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Abby Tait

Government Relations Consultant, Earnscliffe Strategies

Degrees:MPM 2021

Abby is a Government Relations Consultant with Earnscliffe Strategies. Working out of the Ottawa office, she provides strategic advice, project management and public affairs support across various sectors and industries.

Previously, Abby engaged in a diverse range of political, non-profit and government work. Abby worked in the constituency office of the Hon. Karina Gould where she supported communications and stakeholder engagement. She has also held several policy and communications positions in Canada’s federal public service, including at Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Department of National Defence. She first began her government relations career as an in-house public affairs coordinator with the University of Waterloo’s government relations team.

In addition to a Master’s in Political Management, Abby holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Political Science with a double minor in Communications and International Studies from the University of Waterloo. She was elected as an Arts Councillor with the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association and volunteered on her local constituency’s youth council. Abby has also been named a Young Director with Fora: Network for Change’s Girls on Boards program for the 2022-2023 Cohort.

“The Riddell Program was incredibly valuable in its practicality and opportunity for cross-partisan discussion. It provides both hands-on knowledge and access to seasoned experts, while targeting the most critical skills and tools for a political professional.

Although I completed the program entirely online due to COVID-19, the dedicated professors ensured that thoughtful discussions and professionally relevant exercises remained at the core of the program.

The marker of a truly valuable program is one that sets up its students for success and provides them with the space and opportunity to develop and harness their skills multiple different settings. By providing an in-depth look at an expansive scope of political management topics, the Riddell Program did exactly that.

If you’re interested in shaping Canadian politics in any way, there’s something for you in this program.” – Abby Tait

Last Revision: August 16, 2022