United Conservative Party, and Peter Csillag, long-time advisor to the newly elected Premier Jason Kenney, the Edmonton-based office will provide an enhanced level of expertise and on-the-ground support, building on the firm’s long history in Alberta and western Canada.

“Erika and Peter have a deep understanding of local issues and governments,” says Enterprise President Jason Lietaer. “Their institutional knowledge and strong relationships will be a game-changer for our business in the west.”

Since joining the team in May, Barootes and Csillag have hit the ground running in Alberta during an unprecedented summer session.

“The new government passed 13 bills focussed on jobs, economy, and red tape reduction, and there’s no sign of slowing down,” says Barootes, Vice President of Western Canada. “We have a great opportunity to help clients navigate the direction the government is headed and help them build lasting relationships in Alberta and throughout the western provinces.”

Barootes, who was elected to the role of President at the party’s founding AGM in May 2018, brings 15 years of government and political experience to the team. A Saskatchewan native, she understands the prairie provinces and the important work that’s needed across the country to support market access and economic prosperity.

Csillag joins Enterprise as Director of Public Affairs and Campaigns, coming out of his role as Director of Issues Management for the United Conservative Caucus in the Alberta Legislature. His decade of political experience also includes positions as a rapid response advisor in the UCP war room for the successful 2019 campaign, and in federal ministerial offices in Ottawa and the British Columbia Legislature.

With the addition of the Alberta office, Enterprise clients will benefit from unprecedented access and bandwidth support from a growing team of more than 40 consultants, strategists and in-house creative staff across the country.

For more information contact:

Erika Barootes

Need a speech? Our new speechwriting unit has you covered

Our speechwriting unit has written for leaders as varied as Stephen Harper, Doug Ford, Jack Layton, former Nova Scotia Premier John Hamm, Rachel Notley, former Ontario Liberal Leader Lyn McLeod, and John Tory. As well as C-suite executives, ministers of every kind of portfolio, heads of organizations and associations, and issue experts in many fields. They are:

David Tarrant worked in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office, Premier Doug Ford’s office, and did corporate speeches at the Bank of Montreal.

Brian Fox has written for varied clients across many fields, including financial services and municipal affairs.

Peter Downs has also written for many of our clients, often in health care on topics such as mental health and Alzheimer’s disease.

David Sieger worked at Queen’s Park for the Liberals and has a wealth of experience writing for organizations and stakeholders.

Peter Csillag has written speeches for United Conservative MLAs in Alberta, BC Liberal MLAs in British Columbia, and Conservative MPs in Ottawa.

Our process includes a pre-meeting or call, a sit down with the speech giver to hear him or her talk to help us capture their voice, and two rounds of edits to make sure they hit it out of the park.

For more information contact:

Margaret Martin


Katie Heelis named leader of growing Enterprise health practice

Enterprise is excited to launch its new health practice led by Katie Heelis, a respected leader in health advocacy, issues management and policy development, to help our clients navigate the massive changes and challenges facing the sector today.

“The pace of change in health care is only accelerating. The opportunities and challenges for those in the sector are endless,” said Enterprise CEO Barbara Fox. “We are so proud to have Katie lead our team and help our clients navigate these challenging times.”

Since joining the firm in 2018, Katie has applied her background in health policy at the national and provincial levels to lead government advocacy and strategic communications campaigns for health-care associations, not-for-profit organizations, technology companies, medical groups and professional associations.

Under Katie’s leadership, Enterprise has built a reputation for our ability to help companies and organizations improve relationships with government, secure funding, shape public opinion and respond to challenging issues at a critical time of change for the health sector.

What Sets Us Apart

  • Knowledge of public policy and how to influence it
  • Decades of expertise and a deep understanding of Canada’s complex health system
  • Strong relationships with government and throughout the health sector
  • An ability to execute multi-faceted public affairs campaigns, including in-house creative services
  • A track record of delivering results

We’re seeing a strong appetite for solutions in the health sector across Canada. With that comes significant opportunities for organizations to lead the charge and stay ahead of the game when it comes to shaping policy and delivering better health outcomes for Canadians.

As health practice lead, Katie will be supported by a nationally recognized team of government relations and communications consultants from Enterprise offices in Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Niagara and, on November 1, 2019, our new office in Hamilton, to help our clients across the sector achieve their goals.

For more information contact:

Katie Heelis


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