Kim Haakstad, our new Vancouver-based Managing Director of Government Affairs, starts on August 15. Kim comes to us from Spectra Energy where she spent the last three years working directly with Aboriginal communities as Manager Local and Aboriginal Content Strategy for Spectra ‘s Western Canadian business. In that role she was tasked with ensuring Aboriginal communities could more fully participate in projects occurring in their traditional territories. This experience has uniquely positioned Kim to understand the complex dynamics involved when businesses and organizations seek to effectively and authentically engage with Indigenous communities to achieve social license and regulatory approvals.
Kim is a highly respected former senior political advisor and communications expert with decades of experience in politics, government relations and public policy. She brings to Wazuku an in-depth understanding of the inner workings of various levels of governments and complex regulatory environments.
Laura D’Angelo joins our Ottawa office as Senior Advisor on August 22. A former manager of development and events with the Liberal Party of Canada, Laura has extensive experience in major gifts and event organizing with some of the Party’s most senior representatives and supporters. She is extremely organized, collaborative and enthusiastic. During her tenure at McGill University, Laura was awarded the Scarlet Key Award for “outstanding student leadership”.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Laura has an excellent network in the city and will be working closely with Wazuku Principals, our Ottawa team and our clients to deliver strategic solutions to Government Relations problems.
We consider ourselves fortunate to have attracted team members the calibre of Kim and Laura to enhance our government relations’ expertise. Both of them bring the kind of integrity and entrepreneurial spirit that has become a signature of Wazuku culture.