The Team

June 10, 2014

Phil von Finckenstein, Partner (Ottawa)

Phil is a public affairs expert who is well-known for developing innovative approaches to getting results. He specializes as strategic counsel to c-level executives of some of the world’s leading and most innovative companies. In that role he has developed a track record of success in building and delivering clear, concise and compelling campaigns in Canada and the U.S.

In over twenty years as a public affairs professional, Phil has served national leaders in areas as diverse as biotechnology, education, energy, environment, finance, renewable energy, mining, media, public policy, and softwood lumber. He also counsels leading federal and provincial elected officials on policy, strategic communications, media management and crisis management.

Formerly the Director of Communications for Canada’s Leader of the Official Opposition, Phil developed his leadership skills in senior roles on Parliament Hill and national marketing experience as a senior campaign aide in two federal election campaigns.

As the son of a Canadian diplomat, Phil was educated on four continents. He holds a degree in History & Political Science from McGill University, and has completed Executive Education courses at Harvard Business School and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Executive program.

He is a member of the Board of the Ronald McDonald House of Ottawa, the Ashbury College Foundation and the Rideau Club of Ottawa. Phil and his wife Vanessa have five children. Phil is a founding partner of Maple Leaf Strategies.