Assistant Consultant (Public Affairs) at Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Sarah is an Assistant Consultant within the Public Affairs Group at Hill+Knowlton Strategies in Toronto, where she leads legislative monitoring and provides public affairs support for clients in a variety of sectors, including cannabis, health, and lifestyle.
Prior to joining Hill+Knowlton, Sarah was a Government Relations Coordinator at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) in Ottawa. At FCM, Sarah advocated on behalf of Canada’s municipal order of government and gained experience working on policy files such as infrastructure, transit, and housing affordability. Sarah also contributed to the strategic development of advocacy campaigns for FCM in advance of the 2019 federal budget and that year’s federal election.
Sarah has also worked as an Account Coordinator at Spark*Advocacy, where she supported advocacy campaigns across multiple sectors and played a key role in monitoring and analyzing third-party advertising during the 2018 Ontario election.
While Sarah was an MPM student, she also volunteered as a stakeholder relations assistant in the constituency office of the Hon. Catherine McKenna.
Before entering the MPM program, Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Political Studies from Queen’s University, where she was heavily involved as an organizer for the largest faculty orientation week and as a manager of a corporate service operated by the student government.
“The MPM program greatly deepened my understanding of the political and advocacy processes in Canada and enhanced the practical writing, research, and analytical skills that I use on a daily basis in the professional realm. This program also provided an 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. I would strongly recommend this program to anyone with an interest in Canadian politics.” – Sarah Dickson
Last Revision: Dec. 20, 2019