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Top Grit staffer Bosch leaving Parliament Hill to join public affairs firm

By Laura Ryckewaert      

Kevin Bosch had been working for the Liberals on the Hill since 1998 and had long been a key researcher for the caucus.

Kevin Bosch, left, pictured with former Harper communications director Kory Teneycke at the Conservative leadership event in Toronto May 26-27. The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
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PARLIAMENT HILL—Longtime Liberal Hill staffer and senior researcher Kevin Bosch is leaving his job to join Hill + Knowlton Strategies in Ottawa as the public affairs firm’s new vice president.

Mr. Bosch, a veteran and well-known Grit Hill staffer who initially joined the Liberal research bureau in 1998, 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 Liberals’ war room and has spent almost 30 years working for the Liberals across the country.

He also worked for then-environment minister David Anderson’s 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 Martin’s successful 2003 leadership campaign and subsequently took over the helm of the Liberal Party’s Hill research team where he’s been a key player ever since, including through the party’s years in opposition.

“In 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,” said Mr. Bosch in the press release.

“Kevin’s political experience, deep-rooted relationships and unparalleled knowledge of the political landscape will be an incredible asset to our clients,” 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.

“Kevin’s 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,” said Ms. King.

Among Mr. Bosch’s last assignments for the Liberals was attending the recent Conservative leadership convention 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 contenders—largely 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. His tours of Centre Block offered historical intrigue and gossip and had become popular among Hill insiders, as chronicled by The Hill Times in 2015.

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