Michael Lohner

Co-Founder & Principal

  • Co-founder
  • Edmonton

Phone: 780-456-1765

Michael is a principal and co-founder of Canadian Strategy Group. He is an accomplished government relations, public policy, and strategic planning consultant with a strong record of achievement in the public, private and political sectors.

Michael’s experience as a trusted advisor and strategist is supported by a foundation of over two decades of political experience – in campaign management, as senior staff and in a volunteer capacity. He also brings significant business background through 15 years of private sector management experience supplemented by an MBA from Queens University.

Michael’s work with Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical operating company, Janssen-Ortho Inc., involved establishing its government relations presence in Alberta. In the role of Director of Government Relations for Western Canada, he was responsible for influencing health policy, providing strategic corporate advice and enhancing and protecting company revenue.

He served as Chief of Staff to the Alberta Ministers of Environmental Protection, Agriculture Food and Rural Development, and Infrastructure during the Klein Administration. Michael has led numerous provincial and federal campaigns over the last 25 years. For most of the campaigns during that period, Michael has been called upon for operational expertise, campaign leadership, candidate training or strategic advice.

Professional Experience Highlights

  • Managed a provincial leadership campaign in 2011
  • Central campaign team leader for 2015, 2012 and 2008 provincial elections
  • In 2008, Michael created Canadian Strategy Group with Hal Danchilla
  • In 2008, Michael founded Michael Lohner Strategies Inc.
  • Graduated from Queen’s University with a Masters of Business Administration (2006) and from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce (1993)
  • Director of Government Relations for Johnson & Johnson (Janssen-Ortho) for Western Canada (2001 – 2008)
  • Chief of Staff for provincial ministries of Environmental Protection, Agriculture Food and Rural Development, and Infrastructure (1998-2001)
  • Convention Organizing Committee Chair for 2002 National Progressive Conservative Convention in Edmonton, Alberta