OUR TEAM

OUR TEAM

STEWART KIFF
PRESIDENT AND FOUNDING PARTNER

Phone : (416) 469.9686

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stewart@solsticecanada.ca

Twitter : @StewartKiff

Stewart Kiff is passionate about public affairs and has made it his career. His insightful advice and extensive experience in the political and media sectors have earned him a reputation as a thoughtful strategic advisor to companies, associations and professional groups.

Stewart has three decades of experience in public affairs in Ontario, where his clients include several major francophone associations. He also keeps a close eye on the federal scene for many of his clients.

Stewart previously worked as a political reporter for the Timmins Daily Press and the Orillia Packet and Times, which gave him a good understanding of the media world.

This solid experience allows Stewart to provide tactical and strategic advice in a concise and meaningful way.

Stewart's educational background is also in the field of public affairs. He holds a BA in Political Studies from Queen's University and an MA in Political Science from the University of Ottawa. He also pursued studies at the University of Strasbourg in France. Stewart is fluent in English and French and has studied Spanish.

Stewart is a founding member of the Economic Club of Canada and is a volunteer in the Toronto Métis community as well as in numerous political campaigns. He has supported several prominent political figures in Ontario as a volunteer and fundraiser.

Stewart writes and speaks regularly about public affairs. His articles have appeared in daily newspapers such as The Ottawa Citizen, Le Droit d'Ottawa and weeklies such as The Toronto Express. He is married with three children.

JEAN-GUY FRÉCHETTE
SENIOR PARTNER

Phone : (416) 469.9686

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jean-guy@solsticecanada.ca

Twitter : @JGFrechette

Jean-Guy Fréchette is a Senior Partner at Solstice Public Affairs. Jean-Guy brings his fifteen years of experience to our clients to achieve results and to influence public policies that affect them.

 

After working in the office of the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, and as a public servant in leadership positions in both Ministries of Apprenticeship, Jean-Guy joined Solstice of the Ontario Aboriginal Institutes Consortium where he was the Executive Director. He has also worked at Algonquin College in Ottawa as a director associate in government relations.

 

His accomplishments in public policy are numerous. Notably, Jean-Guy played a key role in the development of the country's first-ever legislation recognizing a post-secondary education system by and for Aboriginal communities. At the Ministry of Education, he was responsible for the largest capital funding program for French-language schools in Ontario. At the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Jean-Guy was the leader of the Aboriginal postsecondary education team and the team responsible for the development of Employment Ontario training programs and skilled trades apprenticeship programs.

 

Originally from North Bay, Jean-Guy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in Semiotics and Communications, and a Master of Education degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He received the Amethyst Award from the Secretary of the Cabinet for Excellence in Public Policy. In his community, Jean-Guy was named Citizen of the Year at the North Bay Winter Carnival and served as Vice-President of ACFO Nipissing. He currently lives with his family in rural Ottawa's west end.

GREG SENIUK
SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Phone : (416) 469.9686

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greg_s@solsticecanada.ca

LinkedIn : Greg Seniuk

Greg is an experienced senior policy and issue management specialist with over 10 years of experience in provincial politics.

Until recently, Greg was a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Premier of Ontario, responsible for transportation, environmental and urban planning issues. In this role, Greg worked directly with senior officials, First Nations, mayors, environmental non-governmental organizations and a host of other interest groups to develop and implement policy and help stakeholders navigate the complex maze of government. Greg has advised the Premier on key issues such as the budget process, growth plans, affordable housing, regional rapid rail services, public transit and the environmental assessment process.

Greg has also served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Ministers of Transport and Environment. In this capacity, he was responsible for overseeing highway infrastructure projects and environmental assessments ranging from mining to industrial air emissions and renewable energy. He was also responsible for the deployment of Ontario's first public charging system for electric vehicles.

In addition to his policy experience, Greg has worked as legislative counsel and issues manager, which has given him a good understanding of the legislative process at Queen's Park and honed his skills in identifying and managing emerging issues in the media and political landscape.

