SELECTED WORK

Selected Work2018-10-18T13:53:55+00:00

Below are examples of work provided by Westbrook Public Affairs.

A Drainage Strategy to Reduce Phosphorus entering the Thames River

OFA

Client: Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

Westbrook Public Affairs served as project lead for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative in forging a partnership with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, and negotiating a strategy to reduce phosphorus loss from agricultural land in the Thames River Basin. As the strategy moves into implementation, Westbrook Public Affairs continues to provide ongoing guidance and advice to the project manager and steering committee.

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Day on Parliament Hill

Client: Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

Westbrook Public Affairs organized a legislative day on Parliament Hill for a coalition of organisations, including the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, the Council of the Great Lakes Region, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, World Wildlife Fund, the Canadian Environmental Law Association, Freshwater Future, the Alliance for the Great Lakes, Stratégies Saint Laurent, and the Regroupement des Organismes de Bassins Versant du Québec.  The group met with key Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries and Opposition leaders and members. A reception for MPs and Great Lakes and St. Lawrence advocates featured US Ambassador Bruce Heyman as keynote speaker. See https://glslcities.org/events/great-lakes-st-lawrence-day-parliament-hill/

A New Approach to Planning, Servicing and Financing Growth in the Region of Peel

Client: Region of Peel

Westbrook Public Affairs prepared a report,  ‘A New Approach to Planning, Servicing and Financing Growth in Peel Region’, commissioned by the Region of Peel, which outlines basic objectives, concepts and key questions to help frame discussions amongst the Region, area municipalities and the development industry on practical measures to put the Region onto a financially sustainable path towards its 2041 growth vision. The Report was presented to Peel Regional Council’s Growth Management Committee on March 3rd 2016. See http://www.peelregion.ca/council/agendas/2016/2016-03-03-gmc-agenda.pdf

Strengthening Relations between Ontario Public Works Commissioners and the Government of Ontario

Client: Regional Public Works Commissioners of Ontario

Over the course of ten years, Westbrook Public Affairs has provided government relations and policy support to the Regional Public Works Commissioners of Ontario, across a range of infrastructure areas (waste, water and wastewater, transit and transportation). With Westbrook Public Affairs, RPWCO has strengthened its relationship with key senior decision makers in the Ontario Government and established itself as a go-to authority on public works.

Aligning Municipal and Provincial Policy and Practices with respect to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH)

Clients: Regional Public Works Commissioners of Ontario (RPWCO), Ontario Regional and Single Tier Treasurers (ORSTT), Regional Planning Commissioners of Ontario (RPCO)

Working with an Expert Panel, including Pamela Blais (Neptis Foundation), Enid Slack (Munk Centre for Municipal Finance and Governance) and Chris Kennedy (University of Toronto Department of Civil Engineering), Westbrook Public Affairs brokered consensus amongst eight regional and single tier municipalities in the GGH on recommendations for the Province’s consideration related to municipal finance, land use planning and public infrastructure with a view to improving implementation of the Growth Plan. See http://www.rpco.ca/files/Implementing_the_Growth_Plan_-_May_19.pdf.

 

Great Lakes Day at Queen’s Park

Client: Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

Westbrook Public Affairs  organized the Cities Initiative’s first legislative  day with the Ontario Government, devoted to Great Lakes issues. Meetings with key cabinet ministers and members of the Opposition were organized for participating mayors and an evening reception was held for mayors to meet and greet MPPs, co-hosted by the Honourable Charles Sousa, Ontario Minister of Finance.