Based in Toronto, Canada, Solstice Public Affairs President Stewart Kiff and Partner Craig Brockwell combine their many years of government relations experience with a network of strategic partners across Ontario to bring concrete results to clients.
Stewart Kiff is a strategic adviser to corporations, associations and professionals. He regularly advises his clients on important social, legal, economic and government questions.
Appreciated for his insightful advice, and with a rich store of experience acquired in politics and the media, Stewart is an astute strategic advisor to corporations, associations and professionals.
With nearly three decades of direct working experience in Ontario public affairs, Stewart previously worked as a daily newspaper reporter.
This combined experience enables Stewart to deliver tactical and strategic counsel in a meaningful and succinct manner.
Stewart's educational background is also in public affairs. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political studies from Queen's University and a Master of Arts degree in political science from the University of Ottawa. He has also studied internationally at the Université de Strasbourg in France. Stewart is fluent in English and French, and has studied Spanish.
Stewart is a founding board member of the Economic Club of Canada. He sits on the advisory board for Lynx Equity Limited, a Toronto based private equity firm and one of the fastest growing companies in Canada. He has been an active volunteer with the Toronto Métis community and with numerous political campaigns. He is known for his volunteer work and fundraising on behalf of leading figures in Ontario politics.
Stewart regularly writes and speaks about public affairs. His articles have been published in daily newspapers such as The Ottawa Citizen and Le Droit d’Ottawa and weeklies such as L’Express de Toronto. He is married and is the father of three children.
Craig Brockwell is a veteran politician with experience in developing and delivering workshops, writing briefs, delivering strategic plans and organizing major conferences on practical political action that achieves results since 1990.
Presently Craig serves as the Vice President, South Central for the Ontario Liberal Party.
On a personal level, Craig has never lost an election while running for either union or political party positions.
Craig is easily the most recognizable non-elected face at Queen’s Park. Previously, he served as the eyes and ears of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) at Queen’s Park. During this time, he worked regularly with many other unions on issues at all three levels of government as a member of several committees.
In recognition of his efforts on behalf of OSSTF, Craig was awarded the Wendell Fulton Award, one of the most prestigious awards offered by OSSTF. It is presented annually to the individual who demonstrates success, longevity and determination in political affairs and is named after OSSTF’s first government relations director, Wendell Fulton.
Craig has extensive experience in developing and delivering workshops, writing briefs, delivering strategic plans and organizing major conferences on practical political action. Craig’s “Queens Park Days” have regularly involved more than two-thirds of the elected members at the Ontario Legislature. Some political commentators have noted it isn’t a successful fundraiser unless Craig attends.
Prior to getting involved in advocacy work, Craig taught Secondary School Carpentry, Architectural Drafting, Offset Printing and Art and served as the elected president of his teachers’ local. Craig has extensive work experience in both the hotel and construction industries including working at all levels in the hotel industry and as a carpenter.
As well as English, Craig speaks French, Italian and Spanish. Craig is married, a father of two young men and recently built his own straw bale house with his sons and family.
Karen Woods is a Senior Associate at Solstice Public Affairs. She contributes to business development and stakeholder engagement, advising clients on government relations, politics, public relations and strategic planning.
A graduate in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Karen has worked for corporations like Microsoft and Bell Media (serving CTV, CP24). Her training in engineering combined with her knowledge of politics gives her a unique perspective and enables her to deliver excellent client service.
Karen brings a wide range of experiences to Solstice. While employed at Bell Media, she served on her local union’s executive, working on grievance, arbitration and other labour-related issues. She was one of the chief negotiators for renewing a collective bargaining agreement.
Having worked on several successful election campaigns, Karen has become a well-known opinion leader and an effective political organizer in the GTA's Chinese community. She writes for the Huffington Post and also publishes a weekly column in two of the most influential and popular Chinese newspapers in the GTA. She is a regular political panel guest on Cable 10 news and a frequent guest on CBC’s Radio Canada International.
Karen is known for her volunteer work in the community. She namely serves on the board of the Ontario Autism Coalition and is the vice chair of the National Education Society. She is also a member of the Education Policy Advisory Committee for a major political party in Ontario.
Karen speaks and writes English and Chinese fluently. She is an avid salsa dancer.
Jean-Guy Fréchette is Senior Associate at Solstice Public Affairs. Jean-Guy brings fifteen years of experience to our clients to achieve results and influence the public policies that affect them.