Greg has also been involved in several election campaigns, during which he has played various roles: development of election platforms, communications and debate preparation.

Outside of work, Greg is a new dad, an avid traveller, a messy cook and a vinyl record collector.

Greg will be an important asset to Solstice Public Affairs and will, we believe, be able to meet the needs of a diverse clientele over the next few years.

CRAIG BROCKWELL
SENIOR POLITICAL ADVISOR

Phone : (416) 469.9686

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craig@solsticecanada.ca

Craig Brockwell is a seasoned political operative with experience in developing and delivering workshops, writing briefs, presenting strategic plans and organizing major conferences on practical political action since 1990.

Craig has been a member of the provincial and various local executives of the Ontario Liberal Party and various local federal Liberal riding associations.

On a personal note, Craig has never lost an election while running for union or political office.

Craig is by far the most recognizable unelected face of Queen's Park. Previously, he was the eyes and ears of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) at Queen's Park. During that time, he worked regularly with many other unions on issues affecting all three levels of government as a member of several committees.

In recognition of his efforts on behalf of OSSTF, Craig was awarded the Wendell Fulton Award, one of the most prestigious awards offered by OSSTF. It is presented annually to the individual who demonstrates success, longevity and determination in political affairs and is named after OSSTF's first director of Government Relations, Wendell Fulton.

Craig has extensive experience in developing and delivering workshops, writing briefs, delivering strategic plans, and organizing major conferences on practical political action, each of which has produced results for his employers and clients. Craig's "Queens Park Days" have regularly involved more than two-thirds of the elected members of the Ontario Legislature. Some political commentators have noted that it is not a successful fundraiser unless Craig is present.

Prior to becoming involved in advocacy work, Craig taught high school carpentry, architectural design, offset printing and art and was the elected president of his teachers' local. Craig has extensive experience working in the hospitality and construction sectors, including working at all levels of the hospitality industry, as a carpenter and in other management positions.

In addition to English, Craig speaks French, Italian and Spanish. Craig is married and is the father of two young men and has three grandchildren. In addition, Craig has designed and built his own straw bale house with his sons and family.

SERGE MUKENDI
ASSOCIATE

Serge Mukendi is a lawyer located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, specializing in International Business Law.

He has helped several companies in their expansion to establish themselves on the Central African market.

Through his expertise and extensive network in the political, economic and financial circles of the region, as well as through his studies and experience gained from his many years spent in Canada, Mr. Mukendi is positioned as a partner and assistance of choice for organizations wishing to succeed in their international business projects that make the difficulties related to cultural barriers between the two continents commonplace.

Mr. Mukendi has been working for nearly 15 years as a consultant for the Congolese government as well as with several non-governmental organizations.


As a lawyer, he represents and accompanies his clients with great assiduity; he helps them realize their business projects while offering them an excellent representation before the various judicial institutions.

After studying law at the University of Sherbrooke in Canada, Mr. Mukendi holds a law degree from the Central University of Kinshasa and a diploma in international commerce from O'Sullivan College in Montreal.

ROBERT HUTTON
ASSOCIATE

Robert is a senior partner at Solstice Public Affairs, where he contributes to communications and public opinion strategies and stakeholder engagement.

He is a consultant in public consultation as well as market and consumer research.

He is one of Canada's leading experts in public opinion management, communications strategy and public affairs. His main areas of practice are in community engagement and consultation, public opinion research, and online and traditional communications. His clients include major developers, municipalities, NGOs and NFPs, and large corporations. His techniques and depth of expertise make him a valuable addition to our team of strategic advisors. He is a trusted advisor on all platforms, a solid business developer with a compelling client success story.

In politics and government, Robert has served as a senior executive in numerous political campaigns - for the national, provincial and municipal parties - including winning the 2014 Ontario Liberal campaign and the 2014 Toronto mayoralty campaign. Respected on both sides of the room, he brings an in-depth knowledge of the voter as well as a solid communication plan to develop a winning strategy. Robert is a pioneer in the application of consumer research techniques in the public affairs arena.

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