Lobby Wrap: Energy and environment dominate the federal lobbying scene

During a week in which years-old communications were responsible for much of the reported lobbying activity, environmental and health care organizations were particularly active on the federal Registry of Lobbyists.

More than 400 communications each about health and the environment were logged last week between lobbyists and federal employees or public office holders. MPs, unsurprisingly, were most frequently reported as being in touch with lobbyists, with 784 recorded communications last week being directed at members of the House of Commons.

Geoscience BC, a not-for-profit environmental research group based in Vancouver, was one organization that stood out on the Registry last week, with two lobbyists registering on its behalf. It’s after government cash to help it research clean energy and natural resources — specifically those that concern hydrogen, geothermal energy, and carbon capture, utilization and storage in Western Canada. Last year, Geoscience BC received $120,000 from Western Economic Diversification Canada.

Daniel Bernier, of Earsncliffe Strategy Group, and Adam Johnson, of Earnscliffe BC, are lobbying on its behalf.

The highlights

Multiple Registrations:

Cronos Group Inc., which makes cannabinoids, was the only other company that also had two lobbyists sign up for it.

In terms of lobbying firms, Capital Hill Group reported the strongest week with four registrations, while PAA Public Affairs had two, also.

Capital Hill’s Stefano Gardiman was the only lobbyist with two sign ups.

In recent energy/environment/climate registrations:

NexGen Energy Ltd is trying to reach officials from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), as well as other institutions, about the company’s Rook I Project in Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin. It’s doing so courtesy of Andrea van Vugt of Wellington Advocacy Inc.

Tiéoulé Traoré of NATIONAL Public Relations registered for Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, which received $18.8 million from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) last year. According to the registration, the group wants to hold introductory meetings with officials from Environment and Climate Change Canada, as well as other federal departments and agencies, to discuss the progress of the Ocean Supercluster.

Other: Chinook Pathways Inc., S2E Technologies Inc., ZEN Graphene Solutions

In recent health registrations:

EmpowerPharm Inc. enlisted the help of Global Public Affairs Inc.’s Andrew Retfalvi to engage with Health Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, and MPs on support for health sciences research and development, as well as regulations for prescription drugs.

In recent agriculture/trade registrations:

Quinn Public Affairs Inc.’s Mark Quinn registered on behalf of the Nunavut Planning Commission, which wants to speak to government officials about establishing land use policies and designations that promote conservation, economic development and the health and wellness of people who live in the territory.

Impala Canada Limited — a mining company and subsidiary of South African company Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) – is interested in the government’s implementation of United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). PAA Public Affairs’ Marie Lemieux registered for the company, which received $4.5 million from the Canada Revenue Agency last year.

In recent Indigenous registrations:

Others of note: Kids Help Phone, OET – Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment, Canadian Ski Hall of Fame and Museum, Qnext Corp, Intel of Canada, Ltd., Satellogic North America and Optiv Canada

Communications:

There were 1,938 communications reports last week, which included 2,937 individual cases.

The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada reported six communications from 2014, which were the most dated filings. Inter Pipeline Ltd. reported two from 2016, while Imperial Oil Limited and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers each made filings from 2018, and the West Coast Environmental Law Associations reported six instances from 2019.

Most active client organizations

Cystic Fibrosis Canada: 89 communications, in-house staff

The Canadian Vaping Association: 46 communications, paid lobbyist (consultant is affiliated with separate company but is a member of the association)

Canadian Produce Marketing Association: 46 communications, in-house staff

Nature Canada: 43 communications, in-house staff and paid lobbyist

Universities Canada: 41 communications, in-house staff

Most active paid lobbyists

Darryl Tempest for one client, 46 communications

Marion Sandilands for one client, 30 communications

Dan Pfeffer for six clients, 21 communications

Susan Smith for five clients, 19 communications

Roberto Chávez for five clients, 19 communications

Most lobbied public office holders

John Moffet: Assistant deputy minister – Environmental Protection Branch at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), 21 communications

Simon Kennedy: Deputy minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), 18 communications

Olivier Jarda: Director at the Office of the minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 18 communications

Marco Chan: Senior policy adviser to the minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, 17 communications

Five others had 16 communications apiece.

Most lobbied government institutions

House of Commons: 784 communications

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED): 321 communications

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC): 200 communications

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan): 149 communications

Health Canada (HC): 130 communications

Most lobbied subject matters

Health: 481

Environment: 457

Economic Development: 320

Energy: 258

Agriculture: 247

With files from Marguerite Marlin 

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