Hal Danchilla

Co-Founder & Principal

  • Co-Founder
  • Edmonton

Phone: 780-975-4462

Hal Danchilla is a seasoned strategic planner, issues manager, and negotiator, with demonstrated expertise in public, private, and political spheres. He has been involved in almost every political campaign in Alberta since 1982. Hal served as a primary source of advice and leading strategic planning initiatives for the provincial cabinet, ministers, and government caucus. Throughout the 2000s Hal also made critical contributions to strategic planning and election campaigns at the federal level. He first began consulting in 1998 and has been with CSG since its founding in 2008.

Throughout his career Hal has dealt with high-risk situations, such as contaminated sites and hazardous operations. This has provided him with a solid basis in dealing with operational impacts, community consultation and media management.

Professional Expertise

  • Co-Founded Canadian Strategy Group with Michael Lohner (2008)
  • Established Danchilla Strategies (1998);
  • Served as the chief of staff/executive assistant to the Ministers of, Environmental Protection, Federal and Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs and ended his government career as the Special Advisor to the Provincial Treasurer (1991-1998).
    • Involved in the design and implementation of Alberta’s communication and public consultation strategy on national unity, as well as logistics management.
    • Designed and implemented the strategies for a variety of human health issues relating to contaminated sites throughout the province of Alberta, and has extensive communications experience in dealing contaminated sites throughout the country.
    • Spearheaded the communication strategies for the Premiers’ Conference, Western Premiers’ Conference, and the Ministers of Aboriginal Affairs Conference and the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME).
  • Involved in every election campaign held in Alberta since 1982, with extensive involvement in the Leadership Campaigns of both Don Getty and Ralph Klein;
    • Head of strategic planning for all municipal campaigns and a primary source of advice for former Mayor Stephen Mandel (2005-2014);
    • Co-chairman of the Operations committee for the Leadership Campaign of Jim Dinning (2006);
    • Alberta Co-Chair for the federal election campaign for the Conservative Party of Canada (2006);
    • Appointed as the Alberta Campaign chairman for the federal election campaign (2006);
    • Deputy Chief of Staff to the Official Leader of the Opposition in Ottawa (2000);
    • National Campaign Manager for the successful Leadership Campaign for Stockwell Day (2000);
    • National Campaign manager for the Canadian Alliance Party of Canada during the 2000 election;

Committees & Boards

  • Chair of the Edmonton Homeless Commission and continued the work of implementation of the City of Edmonton’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness
  • Member of the board of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (2006-Present)
  • Previously sat on the International Film Festival and Board of Governors for Grant MacEwan College.

Awards & Recognition

  • Named one of Alberta’s 50 most Influential People in Venture Magazine in 2005
  • Provides political commentary for campaigns and elections on a variety of media outlets, including CTV News, Canada AM and the Corus Radio Network.