PARLIAMENT HILLâLongtime Liberal Hill staffer and senior researcher Kevin Bosch is leaving his jobÂ toÂ join Hill + Knowlton Strategies in Ottawa as the public affairs firmâs new vice president.
Mr. Bosch, a veteran and well-known GritÂ Hill staffer who initiallyÂ joined the Liberal research bureau in 1998,Â quickly earned a reputation for being a savvy player in the world of opposition research. He exits as deputy director of the Liberal research bureau, also known as the LRB. Melissa Cotton is managing director of the LRB.
A Calgary native, Mr. Bosch previously spent a number of years working for the Alberta Liberalsâ war room and has spent almost 30 years working for the Liberals across the country.
He also worked for then-environment minister David Andersonâs office as a communications assistant before taking on a job as legislative assistant to then human resources minister Jane Stewart in 2002. Mr. Bosch was director of research for Paul Martinâs successful 2003 leadership campaign and subsequently took over the helm of the Liberal Partyâs Hill research team where heâs been a key player ever since, including through the party’sÂ years in opposition.
âIn the many years I have worked on Parliament Hill, I have always known Hill + Knowlton Strategies to have an outstanding reputation for professionalism and excellence. I am very excited to join this dynamic team,â said Mr. Bosch in the press release.
âKevinâs political experience, deep-rooted relationships and unparalleled knowledge of the political landscape will be an incredible asset to our clients,â said Jackie King, senior vice president and general manager of Hill + Knowlton Strategies Ottawa, in a June 5 press release.
The firm does public affairs work; corporate, financial, health-care and crisis communications; issues management; consumer and content marketing; research and measurement; and engagement strategies work. It has offices across Canada in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Regina, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria.
âKevinâs proven ability as an effective communicator using both traditional and social media platforms coupled with his deep research experience makes him an ideal fit for us, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the team,â said Ms. King.
Among Mr. Boschâs last assignments for the Liberals was attending the recent Conservative leadership conventionÂ in Toronto where he along with Liberal Party senior communications director Braeden Caley and other Grit staffers were busy handing out tongue-in-cheek swag bags and other material attacking Conservative leadership contendersâlargely focused on Conservative MP Maxime Bernier in the lead up to the vote. However, new material was pumped out in short-order after Conservative MP Andrew Scheer was elected leader.
A Canadian history and parliamentary history buff, Mr. Bosch has over the years started his own unofficial tours of Parliament Hill for guests and insiders. HisÂ tours of Centre Block offered historical intrigue and gossip and had become popular among Hill insiders,Â as chronicled by The Hill Times in 2015.
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