Having worked for the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, and as a public servant in leadership positions in both ministries of learning, Jean-Guy joined Solstice from the Indigenous Institutes Consortium where he was the Executive Director. Prior to that, he served as associate director of government relations for Algonquin College in Ottawa.
His accomplishments in public policy are numerous. In particular, Jean-Guy played a key role in the development and implementation of the very first law in the country that recognizes a post-secondary education system by and for Aboriginal communities. In the Ministry of Education, he was responsible for the largest capital funding program for French-language schools in Ontario. In the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Jean-Guy was the manager of the Aboriginal Education Office and for the team responsible for the development of Employment Ontario programs and skilled trades apprenticeship programs.
Originally from North Bay, Jean-Guy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Semiotics and Communications and a Master of Education, both from the University of Toronto. He received the Amethyst Award from the Secretary of Cabinet for excellence in public service. In his community, Jean-Guy was named Citizen of the Year at the North Bay Winter Carnival, served as Vice-President of ACFO Nipissing and as a representative on the FESFO Council of Representatives. He currently lives with his family in beautiful rural West-Ottawa.
Greg is an experienced senior-level policy and issues management specialist with over a decade of experience in provincial politics.
Most recently, Greg served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Premier of Ontario, acting as the lead advisor on transportation, environment and municipal planning policy. In this role, Greg worked directly with C Suite executives, First Nations, mayors, environmental non-governmental organizations and a host of other interest groups, to develop and implement policy and to help stakeholders navigate the complexities of government. Greg advised the Premier on key files such as the budget process, growth plans, housing affordability, regional express rail, public transit and the environmental assessment
Prior to his time in the Premier’s Office, Greg served as Senior Policy Advisor to Ministers of Transportation and Environment, where he was responsible for overseeing highway infrastructure projects and environmental assessments ranging from mining to industrial air emissions to renewable energy, as well as rolling out Ontario’s first public electric vehicle charging network.
In addition to his policy experience, Greg has worked as a Legislative Advisor and Issues Manager. In this capacity, he built his knowledge of Queen’s Park’s legislative system and honed his skill for identifying and mitigating emerging issues in the media and political landscape.
Greg has also served on a number of election campaigns, working in roles ranging from platform development to communications and debate preparation. Outside of work, Greg is a new father, avid traveler, untidy cook and collector of vinyl records.
Greg will be a strong addition to Solstice Public Affairs and someone who we believe can
serve the needs of a diverse client base in the coming years.
Serge Mukendi is a lawyer based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo specializing in International Business Law.
For the last 15 years, he has worked as a consultant with the Congo government. And he has worked with many governmental NGO’s and agencies specialized in working in Central Africa.
A lawyer, Serge is known for his high-quality representation and client service. He is superb at helping clients realize their business ideas. And he is known for providing excellent representation before various legal and judicial institutions.
After completing his studies in law at the University of Sherbrooke in Canada, Serge obtained a Master's In Law from the Université central de Kinshasa and a diploma in International Business from the O'Sullivan College in Montreal.
Robert is a Senior Associate at Solstice Public Affairs, where he contributes communications and public opinion strategies, stakeholder engagement and public consultation consulting as well as consumer & market research.
He is one of Canada’s leading experts in managing public opinion, communications strategy and public affairs. His main practice areas are in community consultation and engagement, public opinion polling, and online & traditional communications. His clients have included major developers, municipalities, NGO’s and NFP’s and major corporations. His techniques and depth of expertise make him a valuable addition to our Strategic Advisors team. He is a trusted advisor across platforms, a strong business developer, with a history of success stories for clients.
On the political and government side, Robert has been at the senior leadership level on numerous political campaigns – national, provincial, municipal and party leadership – including the winning 2014 Ontario Liberal campaign and the winning 2014 Toronto mayoralty campaign. Respected on both sides of the room, bring deep knowledge of the voter together with strong communications strategy to develop a winning strategy. Robert is a pioneer in applying consumer research techniques to the public affairs arena.
With more than 25 years experience in various administrative roles including law, property management, construction and relocation services, Liz brings a wealth of knowledge to our team. Her volunteer activities include collecting donations for multiple sclerosis, working with Toronto’s Woodgreen Centre and chairing her condominium Board.
Liz coordinates all enquiries and activity in English, liaising with clients, political staff and suppliers.
Having a French-speaking assistant is a must for Solstice Public Affairs. Jasmine fills that role in our firm. With extensive experience in the administrative field, human resources and as a Web marketer, she answers all our inquiries in French and coordinates our Web presence.
Jasmine also served for five years as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces; her diplomacy, discipline and organizational skills serve our team well.