Chris Froggatt - Partner
Chris Froggatt is a founding partner of Loyalist Public Affairs, a boutique government relations and strategic communications firm based in Ottawa and Toronto. Prior to founding Loyalist, Chris served as the Managing Partner for the Ottawa office of NATIONAL Public Relations for eight years. His talents include providing strategic counsel on a variety of complex public policy issues, developing practical and thoughtful communication strategies, and building and managing teams of professionals.
Chris has an impressive 24-year record of success in Ottawa and at the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park. Prior to joining NATIONAL, he served as Chief of Staff to the Honourable John Baird in a variety of departments including Treasury Board, Environment, and Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. Chris was also senior advisor to the Minister of Transportation and the Attorney General in Ontario and a senior advisor to Preston Manning when he was Leader of the Opposition.
During his time in the governments of Canada and Ontario, Chris led the development and effective execution of many challenging policy and communication strategies for various complex public policy files.
In 2018, Chris provided strategic counsel to Doug Ford during his successful bid for the leadership of the Ontario PC Party. He then went on to serve as Vice-Chair for the Ontario PC Party’s 2018 election campaign where the PCs won their first election in almost 20years and Doug Ford was elected Ontario’s 26th Premier. At the request of then Premier-elect Doug Ford, Chris led the Transition Team that helped shape the foundation for the new Government of Ontario.
Chris is a graduate of Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario where he received a degree in Political Science and History. For more than six years, he served as a member of the Steering Committee of the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management at Carleton University where, as a Fellow of the Program, he continues to lecture on the Canadian political process.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS), a member of the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC), a member of the Advisory Committee for the Salvation Army of the National Capital Region, and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Chris is also the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his commitment to his community and to Canada.
Dan Mader - Partner
Dan Mader is a founding partner of Loyalist Public Affairs, a boutique government relations and strategic communications firm based in Ottawa and Toronto. Prior to founding Loyalist, Dan served as a Senior Vice President NATIONAL Public Relations. He draws on his knowledge of policy, communications, and strategy to help Loyalist Public Affairs clients succeed in an increasingly regulated world where public opinion and the political process are critical.
Dan has a deep background in consulting and public affairs, including nearly six years working as a senior advisor to federal cabinet ministers. He led the development of policy in several departments including Environment, Transport, Infrastructure, and the Treasury Board and later served as Chief of Staff to the minister responsible for defence procurement.
Dan has been an Ontario PC party activist for almost 20 years. He served as Deputy Director of Communications on the party’s 2014 campaign and as a member of the scripting team on the 2018 campaign.
Dan began his career designing and developing enterprise software, then worked as a management consultant and as an executive at a technology company. Before joining NATIONAL, Dan worked as a Senior Consultant at a Toronto-based public affairs strategy consultancy.
Dan is an active volunteer with the Writer’s Trust of Canada, co-chairing the charity’s Ottawa dinner, Politics and the Pen. He also serves as President of the Ottawa Chapter of the Jewish National Fund of Canada as well as on the organization’s Board of Directors.
Dan has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and a Computer Science degree from the University of Waterloo.
Jill Wilson - Director
Jill Wilson joins Loyalist Public Affairs as a Director. Based in Toronto, Jill supports clients on a variety of initiatives including stakeholder and government relations, policy development, detailed research and communications support. With experience working with governments at the federal, provincial and municipal level, Jill effectively engages networks to execute strategies. Jill has built public affairs engagements on a wide range of issues across a number of sectors including municipal affairs, energy and environment, transportation, arts and culture and tech.
Jill joins Loyalist Public Affairs from a national government relations and strategic communications firm. Prior experience includes the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), where she was responsible for government relations and advocacy in Ontario. Before that, she worked for a number of cabinet ministers on Parliament Hill.
Jill holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from Carleton University.
NICHOLAS POZHKE - Director
Nicholas Pozhke joins Loyalist Public Affairs as a Director.
Based in Toronto, Nicholas supports clients on a variety of issues including stakeholder and government relations, policy development, detailed research, and communications support.
Nicholas joins Loyalist Public Affairs from a national industry advocacy group, the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) where he was the Lead, Security Portfolio. In this role he developed engagement strategies for key stakeholders in both government and the private sector.
In addition, Nicholas has five years of experience working as a Senior Advisor at the Government of Canada, as a Policy Advisor at Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada, and the Treasury Board of Canada.
He is also involved in politics, currently and in the past serving on Boards at both the provincial and federal levels.
Nicholas has deployed as an Official Electoral Observer with Canadian Electoral Observation Missions (CANEOM) to monitor the Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections and has served as a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Ottawa’s Security and Policy Institute.
Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Arts in Inter-disciplinary Studies, (focus on Urban Development & Real Estate Finance), from the University of Western Ontario.