About Us

Queen’s Park Briefing is the most comprehensive intelligence 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 In Brief, a roundup of developments at Queen’s Park and across Ontario, People on the Move and 'Who's Lobbying for Who'.

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
Director, 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 (Currently On Mat Leave) 

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

David Hains
Acting Editor 

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.

Contact: dhains@qpbriefing.com

Sneh Duggal 
Reporter

A graduate of Carleton University's journalism program, Sneh formerly covered Canadian foreign policy and diplomacy as a staff reporter with Embassy in Ottawa and as a freelancer in Toronto. She has reported for several other publications including The Hill Times, Ottawa Citizen, Edmonton Journal and Metro (now StarMetro). Her early journalism stints took her to Rwanda as a radio reporter and Hawaii as a print journalist, while her communications work has taken her to Washington, D.C. and India.

Contact: sduggal@torstar.ca

Jack Hauen
Reporter 

An experienced reporter, editor and photographer, Jack Hauen is a former reporter for The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star. He has previously worked for CBC, the National Post and student paper, The Ubyssey. Jack is the recipient of two John H. McDonald awards for excellence in student journalism.

Contact: jhauen@qpbriefing.com 

Columnists

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

Kelly Harris is the Principal of Toronto-based Harris Public Affairs. He has served as a Vice-president of FirstOntario Credit Union and on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Credit Union Association. Prior he was senior staff to Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak and held senior communications positions in the Gordon Campbell Government in British Columbia. Kelly is a journalist by trade, working at both the Calgary Sun and Calgary Herald. He can be reached at Kelly@HarrispublicAffairs.comKelly Harris is the Principal of Toronto-based Harris Public Affairs. He has served as a Vice-president of FirstOntario Credit Union and on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Credit Union Association. Prior he was senior staff to Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak and held senior communications positions in the Gordon Campbell Government in British Columbia. Kelly is a journalist by trade, working at both the Calgary Sun and Calgary Herald. He can be reached at Kelly@HarrispublicAffairs.com

 

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