Canadian Strategy Group welcomes Hon. Rob Merrifield

Posted by | October 1, 2015 | News

Edmonton, AB – October 1, 2015: Canadian Strategy Group (CSG) announces the addition of Hon. Rob Merrifield to its team in the role of Senior Counsel. Merrifield most recently held the position of Alberta’s Special Representative to the United States, based in Washington D.C. He was a Member of Parliament from 2000-2014, and gained significant experience working on relationships between Canada and the United States during that time. During his time as an MP, Merrifield served in Cabinet as Minister of State (Transport), and was a member of the Treasury Board of Canada. He has worked on a wide range of issues facing Canada and Alberta including Energy, Environment, Trade, Healthcare, Transportation & Agriculture.

Rob Merrifield quote:

“Through my work as a Member of Parliament and as Alberta’s Representative in Washington D.C., I have helped foster business relationships and establish policy frameworks that stretch across the Canada/U.S. border. I have worked on files of critical importance to our national and provincial interests, including Country of Origin Labelling, Softwood Lumber trade agreements, and Market Access for petroleum products. I am very pleased to join Canadian Strategy Group where I will provide my advice and expertise on cross-border issues in various policy areas including energy, finance, agriculture and forestry.”

Hal Danchilla quote:

“Rob has been recognized nationally and internationally for effective engagement and experience in U.S./Canada relations. His expertise will help our clients understand issues in Washington D.C. and Ottawa, and will provide American firms with a familiar face in Western Canada. Rob will be a resource for our clients who are impacted by U.S and Canadian policy in many sectors.

Along with our recent hiring of Brian Storseth to open our Ottawa office, Rob Merrifield solidifies CSG’s understanding of government in both national capitals.”

CSG assists organizations to navigate government, shape public policy and communicate effectively with decision makers and stakeholders at all levels of government. Although issue monitoring and conversations with government are important, CSG goes far beyond that, interpreting and translating initiatives and identifying the implications and opportunities for its clients.

CSG is a team of senior, experienced leaders in their profession. All have managed campaigns, whether political or in the business community. Each member has a track record of delivering value to clients.

In addition to Merrifield, CSG’s leadership team includes:

  • Hal Danchilla, Co-Founder & Principal
  • Michael Lohner, Co-Founder & Principal
  • Rick Orman, Senior Counsel
  • Brian Storseth, Principal, Ottawa
  • Brenda Barootes, Principal, Government Relations
  • Katie Soles, Principal, Stakeholder Engagement
  • Marc Henry, President, ThinkHQ Research
  • Ken Georgetti, Strategic Counsel
  • Moe Sihota, Strategic Counsel

For complete team biographies please visit