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TACTIX is a strategic advisor to leading Canadian and Fortune 500 companies. Since 1996, TACTIX’ highly skilled professionals have created innovative solutions to complex government relations threats and opportunities, helping clients achieve their business objectives and deliver results for shareholders. TACTIX’ professionals know how governments make decisions. We know how those decisions are shaped and influenced. We also understand the constraints and opportunities presented when government charts a course of action. Corporate clients and industry associations count on TACTIX’ team of seasoned professionals to help them navigate through Canada’s complex political and public affairs landscape – to get the decisions they need to succeed.



Our exceptional insight into government decision-making enables clients to eliminate barriers and successfully navigate challenging political landscapes.

TACTIX works as an extension of our client’s team, positioning them for long-term success through discreet advocacy.


From opportunity identification, capture plan development, proposal reviews, contract negotiation and dispute resolution, we position our government procurement clients for success.

TACTIX ensures that our clients’ innovative business solution stands out from the crowd.


From food ingredients to pesticides and chemistries, from triclosan to Bisphenol-A, we defend those technologies that are proven safe by science yet remain controversial.

TACTIX has a winning track record protecting clients’ market position on challenging mandates.


HOWARD MAINS wins regulatory victories. Howard has been leading public affairs strategies for 30 years, ranging from grassroots lobbying to industry-wide advocacy efforts. Prior to joining TACTIX, he served on the staff of a federal cabinet minister, before joining Burson-Marsteller.

Howard holds a degree in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University and an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University.

ALAIN MADGIN is an undisputed specialist in government relations and public affairs. Alain has 30 years’ experience as a government relations and public affairs professional in Quebec and Eastern Canada.

Alain brings a decade of in-house experience – at SmithKline Beecham, Solvay, AstraZeneca and McKesson – to clients in the life sciences sector, as well as representing major industrial groups and organizations’ environmental interests.

Alain served as President of the Quebec Brewers Association and holds a law degree from Laval University.

NIC RUSZKOWSKI turns risk into opportunity.

Through a career in consulting – advising North American, Caribbean, and European political and business leaders – and corporate leadership, he has resolved high risk situations in a manner that strengthens the organizations he serves. Notable achievements include:

Nic led the Ottawa Senators, Publicis Consultants (Paris) and FleishmanHillard (Ottawa) prior to joining TACTIX.