Street signs pictured in Wawa, Ontario in 2015. (Matthew Usherwood/iPolitics)
Veteran provincial staffer Brooke Crewson has joined Crestview Strategies.
Over the last decade, Crewson held several senior leadership roles at Queen’s Park, including serving as a regional adviser to former premier, Kathleen Wynne.
While her first hands-on political job was a volunteer gig on the byelection campaign of a local Liberal candidate, she noted that her inspiration for politics as a teenager also came from her upbringing as the daughter of a municipal councillor and a small business owner.
“With community service-oriented and entrepreneurial parents, growing up, I was taught the importance of making a difference in your community one act at a time.”
Later, she joined Queen’s Park as an intern, eventually moving up to a managerial position at the ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
From 2012 to 2014, she worked as an office manager at Ontario Liberal Party headquarters in Toronto, where she spearheaded the day-to-day functions of the party and played a crucial role in the 2013 leadership race, which, she noted in an email to iPolitics, was a unique experience.
While a typical leadership campaign can run for up to a year, the Ontario Liberals ran a condensed race that lasted only three months, and ended with the election of Kathleen Wynne, Ontario’s first female premier.
Crewson also worked as an assistant and operations manager to former MPP, Chris Ballard.
“I am continuously driven to make positive change whether that be through resolving a local issue for a constituent, delivering life-changing programs to Ontarians such as the Fair Housing Plan and the Basic Income Pilot, or most recently helping clients navigate a complex bureaucracy,” she told iPolitics.
She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration at Ryerson University and has worked for the university’s Diversity Institute since 2019.
Meanwhile, former Conservative staffer Andrew Sennyah has been promoted to a senior position with Counsel Public Affairs’ growing Western Canada practice.
Sennyah got his start in politics as a summer intern at the office of then-defence minister, Jason Kenney, who also held the multiculturalism portfolio.
In 2017, he joined the Calgary offices of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business as a public policy intern before signing on as an outreach coordinator with the United Conservative Party caucus, and later served as assistant to Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon.
Last September, he made the move to Counsel. He also worked on the most recent Conservative campaign, where he handled tour and advance logistics.
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