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Stosic & Associates2018-07-06T16:56:03+00:00

S&A doesn’t just open doors.

We’re a hands-on, boutique government relations firm that works closely with leaders and influencers inside government, businesses, and associations to build relationships, mobilize coalitions, and help shape the policy landscape.

Deep experience, expertise, and ties to industry, government, and key stakeholder groups help us open the right doors… get seats at the right tables… and put the right people together for the right conversations at the right time.

By bringing business, policy, and advocacy together, we help make a real difference for our clients, across the country and around the world.

Clients who trust us

Our Work

Building alliances, shaping policy outcomes proactively, and executing strategically isn’t just what we do – it’s who we are.

From sectoral transformation to regulatory change, infrastructure investments, policy development, and market strategy, we’re in it to make a difference — not just for our clients, but for our communities.

We’re innovators… coalition-builders… strategists… and advisors whose integrity has earned the trust of leaders and changemakers across Canada and the world. It’s a privilege – and a responsibility – we take seriously.

We work with Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, NGOs, VCs and others across sectors including Financial Tech, Health/Life Sciences, the Shared/Mobile Economy, Alcohol, Cannabis, and Sports and Entertainment.

We help them manage the issues of the day effectively, develop and execute long-term plans for strategic impact and influence, and shape or reshape policy, legislative, and regulatory environments.

Politics, like business, moves at the speed of trust.
We help you move faster.

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S&A Success Story: SABMiller

Making a Difference

In 2014, international brewing giant SABMiller opened its Canadian office on the cusp of massive transformation in alcohol distribution and sales in Ontario.

Exposing opportunities and risks in this period, Stosic & Associates devised a strategy to influence the future of beer distribution in the province that leveraged SABMiller’s global perspective on best practices and its unique lack of vested interest in the status quo.

S&A forged key relationships for SABMC with political leaders and decision-makers inside Queen’s Park, the Alcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario, and Parliament Hill. With our expertise in legislative and regulatory dynamics and mechanics, and strong relationships with pivotal stakeholders, we also built powerful strategic alliances in support of key policy proposals.

As a result, we won significant provisions in the new alcohol legislation and regulatory framework that directly benefit both SABMC’s bottom line and Ontario consumers. These include changes at the LCBO, The Beer Store, and the new grocery channel that safeguards and improves supply chain efficiency, display visibility, and shelf space.

Highlights

  • Positioned newly-arrived international player to effectively influence transformation of Ontario’s alcohol distribution and sales regime

  • Built tactical alliances with pivotal actors to achieve key policy goals

  • Secured key legislative and regulatory changes to Ontario’s Liquor License Act, directly benefitting both our client and consumers

“Stosic & Associates used their deep connections and knowledge of the political and regulatory landscape to get us a seat at the table with all the right players. They made it possible not only for our voice to be heard, but helped us influence some very important decisions.”

Paul Verdu, President, SABMiller Canada

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S&A Success Story: Andrew Peller Limited

Making a Difference

As Canada’s largest premium and ultra-premium wine producer, APL diversified into the craft spirits category with the launch of Gretzky Canadian Whiskey across several Canadian provinces.

With high demand for the new Gretzky product in the LCBO, coupled with the wish by other liquor control boards to synchronize an October launch date, Peller needed to meet large construction and manufacturing costs under very tight deadlines.

Meeting such timelines, demand, and the creation of new highly skilled jobs behind the operation would not be possible without Ontario government support.

Highlights

  • Identified pivotal decision-makers and influencers inside Queen’s Park central to Peller’s expanding business
  • Leveraged long-term relationships for Peller inside political and bureaucrat offices
  • Rounded out a narrative that matched Peller’s goals with those of government to successfully win government financial support

“Stosic & Associates leveraged its deep experience and know-how of the mechanics and dynamics of Queen’s Park decision-making, crafted a narrative and submission that met the needs of government, and engaged us in conversations with a wide array of actors across ministries and inside the Premier’s Office critical to Gretzky project success”

Greg Berti, Vice President, Global Markets, Andrew Peller Limited

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About Stosic & Associates

Stosic & Associates is one of Canada’s leading independent government advocacy and strategic communications firms, with a 20-year track record of delivering on strategic policy and business objectives in the private, public, and NGO sectors.

