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Dairy Farmers looking for new top lobbyist as sector faces challenges

Executive director Richard Doyle is known across party lines as one of the most influential lobbyists, but his time on Parliament Hill is coming to an end this month.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Richard Doyle has spent 38 years lobbying the federal government on behalf of the Dairy Farmers of Canada. His retirement comes at a time when the dairy lobby is shifting to respond to international trade deals and new consumer demands.

For the first time in almost two decades the Dairy Farmers of Canada are looking for a new leader, with stalwart Richard Doyle retiring this month at a time when his principal legacy, supply management, is increasingly under attack.

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Dairy Farmers looking for new top lobbyist as sector faces challenges

Executive director Richard Doyle is known across party lines as one of the most influential lobbyists, but his time on Parliament Hill is coming to an end this month.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Richard Doyle has spent 38 years lobbying the federal government on behalf of the Dairy Farmers of Canada. His retirement comes at a time when the dairy lobby is shifting to respond to international trade deals and new consumer demands.

For the first time in almost two decades the Dairy Farmers of Canada are looking for a new leader, with stalwart Richard Doyle retiring this month at a time when his principal legacy, supply management, is increasingly under attack.

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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