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Former Ontario deputy minister joins consulting firm

David de Launay leads group on Indigenous engagement in resource projects
DM David de Launay  - Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

Retirement didn’t last long for David de Launay.

The former deputy minister with Northern Development and Mines, who recently bid adieu to a 33-year public service career, has found a sweet landing spot with Enterprise Canada, a national public relations firm, specializing in government relations.

In an Oct. 16 news release, welcoming de Launay aboard, the firm said it’s developed a “next stage” First Nations engagement process that will create community-led and owned projects involving resource companies and financial institutions.

As chair of a new advisory board tasked to work with First Nations, he’ll work alongside Lloyd Girman, who held a similar position in the Manitoba government.

The firm has some major projects in the queue that will “demonstrate the strength of Enterprise’s approach” while delivering “clear and lasting benefits” to Indigenous communities.

Over his government career, de Launay has been involved in development projects in Northern Ontario and developed relationships with First Nations and resource development companies across Canada, including working on resource plays like the Ring of Fire in Ontario’s Far North.

He’s held executive positions at Aboriginal Affairs, Natural Resources, and the Cabinet Office.

He also led Ontario’s negotiating team in six-year talks with Quebec and the eight Great Lakes states that led to agreements protecting the lakes.

“We are delighted that David has decided to join Lloyd and the rest of our team at Enterprise,” said Enterprise CEO Barbara Fox in a statement.

"A whole new dimension is emerging on natural resources, First Nations and the economy. With Lloyd and David, we will help lead the discussion.”

Enterprise president Jason Lietaer said both de Launey and Girman are “exceptionally qualified and well positioned” to implement their sustainable development engagement model across Canada.