We’ve represented big and small organizations, from Fortune 100 companies to local non-profits, across a wide range of industries, including Financial Tech, Health/Life Sciences, the Shared/Mobile Economy, Alcohol, Cannabis, and Sports and Entertainment.

We deliver real results for our clients by working effectively inside and outside government channels.

We understand the stakeholder map across sectors. And have trusted relationships with pivotal actors and power brokers, enabling us to bridge both divergent and complementary interests and mobilize coalitions of support around key common policy points.

Our boutique services are hands-on and fully customized to each client’s unique circumstances, objectives, and desired positioning.

Services

Government Relations & Advocacy

We help our clients engage with and navigate government.

With access to unmatched insight and intelligence and relationships built on trust, we connect the dots, develop innovative policy solutions, find alignment, and move projects over the finish line — from sector modernization and transformation to market access and product listing agreements.

Strategic Communications

The right narrative, communicated in the right way, at the right time, is essential for effective advocacy and influence.

Our Strategic Communications services help organizations of all types develop messages that speak to government, establish trust with key officials and politicians, and invite alignment around common policy goals.

Grassroots Mobilization

The most effective government relations initiatives are those that work channels both inside and outside of government.

We help clients map and track strategic influencers and power brokers, and leverage relationships with pivotal thought leaders to activate, engage, and align stakeholders on specific, mutually-beneficial policy proposals.

Engage with and navigate government effectively, across the country and around the world.

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Leadership

Aleksandar Stosic, President & CEO

Aleks is an innovator who leverages top-tier political and influencer relationships and insider policy know-how to build support behind strategic policy and business initiatives in Canada and abroad.

After working in the Privy Council Office in Ottawa, where he identified key pressure-points for the Federal Government’s cluster development agenda and collaborated across departments to develop strategies around Economic Development, North American integration, and International Trade, Aleks moved to the private sector, taking on several international roles.

As head of Stakeholder Relations for infrastructure and natural resource development firm, ISF, he lobbied high-ranking government officials and supply chain stakeholders in the Nigerian, Libyan, and Algerian crude oil industries, winning access to prime drilling locations, including the Niger Delta, and securing funding for large development projects in the North Sea. He also built support for ISF’s regional presence by developing initiatives that benefited local communities.

Returning to Canada in 2010, Aleks took on a senior advocacy position with the Toronto Region Board of Trade, where he was an integral part of a campaign to win public and government support for revenue tools to fund transit expansion.

He was subsequently invited by the Ontario Premier’s Office to serve as Executive Director to the Minister of Economic Development, Infrastructure, and Trade. While at Queen’s Park, Aleks ushered in new growth strategies for several key Ontario sectors including food and beverage, advanced manufacturing, and health sciences. He also led the safe passage of the Partnerships for Jobs and Growth Act and Better Business Climate Act.

Learn more about Aleks (LinkedIn) and his unique style in this exclusive interview below.

Rebecca Grundy, Vice President, Ontario

Having served as a key advisor to multiple Leaders of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party, and with three years consulting experience, Rebecca leads the Ontario government relations practice at Stosic & Associates as Vice President, Ontario.

Rebecca brings to the role a unique background that features considerable accomplishments in both the political and private sector spheres.

Rebecca has been an important part of the Ontario PC Party since having been first involved in 2010. She was a proud component of the 2018 campaign that elected the first PC majority in almost 20 years. At Queen’s Park she held multiple roles including as a senior advisor to several PC MPPs, and as the Director of Caucus Relations and Tour for the Official Leader of the Opposition. She has served as Campaign Manager for Hon. Caroline Mulroney in her local riding and then as her Principal Secretary in the 2018 Leadership Campaign. Her political experience also includes having served as Hon. Christine Elliott’s Regional Organizer during her bid for the 2014 leadership. In each of these roles, Rebecca was successful in facilitating strong grassroots relationships, alliances across party lines, respect amongst senior government officials, and widespread appreciation from the broader stakeholder community.

Rebecca has become a sought-after advisor to many private sector organizations over her years as government relations consultant. Combining her business acumen, her political relationships and her government experience, Rebecca has leveraged her abilities to achieve measurable success for clients over the years by helping them expedite favourable legislative, regulatory and policy changes.

