Mike Chopowick, CAE

Mike Chopowick

Director of Policy & Communications, Ontario Waste Management Association

Mike Chopowick, CAE, is Director of Policy & Communications at the Ontario Waste Management Association and previously Acting Executive Director of the Ontario Racing Association, and also served as Vice President of Government Relations with the Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario, and Policy Advisor to the Toronto Board of Trade. Mike brings practical policy and legislative development experience to the association world, having served as Policy Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Finance on two provincial Budgets, and Policy Chair of a major Ontario political party over two election campaigns. In association government relations, Mike has been on both sides of the table, with real experience on what works and what doesn't.

Reboot Your Government Relations Strategy for 2020 and Beyond

Thursday, October 25
Time: 4 PM to 5:15 PM

Is Your Association Still "Lobbying" Like it's 1999? When is the last time your association had a lobbying "win"? Is your government relations strategy stuck using out-dated tactics such as "lobby days" and thirty-minute meetings with Cabinet Ministers to pitch your wish list? This presentation will teach you how to revitalize your government relations strategy, separate lobbying from advocacy, and transform your association from a tired-sounding advocacy group, to an innovative and trusted policy development partner of municipal, provincial and federal governments. You’ll also learn that the most effective government relations tactic of all has nothing to do with lobbying, and how to demonstrate the success and value of a modern government relations strategy to your members.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover the ten biggest mistakes associations make in their lobbying and government relations efforts
  • Explore the most important advocacy and government relations tactics Discuss how to achieve meaningful policy and legislative change that benefits your members


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