For close to 20 years, Ian has been advising senior leaders from the worlds of business, finance, government, and other global sectors on how to respond to unique and unforeseen challenges, while strategically positioning them to emerge stronger. After establishing Kingsdale’s communications division as the leading proxy fight PR specialist, handling more contested situations than any other PR firm since 2014, Ian assumed the role of President, Canada with a focus on providing superior service and outstanding strategic advice to public company boards and management, especially in times of adversity.
Ian’s select transaction and special situation experience at Kingsdale includes acting for: Canadian Oil Sands in defence against a hostile bid from Suncor; CanniMed Therapeutics in its defence against Aurora Cannabis in the first hostile bid in the cannabis sector; Detour Gold in defence against Paulson & Co.; Methanex Corporation in defence against M&G Investments; PointNorth in their action against Liquor Stores; Sprott Asset Management in its $1 billion hostile bid for Central GoldTrust; Pacific Rubiales in a transaction contested by shareholder O’Hara Administration; and Oxford Park in its campaign at Extendicare. He is regularly quoted by national and international financial media, has appeared on BNN-Bloomberg, and is a regular contributor to The Globe and Mail.
Ian was named one of M&A Advisor’s Top 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders, the only Canadian in his award category on the list of U.S. award winners, recognizing his expertise in communication strategy and crisis management. Prior to joining Kingsdale, Ian spent over a decade in politics having served as a Chief of Staff and Campaign Manager for a major political party.
He has extensive experience managing controversial issues and high-profile negotiations and navigating complex, highly regulated stakeholder and legal environments including working for an international development agency with operations in Africa, Asia, and South America and developing crisis response strategies for the Ontario Government during the 2003 North American blackout and SARS emergency. Ian holds an Honours B.A. from The University of Western Ontario.