Canadian Strategy Group welcomes Rick Orman and Brian Storseth

Posted by | September 30, 2015 | News

Edmonton, AB – September 22, 2015:  Canadian Strategy Group (CSG) is pleased to announce that Rick Orman and Brian Storseth are joining the firm as Strategic Counsel to its clients. Orman will help build CSG’s Energy practice, while Storseth will open and lead its Ottawa office as well as work on municipal issues in Alberta.

Rick Orman brings a long and distinguished work history in the public and private sector to the CSG team. He served as MLA for Calgary-Montrose from 1986 until 1993, serving in a number of Cabinet portfolios including Minister of Energy. Since leaving elected office 22 years ago Orman has held numerous senior leadership positions in the energy industry. He has over 30 years of experience providing government relations and business development advice in corporate finance, negotiations, and mergers and acquisitions.

Rick Orman quote:

“I am pleased and excited to join Canadian Strategy Group, and look forward to bringing my experience and expertise in government and the energy sector to CSG.”

Brian Storseth was the Member of Parliament for Westlock-St. Paul from 2006-2015. He has a wealth of experience dealing with industry, municipalities and aboriginal stakeholders to solve complex problems, including the aftermath of the Cold Lake fire. Prior to holding federal elected office he was a Town Councillor in Barrhead, and also worked on the staff of the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

Brian Storseth quote:

“I look forward to opening Canadian Strategy Group’s Ottawa office and bringing the kind of insight and expertise that the firm is known for to clients in the nation’s captital. I am excited to work as part of a seasoned team of professionals and look forward to sharing my perspectives on issues with the firm and its clients.”

Hal Danchilla, Canadian Strategy Group co-founder:

“Michael and I are thrilled to welcome Rick Orman and Brian Storseth to the team. Earlier this year we brought Ken Georgetti and Moe Sihota, senior experts from the political left, into CSG. With the addition of Orman and Storseth we have top strategists from across the political spectrum.  We have added a deep understanding of the energy industry and an enhanced skillset in Ottawa with the addition a former Energy Minister and CEO and an experienced Ottawa advocate and retired MP.”

With today’s additions, CSG adds a strong, veteran player in Alberta’s energy industry in Rick Orman, and an experienced Ottawa advocate in Brian Storseth. Coupled with CSG’s already well-established credentials in government relations across Western Canada, the two additions cement CSG’s appeal for clients with high-stakes issues across the country.

Well-known labour veteran Ken Georgetti and former BC NDP Minister Moe Sihota joined CSG as Strategic Counsel in June 2015.

Canadian Strategy Group 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 Orman and Storseth, Canadian Strategy Group’s leadership team includes:

  • Hal Danchilla, Co-Founder
  • Michael Lohner, Co-Founder
  • Ken Georgetti, Strategic Counsel
  • Moe Sihota, Strategic Counsel
  • Marc Henry, ThinkHQ Research
  • Brenda Barootes, Government Relations
  • Katie Soles, Stakeholder Engagement

For complete team biographies please visit