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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Stelmach announces new communications director

Last month the Western Standard reported in a post entitled "Paul Stanway, media independence and the Wildrose Alliance" that one-time Edmonton Sun publisher Paul Stanway had announced his resignation as director of communications for Premier Ed Stelmach.

Yesterday we learned that the Premier's new communications director is Cam Hantiuk.

“I’m very pleased to have Cam lead my communications team,” said Premier Stelmach. “He has an excellent background in strategic communications planning, and I have full confidence in his ability to ensure our message is reaching Albertans.”

According to a government press release, Hantiuk has an extensive communications background in both the public and private sectors. In 1991, he worked with the provincial department of Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs on files including constitutional reform, the Free Trade Agreement and the North American Free Trade Agreement. From 1993 to 1997, he worked with Alberta Environment on communications projects including Special Places.

He served as the Executive Assistant to former Environment Minister Ty Lund in 1997 and 1998. After leaving the minister’s office, he did further communications work for Alberta Environment, including the branding strategy for Alberta’s provincial parks.

Since leaving government, Hantiuk worked in the pharmaceutical industry and since 2004, served as the Director of Public Affairs for the western Canadian office of Waste Management of Canada Corp.

Hantiuk will be plying his trade against Shawn Howard, Director of Communications for Danielle Smith, leader of the Wildrose Alliance; Brookes Merritt, Director of Communications for the Alberta NDP Opposition Caucus; and Neil Mackie, Director of Communications for the Alberta Liberal Caucus.

Posted by Matthew Johnston

Posted by westernstandard on January 12, 2010 | Permalink


Do we still think, especially in this country, of the pharmaceutical industry as being "private sector"?

Political communications in this province is abysmally weak across the board. Doesn't appear that much will change.

Posted by: JC | 2010-01-13 9:41:51 PM

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