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Derek Ferguson, Senior Associate

Derek Ferguson is an inspiring leader and a shrewd, results-oriented problem solver.

Engaging and highly energetic, Derek is a successful entrepreneur, having co-founded Dawson Ferguson Strategies, a creative and client-focused communications and government relations firm based in Ottawa, in 2011. The company provides communications and outreach services to national and international governments, private sector clients and non-government organizations, including in the areas of the environment, resource-based industries, defence and securities sector, health care and others.

Derek has more than a decade of leadership in the financial and trade sectors of the federal government, including Director, Communications Policy and Strategy Division for the federal Department of Finance and Director of Public Affairs at Export Development Canada. He wrote and oversaw the development of key communications products for the annual federal budget and fiscal updates.

He served as General Director to the federal Liberal Research Bureau, overseeing the development of policy and strategic communications for caucus, including platform development and Question Period preparation. He worked daily with the Prime Minister’s Office as the official staff liaison for the caucus and led communications initiatives surrounding caucus and government announcements.

He had an extensive career as a resourceful, national political journalist at the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper, including stints on Parliament Hill and Queen’s Park, as well as holding the title of Bureau Chief for Western Canada. He possesses superior writing skills with the ability to transform complex information into concise, understandable language under tight deadlines.

Derek deals extensively with senior level individuals from the country’s political, government and business sectors. He is adept at conceptual thinking and strategic analysis. He has the ability to make considered decisions and provide sound counsel while adjusting to shifting priorities. He also has the special ability of being able to earn the trust, respect and loyalty of his colleagues and team members while getting the job done.

Derek is passionate about football and music and will go to great lengths to stay abreast of his interests, including traveling far distances to see and hear first hand.

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