Duncan Rayner provides government and public relations counsel to a wide range of domestic and international clients including MasterCard Canada, Emirates Airline, the Brewers of Canada and the National Association for Information Destruction.
Duncan’s clients value his ability to read the political scene, provide early warning of potential problems and opportunities, and offer solutions to work constructively with governments at all levels.
Duncan served as Director of Operations for the 2008 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, which is designed and organized by TSA. Duncan held the same position for the 2004 Conference. This multi-site, multi-sectoral conference is an immense undertaking that requires impeccable attention to detail and acute understanding of the business, government, labour and non-profit sectors.
Duncan also was a key part of the TSA team that worked with Buckingham Palace to develop a history of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences to help commemorate its 50th anniversary in 2006.
Duncan joined TSA after several years in the political sector, serving as a Senior Advisor to former Progressive Conservative (PC) Leader Peter MacKay and as Director of Operations for the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. Duncan played a central role in drafting the agreement that led to the unification of Canada’s Conservative Parties.
Responsible for national organization and mobilization with the Conservatives, Duncan also served as in-house convention planner and advised on all internal and external communications, always in a high-risk, high-profile environment with no room for error.
These skills have been transferred to Duncan’s work with TSA, helping clients build relationships with external stakeholders and the media to further their government relations and public affairs goals.
Duncan is an exceptional writer and holds a B.A. from Bishop’s University and an M.A. from Dalhousie University. He is frequently invited to speak on government relations to conferences across North America.
Duncan is a native of St. George, New Brunswick.