Ken Stewart

Senior Consultant

Toronto | Tel: 416-979-1115 x 233

Personal Philosophy

“Learn to listen. Listen to learn.”

~ R. Lebauer

About Ken

Business and politics have been the cornerstone of Ken’s career for over 40 years.  Ken got his start by answering mail in Pierre Trudeau’s office. He then went on to play a key communications role in the Trudeau Government’s “6&5” anti-inflation campaign under Finance Minister Marc Lalonde, and, later, travelled to every Ontario town, village and hamlet as Special Assistant to Ontario Premier David Peterson. 

Ken’s corporate career began at Unitel Communications, as part of the public affairs and regulatory team that won the 1992 historic decision to open the Canadian long-distance market to competition.  As Major Account Sales Executive with Unitel’s successor company, AT&T Canada, Ken landed critical sales wins with the Ontario Government and Bank of Nova Scotia.  

In 2003, as Director of Sales for Advanced Utility Systems Corporation, a highly successful software firm in Canadian and U.S. energy markets, he built upon his earlier career successes and continued to accumulate substantial sales achievements.  He then returned to Queen’s Park as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Education in 2006, where he was responsible for staffing, briefings and stakeholder relations. 

Based in CHG’s Toronto office since 2007, Ken leads a highly successful lobbying practice where his business and politics experience has guided clients through regulatory, legislative and procurement challenges.  His insight and perspective into technology and government sales markets have earned him an outstanding reputation as one of Ontario’s top procurement lobbyists.

Career Highlights

  • Key political roles in the Prime Minister’s Office, Department of Finance, Office of the Premier of Ontario, Ministry of Education
  • Top Major Account Sales Performer, AT&T Canada, 1998
  • Closed key strategic software deals as Director of Sales at Advanced Utility Systems
  • Former Board Member, Toronto Public Library

Services Specialty

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Government
Relations
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Intergovernmental
Support
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Digital
Transformations
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Reputation
Management
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Lobbying
Compliance
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Client Profile
Raising

Areas of Expertise

Energy and disruptive technology in Canada
Technology
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IT & Security
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Education
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Procurement

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