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Phil von Finckenstein

Partner, Ottawa

Phil is a government relations and public affairs expert. He has high value experience in public policy, public relations, crisis management, and strategic communications. 

Phil specializes in providing strategic counsel to 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 public policy campaigns in Canada and the U.S.  

In over twenty years as a public affairs professional, Phil has served leaders in areas as diverse as apparel, biotechnology, consumer electronics, education, energy, environment, forestry, finance, film, mining, media, music, public policy, renewable energy, staffing and steel. 

Phil began his career on Parliament Hill and working on 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 Oxford University Said Business School, Harvard Business School and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. 

Phil is a member of the Board of the Ronald McDonald House of Ottawa. He and his wife Vanessa have five children and a Rhodesian Ridgeback called “Red.” 

Phil is a founding partner of Maple Leaf Strategies.