This is my personal blog where I write mainly about politics – BC, Canada, and international. My bio:
Mike McDonald is a communications and public affairs consultant based in Vancouver. His practice is conducted through his personal company, Rosedeer Strategies Inc. (incorporated 2003). He also enjoys a close working relationship with Kirk & Co., BC’s leading firm in public consultation and engagement.
His career revolves around building strong relationships, understanding the dynamics of public opinion and its convergence with public policy, and executing effective strategies.
Mike served in senior roles for Premier Christy Clark and her government between 2011 and 2013. He led Clark’s winning leadership campaign team in 2011, led her transition team, and served as Chief of Staff to the Premier, the most senior political appointee in the BC government. During his time as Chief of Staff, the BC Jobs Plan was launched and a foundation laid for sustained balanced budgets.
Mike led the BC Liberal Party’s 2013 election campaign. With a great team, he helped build a campaign strategy that executed a come-from-behind victory, hailed as “stunning” and a “win for the ages” by Canadian news outlets.
He returned to the position of Chief of Staff in June 2017 to lead the Premier’s Office during a volatile and uncertain time in BC’s political history.
Previous experience included serving as a researcher for the United Native Nations, an Intern at BC’s Legislative Assembly in 1992, Special Assistant to Mayor Gordon Campbell at the City of Vancouver, and managing his successful leadership campaign for the BC Liberal Party in 1993. He served in the Premier’s Office under Campbell, and as Director of Communications to the Government Caucus. He worked as a public opinion researcher and focus group moderator. He was selected as one of Vancouver magazine’s Power 50 in both 2011 and 2013.
Mike is a lifelong British Columbian and graduate of the University of British Columbia. Born in Haney (try to find that on a map), he grew up in the Fraser Valley, lived on Vancouver Island for 20 years, and is now lodged firmly in the City of Vancouver.