About Us

Queen’s Park Briefing is the most comprehensive information service for monitoring political activity at Queen’s Park and throughout the province.

Our full-time team of reporters covers the nuts and bolts of the Ontario government – bills, policies, programs and committee meetings, as well as the key players in the civil service, MPPs, lobbyists, stakeholders and interest groups.

QP Briefing offers analysis and commentary from a wide range of experts.

Regular features include Seen, Heard and Happening, a roundup of developments at Queen’s Park and across Ontario, and People in the News.

QP Briefing is distributed to provincial and municipal politicians and bureaucrats as well as to stakeholders, professionals and business leaders.

The newsletter is an invaluable information tool and a dispassionate resource for members of the Ontario Public Service, government agencies, MPPs and all those who claiming a stake in provincial politics.

Our Team

Alexandria J. Shannon - Manager, Corporate Affairs and Government Relations

Alexandria comes to QP Briefing from a Corporate Affairs background in the private sector. A graduate of political science and international relations, Alexandria's roles in multi-national environments, facing strict government constraints, has prepared her to liaise with government decision makers and high level executives. Over seeing her team of reporters and analysts, Alexandria has helped QP Briefing grow in the areas of profitability, client relations and corporate affairs.

Contact: ashannon@qpbriefing.com

Jessica Smith Cross
Editor

A graduate from the University of Victoria, Jessica comes to QP Briefing from Metro's investigative bureau. Prior to leading the QP Briefing reporters as Editor, Jessica reported for the Canadian Press in their QP offices.

Contact: jscross@torstar.ca

Christopher Reynolds
Reporter

As a staff reporter for the Toronto Star, Chris joined QP Briefing having an already robust profile. Prior to his position in Toronto, Chris was a legislative reporter for the Whitehorse Star and a reporter for the Vancouver Star, Globe and Mail and CBC.

Contact: creynolds@qpbriefing.com

David Hains
Reporter

David comes to QP Briefing from the Metro News desk, having broken multiple stories using data driven filings. Prior to his position at Metro, David was the Editor-in-Chief for Torontoist where he managed over 50 freelancers. In 2015, David was nominated for "Best Digital Publication" at the NMA's. David's wealth of experience in political insider news makes him a welcome addition to the bureau.

Columnists

Omar Khan spent the last decade working at the highest levels of the Ontario government. Now at Hill+Knowlton as Vice-President, Public Affairs, Omar came from the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care’s office, where he served as chief of staff—providing counsel on emerging issues, strategic decisions and policy development. Omar also worked as chief of staff at the Office of the Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, and at the Office of the Minister of Government Services.

Rob Leone was the MPP for Cambridge from October 2011 to June 2014 and served as the Official Opposition Critic for Training, Colleges and Universities and Education. Rob is currently an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario in London, ON.  He teaches and researches on a number of topics related to Canadian politics, public policy and public administration at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels.

Deb Hutton  is a former senior adviser to premier Mike Harris. When she isn't being a stay-at-home mom to her two young daughters, she enjoys spending time doing communications and issues management consulting.

John Milloy is a former MPP and Ontario Liberal cabinet minister currently serving as the co-director of the Centre for Public Ethics and assistant professor of public ethics at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, and the inaugural practitioner in residence in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Political Science department. He is also a lecturer in the University of Waterloo’s Master of Public Service Program.  John can be reached at jmilloy@wlu.ca or follow him on Twitter @John_Milloy

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