Andy Stein is a public affairs and strategic communications specialist with over 13 years of public sector experience. He has an extensive understanding of government operations developed from holding senior positions at the municipal and provincial levels.
Andy’s experience allows him to quickly penetrate and understand complex issues and to develop and execute strategies to help clients meet their objectives. He is able to anticipate problems and proactively manage issues, stakeholder relations, risk and reputation.
Andy began his career in government in 1995 and spent eight years in progressively senior positions for the Mayor of the City of Toronto including Deputy Chief of Staff. He acted as a senior decision-maker and liaison with Council, the city bureaucracy and the private sector. Andy played a key role in the amalgamation of the new City of Toronto in 1998 and led many major initiatives and files on behalf of the Mayor including Public Works, Toronto Hydro, Toronto Police Services and various community services.
In 2003, Andy moved to the Ontario Government to work at the newly created Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal as Senior Policy Advisor and subsequently Chief of Staff to the Minister. Andy played a lead role in various groundbreaking initiatives such as “ReNew Ontario” a five year, $30 B Infrastructure Investment Plan, Alternative Financing and Procurement Program (P3s) and “Places to Grow” – The Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Management Plan. He also acted as the Minister’s liaison with senior Federal and Municipal Government officials on the development and management of capital project funding agreements.
In 2006, Andy was recruited to lead a team of professionals as the Director of Corporate Communications for the Ontario Realty Corporation (ORC). As a member of the Executive team, he helped lead the development and roll-out of a new three-year Strategic Plan. On behalf of the Province of Ontario, the ORC is the strategic asset, property and construction manager for one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada, consisting of approximately 6,000 buildings and over 80,000 acres of land.
Andy was born and raised in Toronto where he lives with his wife and three children. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and George Brown College and is active in his community as a coach in amateur baseball and basketball.