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Available Instructors

Here is a listing of Advocacy School's currently available Instructors

  • J. Phillip Nicholson

    A graduate of Carleton (BA Hons Geography), Oxford (MA Economics and Politics) and M.I.T. (MCP City Planning), Mr. Nicholson has served as a public policy advisor to some 250 organizations in the public, private, voluntary and academic sectors over the past 25 years. Considered an expert in Cabinet decision-making and executive governance, he has worked for every major department and agency of the federal government, including all of the central agencies: Privy Council Office, Treasury Board Secretariat, Department of Finance and Justice Canada.

    His extensive work in policy development and program design includes principal authorship of more than one hundred major Cabinet and Treasury submissions spanning the social, economic, environmental, health, Aboriginal and general governance policy domains.

    In addition to substantial work in policy research and analysis, he has planned and facilitated some 300 consultation sessions, ranging from half-day in-house workshops to extensive multi-party stakeholder engagement processes addressing complex national issues. He has lectured on public issues management at universities in Canada, the United States, England and Japan.

    Organization: J. Phillip Nicholson Policy and Management Consultants Inc.
  • Carole Presseault

    Carole brings to the Advocacy School extensive experience advising associations and organizations in the development of advocacy programs. 

    As a strategist and public policy issue manager, she has helped organizations navigate challenging waters.  As a strong communicator, she has managed outreach programs on complex issues covering the gamut from health policy, international trade, tax and economic policy.

    Carole’s approach is one of inclusiveness and she has built a reputation as an effective coalition-builder with robust relationship management skills.

    She has considerable board experience acquired both as a volunteer and as a senior leader in large national associations.

    A bilingual (French, English) public affairs practitioner, Carole has been a frequent presenter before Parliamentary Committees and conferences and she has led numerous workshops coaching staff and volunteers in the development of advocacy strategies.

    Carole holds hold a graduate diploma in public administration from l’École nationale d’administration publique (2003) and has studied journalism and political science at the undergraduate level. 



    En tant que stratège et gestionnaire des enjeux publics depuis une vingtaine d’années, Carole a piloté de nombreux dossiers dans des secteurs diversifiés dont la santé, les finances publiques et les ordres professionnels.

    Elle est une professionnelle reconnue pour sa rigueur et son expertise et compte de nombreuses réussites dans ses dossiers de lobby dont l’établissement d’un fonds de recherche en soins infirmiers et l’extension des droits de pratique pour les CGA dans diverses provinces canadiennes. 

    Carole accorde beaucoup d’importance à la gestion de bonnes relations et elle est respectée pour son expertise dans l’établissement de partenariats constructifs et mutuellement avantageux pour les milieux des associations, des affaires et le gouvernement. 

    Elle a œuvré auprès de conseils d’administration autant en tant que bénévole, qu’à titre de membre de la haute direction d’associations.

    Une professionnelle bilingue (français, anglais), Carole a agi à titre de porte-parole pour diverses organisations lors de présentations en comité parlementaires, de conférences et d’entrevues médiatiques.  Elle a dirigé de nombreux ateliers de formation en lobbying pour des bénévoles et du personnel d’association.

    Carole détient un diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées en administration publique de l’École nationale d’administration publique (2003) et elle a aussi fait des études en journalisme et en sciences politiques.

  • Peter O'Malley

    Peter O'Malley is an independent consultant who has worked on and around Canada's Parliament Hill as a journalist, news editor, communications director and consultant.

    He has trained and advised business leaders and senior government officials in effective media relations, taught media relations at Ottawa's Algonquin College, lectured at colleges and universities, and published articles and essays dealing with public policy, communications and the news media. He is a Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Queen's University.

    Mr. O’Malley has specialized experienced in conventional and online communications, and can plan and project manage the implementation of dynamic web projects and applications. He was a member of the International Webmaster's Association, and the HTML Writer's Guild. He has advised several large governmental and multinational institutions on web and social media strategies.

    For the past 10 years, his work has increasingly focused on international public health issues and risk communications strategies for disease outbreaks. His clients in this area include the Government of Canada and the World Health Organization.

    Mr. O’Malley has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Public Relations Society (Ottawa), and as a national officer of the Consultants Institute of the Society. He has also served as a board member and board chair for an NGO providing housing and hospice support to people with HIV/AIDS, and as a board member of Heritage Ottawa, a local built-heritage advocacy organization.

    Organization: O'Malley Communications Inc.
  • Tom Robson

    Tom Robson is an independent strategic communications and public affairs consultant based in Ottawa. He has over 30 years of professional experience as a senior advisor on strategic communications to corporations, governments, universities and the non-profit sector.   He is an authority on advocacy communications, government relations, crisis communications and issues management in the complex and intensely competitive public policy environment.  His professional experience includes leading communications advisory roles during major public controversies and crisis events: tainted blood, silicone gel breast implants, consumer product tampering and recalls, environmental and safety incidents, among others.  Previously he was a senior executive with various leading international communications and public affairs consulting firms. 

    Organization: The Portland Group
  • John Sinclair

    John Sinclair, Associate at Sussex Circle, retired from the public service in October 2006 and brings with him expertise in policy development, organizational strategy and performance, litigation risk management and an in-depth knowledge of Aboriginal development challenges. Mr. Sinclair has provided consulting services to a wide range of Government of Canada Departments on issues including environment scanning and alternate futures forward planning methodologies, legal risk management and Integrated Risk Management, sustainable development policy, organizational restructuring, development and mobilization, policy communication and Strategic Review.

    Organization: Sussex Circle