Fireside Chat with Enterprise Canada – What can you expect in the upcoming provincial election?

Members only session

Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Fireside Chat with Enterprise Canada – What can you expect in the upcoming provincial election?

Pandemic recovery in health, education, and the economy will be the focus of next year’s provincial election, and party platforms will lay out how they think we can build back better. But what can we expect to hear and what might the election campaign look like? Join our government relations firm, Enterprise Canada, for a discussion on party priorities and if there might be any commitments to primary care.

Moderator:

  • Dr. Allan Grill– Lead Physician, Markham FHT; President and Chair, AFHTO

Panel:

  • Katie Heelis- Vice President and Health Practice Lead, Enterprise Canada
  • Dennis Matthews- President, Creative Currency and Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Enterprise Canada

Panelists

Katie Heelis

Katie Heelis, Vice President and Health Practice Lead, Enterprise Canada


Katie Heelis is a recognized health care expert, political strategist, and issues manager with a successful track record of running some of the largest health campaigns in Canada.


Katie was previously the Issues Manager and Policy Advisor in the Office of the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care where she worked as the lead on the Ontario Mental Health and Addiction Strategy and the Ontario First Nations Action Plan among other files, including public health.

During her tenure at Queen's Park, she honed her political acuity, becoming a key advisor on health policy, and working on a variety of political campaigns at the municipal, provincial, and national level.
Since joining Enterprise, Katie has led national public affairs, government relations and public relations campaigns for some of Canada’s largest healthcare organizations. Today, she is sought after by many of Canada's leading health executives and organizations to support the development of winning public affairs campaigns. During COVID-19, Katie has helped many health care organizations across the country to navigate this new and challenging landscape and prepare for the future.


Katie is a graduate of the Balsillie School of International Affairs, holding a master’s degree in International Public Policy with a focus on Global Public Health. She is also a dedicated volunteer in the community mental health sector and a Board Member at Margaret's Housing and Community Support Services in Toronto.

Dennis Matthews

Dennis Matthews- President, Creative Currency and Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Enterprise Canada

 

Dennis Matthews is President of Creative Currency, an advertising agency and content studio.


At Creative Currency he leads a team that works with leaders, major brands and causes to tell their story and move public opinion. Dennis served as an advertising advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and is a veteran of numerous political campaigns.


He has worked at a major media company in Toronto and is a frequent commentator on advertising, digital and political issues. His work has been published in the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s Magazine and The Sun newspaper chain. Dennis is a member of the Board of Directors of Destination Ontario, the lead tourism marketing organization for the province.


He also serves on the Marketing and Communications Committee of the Michael Garron Hospital. In 2019, he was recognized as an Adweek Magazine Toronto Brand Star.

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