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.
Effectively delivering your organization’s message to government is mission critical. In today’s world of 280 character policy announcements, advocacy is rapidly evolving. More vital than ever before is the need to base campaigns on solid research and sound judgment.
Clients turn to TACTIX for strategic guidance on complex government procurement projects. With decades of experience, it is part of our DNA. Our seasoned team of advisors acquired and honed their procurement skills in the departments that matter.
Government regulators and regulated companies are confronted equally with the challenge of communicating the risk associated with the safe use of chemicals, pesticides and advanced technologies such as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). There is often a sharp contrast between risk perception and reality, and at times the risk is magnified by opponents to the technology.
HOWARD MAINS has more than 30 years of combined public service, business and consulting experience, affording him the distinctive ability to implement highly effective government relations strategies for private sector clients.
His experience includes directing or leading a variety of public affairs strategies – ranging from grassroots lobbying, to industry-wide advocacy efforts, to government relations campaigns that build awareness and support for client issues. Prior to joining Tactix in 1998, Howard was a member of the environmental and public affairs practice groups of Burson-Marsteller and National Public Relations. From 1985 to 1989, he served on the staff of Hon. Paul Dick, Minister of Public Works and Government Services.
Howard’s efforts on behalf of his clients invariably result in legislative, policy or regulatory change aligned with their corporate objectives. He offers strategic counsel to a diverse range of Canadian and international companies on all facets of agriculture, health and environment public affairs challenges as well as the complex fields of government procurement and government support for major research and development programs. In this era of heightened environmental awareness and public interest, Howard has developed and implemented several successful product defence strategies.
In addition to earning an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, Howard holds a B.Sc. from Cornell University and is a graduate of Kemptville College of Agricultural Technology. In addition to being active in community affairs and Conservative politics, Howard has been recognized by his peers with the honour of the Ivey Alumni Award for his service to the Richard Ivey School of Business over several years.
ALAN YOUNG practiced corporate law with Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt throughout the 1980s and 1990s. During that time, he also accepted outside positions in the Government of Ontario as Executive Assistant to the Chairman of Management Board and Minister of Financial Institutions, the Financial Sector Policy Branch of the federal Department of Finance, and a major Ottawa government relations consulting company.
In 1996, Alan became Vice President, Policy with the Canadian Bankers Association where he was responsible for a wide range of public policy issues, including revisions to the Bank Act and other federal financial institutions legislation, consumer affairs, small business, insurance, international trade, financial planning and federal-provincial issues.
Alan joined Tactix in 2001 and built a substantial practice with clients in the financial services and information technology sectors. In January 2004, he left to serve as Chief of Staff to the Hon. Reg Alcock, President of the Treasury Board, Minister Responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board and Political Minister for Manitoba. In this role, he was engaged in numerous major initiatives, including strengthening public sector management, expenditure review and Smart Regulation.
Alan re-joined Tactix in September 2005. Then in 2006, he volunteered as the Director of Policy and Platform for the Hon. Ken Dryden’s campaign to lead the Liberal Party of Canada. Alan’s diverse experience in government, the Liberal Party, law, business and consulting provides clients with a rare strength of vision and judgment.
Alan holds a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School, an Honours B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University and a B.Ed. from Brock University. He has lectured at the University of Toronto Law School and the Bar Admission Course of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Alan is a Director of the Government Relations Institute of Canada and a Member of the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy.
STEVEN C. DOVER has managed the government relations needs of a wide range of clients for over 30 years. His work has primarily covered representation and advocacy for international businesses, industry associations and various coalitions with Canadian interests, as well as for several foreign governments in their dealings with Canada.
Clients have benefited from Steven’s expertise in international trade, procurement, customs, security, finance, taxation policy, health as well as infrastructure and construction. Moreover, he has extensive experience and knowledge in these areas at the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government. He is highly skilled in helping his clients develop relationships with key government stakeholders based on mutual interests and priorities, as well as uncovering opportunities for business development.
Throughout his career, Steven has cultivated a growing network of partners and affiliates, including international associations, lobby groups and government representatives in the U.S., South America and Asia. Utilizing these international networks of trusted government relations and public affairs professionals, Steven identified and advanced new business opportunities for clients with development and trade interests abroad.
Steven’s knowledge and expertise has been sought after by foreign governments who have had difficulty moving their agendas forward. His successes working for international governments include: developing a sound governance program for Vietnam; working with the former President of Costa Rica to develop a free trade agreement with Canada; and working with Taiwan’s Ottawa-based offices to enhance their position with Canada’s Members of Parliament by facilitating cultural and parliamentary exchanges, discussions to enhance trade talks with Canada, and obtaining diplomatic license plates for travel in Canada.
Steven’s international business practices have led to his serving as a Member of the Board and Executive Committee of TAG, Chair of the Global Strategies Group and as an Associate Member of the American Bar Association.
Steven is a former Chief of Staff to a federal Cabinet Minister, serving in two ministerial portfolios. Complex files such as the Winter Olympic Games, trade relationships and customs practices came under his purview.
As a guest speaker at AGMs and events in the non-profit sector, Steven makes time to support many worthwhile causes he has gotten to know throughout his career by delivering lectures and workshops on current government relations topics.