Rebecca holds a BA in Political Science from Brock University, as well as an Honours Postgraduate Certificate in Corporate Communications and Public Relations from Centennial College. Rebecca grew up in Tillsonburg, Ontario and is a synchronized swimmer for the Toronto Synchro Club.

Henry Boyd, MBA, Principal

Henry brings over 15 years public and private sector experience to his role as Principal at Stosic & Associates. From 2008 to 2017 Henry was a senior business consultant, helping organizations — from large publicly traded global manufacturers to not-for-profits and emerging innovative small businesses — position themselves in the public and within their respective industries for accelerated growth and success.

Within the public sector, Henry has supported a former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, a former federal Minister of Finance, a former Premier of Ontario and two former provincial Ministers of Economic Development. Through this experience, and in developing a sound knowledge of how government works at both the federal and provincial levels, Henry has successfully helped many organizations expedite favourable legislative, regulatory, policy and program decisions throughout his career.

While possessing a broad skill-set, Henry has had particular success in securing public funding through competitive programs for various organizations. Complementing this specialization, Henry has led foreign investment missions on behalf of private sector companies and continues to provide advice to various foreign-based and domestic organizations on successful market-entry strategies.
Henry is an active volunteer, and holds board and committee positions with the Canadian Advocacy Network, the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Mealshare, and with a number of early-stage technology companies and start-ups in Toronto.

Henry is a native of Ottawa, and has an MBA from the Smith School of Business (formerly the Queen’s School of Business).

Derrick Araneda, Senior Advisor

Over the past 15 years, Derrick has held various senior management roles in Asia, Europe and North America in both the private and public sectors. Most recently, Derrick served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Health & Long-Term Care of Ontario from 2016-2018. As the Minister’s most senior advisor, Derrick has a strong background in policy development, implementation and communications strategies. He has a strong grasp on how decisions are made, how budgetary processes work and how legislation moves forward.

Prior to his role as Chief of Staff from 2014-2016, Derrick also worked as Director of Stakeholder Relations & Senior Policy Advisor in both the Minister of Health & Long-Term Care and the Minister of Economic Development, Trade & Employment’s offices. Prior to these roles he spent several years at the Toronto Region Board of Trade working in a stakeholder relations role. Through all of these roles he has developed a strong understanding of how to effectively work with elected officials, the bureaucracy as well as a wide range of interest groups to impact change.

In addition to his public service roles from 2003 to 2012, Derrick worked in both Japan and Spain for high-growth start-ups in the education & technology spaces. He held senior management roles in Sales, Business Development and Operations. He is keenly aware of how business works and the pressures that business executives face in protecting and growing their revenues.

Derrick holds a BA in Political Science from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver where he grew up. He also holds a MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain where he graduated with honors – Beta Gamma Sigma.

Alexandra Adamo, Associate

Alexandra joins Stosic & Associates after having achieved considerable recognition within the Ontario PC Party Fund as a manager on the lead team for Business Development and Stakeholder Relations during the 2018 Provincial Campaign.

Prior to being recruited by the Party’s senior executive, Alexandra held a number of roles with local PC campaigns, including as the Director of Youth Engagement and Strategy for the campaign that successfully elected a PC MPP in the riding of King-Vaughan. In this role, she was influential in developing and executing the marketing and voter engagement plan to secure the support needed from the various target demographics, including the coveted “millennial” segment.

In the private sector, Alexandra was the Director of Investor and Government Relations to a fast growing cannabis venture. In this role Alexandra was critical to the financial health of the business as she was instrumental in attracting capital from private equity firms, high net-worth individuals and institutional investors. Her government relations work included crafting applications to Health Canada, developing SOPs, and ensuring the business had the public sector relationships necessary for it to achieve its growth potential.

Alexandra has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Criminology from Western University. She served on the University Students’ Council as the elected Student Programs Officer and Executive Director of the Peer Support Centre and represented the voice of 30,000 students to help spearhead a funding partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association to provide on-campus mental health support for students. This new program became the gold standard for university and college campuses looking to create healthy inclusive environments for their students.

“Ivey has relied on Stosic & Associates to strategically enhance our long-standing relationships with critical influencers on the inside of government and select power brokers on the outside of government. S&A has consistently delivered results for Ivey through the cultivation of important opportunities to develop our brand and build a solid foundation for our long term success.”
– Dave Barrett, Executive Director, Ivey Business School

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