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We move clients Upstream against the currents of media coverage and government decision making.

 

Our Services

Government Relations
Community Consultation
Coalition Building
Media Strategy
Digital Media

About Us

Upstream Strategy Group is a full-service government relations, public relations, and strategy firm. Upstream provides a range of tailored services to a variety of corporate and public sector organizations throughout Canada. Upstream has a strong roster of communications, data, and campaign professionals. We move our clients Upstream against the currents of media coverage and government decision making.

 

Through custom-tailored grassroots and social activation campaigns, and our proprietary UPSTREAMER software, we amplify your message, frame the debate, and activate new stakeholders. Our depth of experience in public- and private-sector work, as well as our extensive political experience, allows for a proven track record of success from our many public relations and government relations campaigns.

Specialized Campaigns

Our award-winning grassroots and social activation campaigns amplify your message, frame the debate, and identify new stakeholders.

Using our Upstreamer Direct Contact Tool, your organization can:

Upstreamer  Features

 

Match

your supporters and stakeholders with their local representatives based on postal code or address

Collect

valuable information from the supporters and stakeholders of your cause

Track

how many emails have been sent, providing you with valuable insights into your advocacy efforts

Postal Code Lookup

Tumbling Paragraphs

Merge User Information

Supporter Database

Tweet @ Representatives

Carbon Copy

Multiple Jurisdictions

The Upstream Team

 

Michael Diamond

Founding Principal
michael@upstreamgroup.ca

647.986.0477

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Michael Diamond is a campaign strategist and political commentator who has served as a senior advisor to politicians and political parties across Canada.

 

Having worked on over twenty political campaigns in five provinces, Michael is a specialist in grassroots engagement who has helped leverage the power of stakeholders for well-known clients in Canada, the US, and Australia.

 

Among his more noteworthy accomplishments, Michael served as the Director of Operations to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in 2010, when he co-chaired the “get out the vote” effort, campaign manager for Doug Ford's successful 2018 Progressive Conservative Party leadership bid (the highest membership participation race in the party's history), and Campaign Director for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario’s 2018 general election campaign.

 

In addition to his government relations work, Michael is a regular contributor to Canadian media, where he offers his insights on politics and culture. Michael understands what it takes to win – both in political war rooms, and in the kitchen, where he enjoys being an amateur chef.

Patrick Tuns

Principal
patrick@upstreamgroup.ca

416.317.2210

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With over a decade of experience in Canadian politics and an array of domestic activation campaigns successfully executed, Patrick ensures that grassroots activists connect with like-minded Canadians to more effectively voice their concerns to their elected representatives.

 

Patrick’s love and passion for politics has taken him across Canada as a volunteer, campaigner, activist, and consultant, even doing a brief stint as a lobbyist at the United Nations during his time at the University of Toronto.

 

He has served as a political staffer at both Toronto City Hall and on Parliament Hill and served as the Executive Assistant to Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs Parm Gill as well as working for Labour and Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt.

 

Patrick recently served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for the Doug Ford Leadership race and Deputy Campaign Director and Get Out The Vote Manager of Premier Doug Ford and the Ontario PC’s provincial election campaign.

Chris Chapin

Principal
chris@upstreamgroup.ca

647.500.0443

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Chris Chapin is a political strategist, communications professional and digital expert who understands that the days of shifting public opinion via press release are long over.

 

Chris has over a decade of political experience including serving in senior roles at Queen’s Park and working on and managing campaigns at all three levels of government. He most recently served as the Digital Director to the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario and the Caroline Mulroney PC leadership campaign.

 

Chris specializes in breaking down complex ideas into simple and easy to understand content that resonates with government.

 

When Chris isn’t busy putting together a winning campaign, he’s likely trying to beat someone on the golf course or outdo Michael in the kitchen.

Greg Kourtoff

Digital Consultant & Office Manager
greg@upstreamgroup.ca

647.227.8809

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Greg is a communications strategist and branding professional who has worked with a wide variety of public and private sector organizations across Canada. With a passion for technology and the environment, Greg has developed many successful media and government relations campaigns that deliver results for clients.

 

Having been responsible for many roles, including campaign strategy, campaign management, media distribution, media and client relations, social media management and graphic/web design, Greg is known for his ability to provide insightful analysis on current issues and for his deep understanding of how to influence a range of audiences.

Greg has a bachelor of Political Science from Western University. His past work experience includes working at the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) and as the Creative Coordinator at a boutique environmental communications firm. In his spare time, Greg enjoys cooking and finding ways to extend his life.

Brooklyn Mattinson

Senior Consultant
brooklyn@upstreamgroup.ca

613.299.8190

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Brooklyn has provided strategic communications advice and media relations support at both the federal and provincial level, developing extensive creative experience in digital marketing, campaign management and content creation/strategy.

 

Her work has included the Kellie Leitch (Conservative) and Doug Ford (PC) leadership campaigns.

 

At Upstream, Brooklyn provides clients with a range of public affairs services. Prior to joining Upstream, Brooklyn worked at a government relations firm where she acted on behalf of a number of clients in various sectors (including agriculture and healthcare) to provide government relations support and strategic advice.

 

Previously, she worked in Ottawa as a legislative advisor to three Conservative Members of Parliament. Through her time working on Parliament Hill, Brooklyn garnered skills in crisis communications and engagement, legislative planning, event planning, media monitoring, stakeholder mapping and research.

Brooklyn is an active volunteer in her community, volunteering at Circle of Care: Sinai Health System and the Shoebox Project.

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