NATIONAL’s Toronto office is proud to announce two recent leadership nominations to add even more strength to its Public Affairs practice. Drew Fagan, a former Ontario deputy minister, and Bob Richardson, a long-time political advisor have been named Senior Counsel to the Firm.
Drew Fagan served as Deputy Minister responsible for the Pan and Parapan American Games and Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport with the Government of Ontario. He took on these roles in 2014, as the province prepared to host the Games in summer 2015. Prior to this, he served four years as Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, with responsibility for overseeing government-wide capital expenditures.
Before joining the Ontario Public Service in 2009, he worked for the Government of Canada, where he was Assistant Deputy Minister for strategic policy and planning at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Before joining the public service, Drew worked for many years at The Globe and Mail, where he held several senior positions.
He will continue to serve as a senior fellow at the Public Policy Forum, C.D. Howe Institute and the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.
Bob Richardson brings over 25 years of experience in politics and public affairs to NATIONAL. His previous roles include Executive Vice President at Edelman, Senior-Vice President at Ipsos Reid and Vice-President at The Angus Reid Group. In the Ontario Government, he served as Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition, and as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Colleges and Universities, the Minister of Natural Resources and the Minister of Energy. Bringing together his private and public experience, Mr. Richardson co-founded The Devon Group (2003), a company that was acquired by Edelman in 2014, where he built one of Ontario’s most reputable government relations agencies.
Bob also serves as vice-chair of the board of The Ontario Centres of Excellence, director of Soccer Canada, and a member of the Board of Governors of George Brown College.
Their experience will benefit their colleagues and of course, their clients.
Drew, Bob, welcome to NATIONAL!