Government Relations

Stikeman Elliott can clearly and strategically integrate government relations and public relations on behalf of our clients. Our knowledge of the political and stakeholder landscape allows us to offer a unique perspective on managing interactions with governmental agencies and multiple constituents. Our nimble team can work as a client's primary advisor or as a seamless part of their public affairs team.

Stikeman Elliott fields the most diverse, deep and dialed-in team of regulatory experts. We offer considerable advantages to our clients through our knowledge of and access to the players in multiple sectors as well as our ability to assemble the right resources, including public relations and media consultants, and develop a strategic way forward.

With a strong presence in Ottawa, Stikeman Elliott maintains a healthy relationship with key players in the Government of Canada. We frequently liaise with officials of the Competition Bureau, Investment Canada, the Department of Finance, the Department of Justice, CRTC, Transport Canada, Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Department of Canadian Heritage, Global Affairs Canada, Public Safety Canada, and other important government departments and agencies. This gives us a distinct perspective and an on-the-ground presence where it counts. We also enjoy tremendous relationships with provincial regulators in securities, environment, financial services, energy and healthcare, as well as a wide range of municipal authorities.

A number of our partners have a historical and continuing connection with government, regulatory agencies and the Canadian legislative process, and we count several former high-level bureaucrats within our ranks.

Our Expertise

  • Alternative dispute resolution and mediation
  • Energy regulation and policy
  • Financial services regulation and policy
  • Foreign investment transactions
  • Government issue advocacy
  • Healthcare licensing
  • Municipal law and planning approvals
  • Overseas legal, judicial and policy reform
  • Public consultations
  • Public policy research, analysis and development
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Procurement and government contracting
  • Second opinions, assessments and evaluations
  • Sensitive mergers and acquisitions
  • Tax matters and disputes
  • Telecommunications regulation and policy