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Mario Lavoie Joins Hill+Knowlton Stratégies

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Mario Lavoie Joins Hill+Knowlton Stratégies

11:26 EDT Wednesday, May 29, 2013

MONTRÉAL (Business Wire) -- In keeping with its goal to bring together the best talent in each sector, No. 1-rated public relations and government affairs agency Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) is pleased to announce that Mario Lavoie joined its team of communications professionals. With solid experience in strategic consulting in the public sector at both the provincial and federal levels, he will serve as vice-president, corporate communications, in the Montréal office.

"We are obviously very pleased that Mario Lavoie chose to join our team," says Frédéric Bérard, senior vice-president, financial and regulatory affairs, and general manager of the Montréal office. "The arrival of a seasoned strategist like Mario is a tremendous asset to our clients. His in-depth knowledge of the political environment and international issues, coupled with his communication skills, will allow us to consolidate our position as one of Québec's leaders in consulting services.”

An outstanding track record

Mario Lavoie has nearly 30 years of experience in the political field, and extensive knowledge of the political environment and public policy.

From 2003 to 2012, he served as political advisor and diplomatic advisor to Premier of Québec Jean Charest. As a political advisor, Mario worked on a number of issues, including climate change, the negotiation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Canada-Europe and Plan Nord.

As the person in charge of Canadian intergovernmental relations, he maintained relations between the provincial governments and the government of Canada. He helped negotiate a number of agreements between the two levels of government, including harmonization of the GST and the QST, the agreement regarding Québec's participation in UNESCO as well as the agreement on the creation of Council of the Federation.

As diplomatic advisor, he contributed to the strategic implementation of the missions of the Prime Minister, both in Canada and abroad.

From 1998 to 2003, Mario served as director of the research service at the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition in Québec. Previously, he worked as the associate director of services to the Progressive Conservative caucus of Canada at the House of Commons. He was also employed by the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada from 1985 to 1989.

About Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada

With nine offices across the country, Hill+Knowlton Strategies is a leader in both public relations and government relations. The Canadian headquarters is located in Toronto. The company is the No. 1-rated strategic communications firm in Canada. It specializes in corporate communications, public affairs, marketing communications, crisis, energy, technology, health care, digital communications, financial communications and transactions. The only communications firm to have earned the Order of Excellence from Excellence Canada, it is also recognized as one of the 2013 Best Workplaces in Canada. Its parent company, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Inc., has 90 offices in 52 countries as well as an extensive associate network and is a member of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), one of the world's largest communications services groups.

For more information:
Hill+Knowlton Stratégies
Marianne Brault, 514 395-0375, ext. 236
marianne.brault@hkstrategies.ca

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