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McMillan hires counsel for government relations group

Friday, February 12, 2021 @ 3:16 PM | By John Chunn

McMillan LLP announced that Jonathan Kalles has joined the firm as counsel in the government relations group and McMillan vantage policy group as the senior consultant for Quebec.

“We are excited to welcome Jono, as he is known to his friends and colleagues, to the McMillan team,” Tim Murphy, executive partner, McMillan LLP and managing director of McMillan vantage policy group, said in the firm's press release. 

With a background in federal, provincial and municipal government relations and public affairs, Kalles is known for building relationships with key political and business stakeholders in Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa and across Canada.

“As a member of our Montreal office, Jonathan brings exceptional value in his unique, hands-on perspective on public policy development,” said office management partner, Shari Munk-Manel. “The fact that Jonathan is also a consultant with our public affairs affiliate is great news for clients who will benefit from expanded legal service offerings and truly comprehensive solutions in the government relations space.”

Prior to joining McMillan, Kalles served as Quebec adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. This role followed two years as senior Quebec adviser to three federal ministers. He has been active in political campaigns for over 25 years, and most recently, played a leading role in the 2019 Liberal Party of Canada campaign in Quebec. Earlier in his career, he practised corporate and commercial law in Montreal and is a member of the Barreau du Québec.