David MacNaughton brings to StrategyCorp a wealth of political, business and government experience. His extensive and comprehensive career has spanned both the public and private sectors.
As an entrepreneur he transformed the government relations consulting industry by building an organization that comprised government relations, public opinion research and public relations, operating in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, and employing more than 250 people. After selling his business in 1989, Mr. MacNaughton became CEO of Canada’s largest government and public relations firm and subsequently North American CEO of the world’s largest public relations firm.
From 1996 until 2003 he was president of a company specializing in private-public partnerships and a senior advisor to one of Canada’s leading investment banks.
David’s public sector experience includes work at both the federal and provincial levels of government. At the federal level he spent six years as a top advisor to the Minister at the Departmentsof Transport, Industry and Foreign Affairs. A long-time Liberal Party activist, David has been involved federally in numerous election and political campaigns.
In Ontario, David chaired Premier David Peterson’s successful 1987 election campaign and was a senior advisor to the Leader in the 2003 provincial election, which resulted in the successful election of Dalton McGuinty as Premier of Ontario.
From October 2003 until joining StrategyCorp, Mr. MacNaughton served as Principal Secretary to the Premier of Ontario. In that role he focused on bringing private sector principles of sound business management to the Ontario government. His responsibilities as Principal Secretary included a particular emphasis on energy, budget and asset management, and private financing initiatives.
Active in community affairs Mr. MacNaughton has served on the boards of the North York General Hospital, the Stratford Festival, the National Ski Academy, TV Ontarioand the Toronto French School. David has also served on the Board of Directors of Iogen Corporation of Ottawa and was Chairman of the Board of Comcare Ltd.