Company: Masthead Public Affairs inc
— Bio —
In early 2012, Pierre Guimond established Masthead Public Affairs (MPA). He bringsexperience working with politicians and senior executives from the Canadian electricity industry, the federal public service and from other industry sectors. His active involvement in domestic and international industry networks adds depth and knowledge to MPA services.
Pierre Guimond is a past President of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) serving at a time when the electricity sector needed to be renewed and reinvigorated. The challenge was to focus public and government attention on replacing aging infrastructure. He achieved positive media recognition and success in moving the infrastructure issue forward.
Prior to joining CEA as President, he was Director Federal Government Liaison for Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG) and served as the company’s sole government relations resource in Ottawa. He did double duty while on loan to the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) where he coordinated regulatory activities and guided policy development initiatives aimed at improving the overall nuclear legislative and regulatory framework. As a spokesperson for the nuclear industry, he built public acceptance for nuclear power’s re-emergence as a viable option to meet energy needs.
Prior to joining OPG in 1999, Pierre was the Senior Advisor on Government Relations for the Canadian Electricity Association where he dealt with a range of policy issues within the federal sphere of jurisdiction that impact on the electric utility industry. Climate change was the dominant emerging issue at that time. As an internationally recognized expert on climate change policy, he was instrumental in guiding and positioning the industry before and after the Kyoto Protocol.
Before joining CEA in November 1991 from the federal department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (now Industry Canada), he managed the department’s Grants and Contributions Program for non-profit consumer organizations and provided guidance and expertise on how government can support and enhance the role of non-governmental organizations protecting the consumer interest. He was also responsible for implementing a regulatory program in the area of consumer protection.
Prior to joining the Public Service of Canada in 1984, he worked on Parliament Hill as Executive Assistant and political advisor to a number of federal cabinet ministers. He was also the Executive Assistant to the Speaker of the House of Commons, the late Honourable James Jerome, in 1979 during the Clark government.
Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, he has lived in the National Capital Region for over thirty years. He holds an B.A. in Political Science (Honours) from Carleton University.