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Michael Geoghegan

Government and Media Relations, Specific Land Claims and First Nations

Michael GeogheganMike Geoghegan is one of the foremost government and media relations consultants working in British Columbia today. At the provincial government level he served five years as a Ministerial Assistant in the portfolios of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; and Small Business, Tourism and Culture. From this vantage point, Mike gained an in-depth knowledge of the many challenges facing the private sector in B.C.

In August of 1996 Mike went into business as a government and media relations consultant, and has delivered results to a diverse array of clients. He has helped forestry companies grappling with government regulations and land developers needing local and provincial agency approvals. He worked with Victoria area doctors to convince the B.C. Ministry of Health to double MRI operational funding throughout British Columbia and to establish two more MRI facilities on Vancouver Island (see a related Canadian Medical Association Journal article).

Mike has worked extensively with a variety of First Nations and Indian Bands seeking to resolve long-standing land claims. Amongst his many successes in working with First Nations was convincing Canada and British Columbia to settle a 108 year old specific land claim involving the Osoyoos Indian Band; and, more recently, bringing Canada to the table to reach a settlement of long-standing land claim involving the Okanagan Indian Band (see the September 28, 2002 media release from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada).

Mike was also involved in bi-lateral negotiations between Canada and the Westbank First Nation that culminated in a self-government Agreement. He has also been involved in a number of economic development projects involving First Nations and private sector companies.

From 1997 until 2003 Mike Geoghegan served on Langford's Planning and Zoning Committee. The spectacular economic growth that Langford has experienced over the last several years has made it the envy of other municipalities located within the Greater Victoria region.

Mike Geoghegan's in-depth knowledge of BC politics is reflected in the fact that two noted authors of books on BC politics both quoted Mike and thanked him for his assistance. The first author was Dan Gawthrop, whose book "High-wire Act: Power, Pragmatism and the Harcourt Legacy" was published by New Star Books in 1996. The second author was Mark Milke, whose book "Barbarians in the Garden City: The BC NDP in Power" was published in 2001 by Thomas & Black.

Mike has over twenty five years experience in drafting press releases, organizing news conferences and other media events. He has an extensive array of connections amongst politicians and the civil service both in Victoria and Ottawa. He also enjoys a good working rapport with reporters working at the regional, provincial and federal level.

For much of 2003, Mike served as President and CEO of the BC Construction Association. During this time Mike was able to significantly increase the media profile of the association as well as dramatically improve its relationship with the provincial government. He also helped identify over $600,000 in administrative costs savings to the association's health benefit program, while taking the association from a structural deficit to structural surplus financial position. In 2006 his firm played a key role in helping the Council of Construction Trade Associations of BC (COCTA) obtain a $90 million tax credit from the Government of BC. This tax credit is designed to increase the number of skilled apprentices in BC from 14,000 to 35,000 over a three year period.

In 2009 and 2010 Mike played a key role in assisting with the successful lobbying of Ottawa that ensured British Columbia received it's fair share of $40 billion Navy and Coastguard construction. This work not only involved lobbying in Ottawa, but also working with both corporate and union leaders in British Columbia.

Mike was also named by Her Majesty the Queen as a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) -- or at least that's what a hotel in Britain mistakenly thought (see the letter, Acrobat PDF format)! So just how the heck do you pronounce "Geoghegan" anyway? Find out.

Mike Geoghegan has a B.A. in economics from the University of Victoria and is listed in Wikipedia.

Mike can be reached at mike@bclobbyist.com.

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