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November 12, 2019

BlueSky Communications launches government relations & public affairs practice and promotes key talent

  • Dan O’Brien, former Deputy Chief of Staff to Andrea Horwath, to lead new service offering
  • Sarah Hall Turnbull promoted to Account Director

TORONTO, NOVEMBER 12, 2019 – BlueSky Communications Inc., a Toronto-based public relations and marketing agency that has been providing strategic communications programs to some of Canada’s most respected organizations for 17 years, announces today the promotion of key talent and the official launch of its public affairs and government relations (GR) service offering.

“As we experience our next level of growth, we are excited to promote high performing team members and expand our offerings allowing us to engage with clients in new ways,” said Cathy-Anne O’Brien, Principal of BlueSky Communications.

Dan O’Brien, who has more than 15 years of experience in both government relations and public affairs will head up the new offering in the role of Account Director. After providing consultant support to BlueSky in the cannabis and health care sectors over the past six months, O’Brien officially joins the BlueSky team to help build the agency’s integrated GR and public affairs offering. For the last five years O’Brien was Deputy Chief of Staff to Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, now the Leader of the Official Opposition at Queen’s Park. O’Brien’s strong knowledge in legislative and political affairs, key contacts at all levels of government and his keen understanding of politics will allow him to engage elected municipal councillors, MPPs and MPs in a meaningful way

In addition to the new service offering, Sarah Hall Turnbull has been promoted to the role of Account Director. In this capacity, Turnbull will set the strategic direction for clients by bringing the right resources to the table for each project to inspire creative thinking and create high impact results. In her 13 years with the agency, Turnbull has supported clients across a broad range of industries including banking, healthcare, law, consulting, education and consumer products. With a strategy-first approach, she seeks to bring creative and innovative ideas that will advance the business priorities of her clients.

“Our success and longevity in business is largely attributed to our talented and experienced team of seasoned communicators who, while dedicated and creative, bring a level of fun and energy to our day-to-day,” adds Julie McCarthy, Principal of BlueSky Communications.

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