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Sarah Dickson

Manager, Federal Government Relations, Canadian Bankers Association


Sarah is the Manager of Federal Government Relations at the Canadian Bankers Association (CBA), where she advocates on a range of files affecting the banking sector.

Prior to joining the CBA, Sarah was a member of the Public Affairs team at Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K), and provided strategic and integrated government relations and communications advice to clients across sectors including health and wellness, financial and professional services, technology, transportation, and tourism. During her time at H+K, Sarah provided regular counsel to clients on establishing and growing government relationships, building grassroots support for public policy objectives, and navigating the business-to-government (B2G) process.

Sarah has also previously worked in government relations at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, where she advocated for the priorities of Canada’s municipal order of government and gained experience working on policy files such as infrastructure, transit, and housing affordability. Prior to this, Sarah completed her MPM practicum placement at spark*advocacy, as well as a co-op placement in the constituency office of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, former Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre.

Sarah is a trained public participation (P2) practitioner, certified by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Studies from Queen’s University.

“The MPM program greatly deepened my understanding of political advocacy and enhanced the practical government relations skills that I use on a daily basis in the professional realm. This program also provided the unique opportunity to learn from and meet a variety of talented individuals of all partisan stripes, with a breadth of political and advocacy experience. Sharing a classroom with passionate cross-partisan classmates encouraged thoughtful discussion and challenged me to consider different perspectives. The quality of professors and guest speakers is top-notch, and the accomplished network of alumni is an excellent resource for anyone beginning a career in the political realm.” – Sarah Dickson

Last Revision: April 2023