President, Arundell Solutions INC.
With leadership experience in consulting firms including his own established in 2003 and a keen understanding of success in both the public and private sectors, Ed Arundell brings to his clients his 40 years of experience.
Ed is motivated to work at the borders of the public, private, and community sectors. He applies his expertise in communications, management, and government to help organizations increase their mutual understanding, improve their organizational effectiveness, and achieve better outcomes.
In the private sector Ed has directed integrated communications and public affairs campaigns domestically and globally. He Was Executive Vice President of Hill and Knowlton Canada and managed the Toronto office of this multi-million-dollar communications and government relations firm. He has held senior executive positions in some of Canada’s largest multinational firms (Noranda Mines, Abitibi Price and Massey Ferguson) and had many more leading international corporations as clients. Ed also established the Canadian office of Technology Assessment Group, a US-based, health-outcomes research firm and contributed to several health outcomes studies.
Ed also has senior experience in the public sector, at both the federal and provincial levels. He was Chief of Staff to Hon. Benoit Bouchard, Canada’s Minister of Health and Welfare and Industry Science and Technology (1990-1993); Director of Communications for Ontario Premier Mike Harris (1996) and Chief of Staff to Ontario’s Minister of Health, Tony Clement (2002-2003). In the latter position, he helped steer Ontario’s response to the SARS epidemic (2002-2003) and push forward health technology assessment within the Ministry. One study that emerged was a meta-analysis of factors that promote healthy ageing; physical activity far outweighed all other lifestyle and medical factors in promoting long term health.
He received a B.A. (Honours) in political science from Trent University in 1974 and was chosen as one of ten Parliamentary Interns in Ottawa upon graduation. As a Commonwealth Scholar (1975-1980), he pursued graduate studies and worked as a lecturer in political science at the University of Western Australia and in 1994 as a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business he completed a master’s degree in business.
Ed has been active as a political volunteer, involved in all aspects of campaign management at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels.
He has volunteered for a number of community agencies and Boards including the Ontario Advisory Council on Women’s Issues, The Earlscourt Child and Family Centre, The Developing Countries Farm Radio Network, The Canadian Council on Smoking and Health, and The Fort York Foundation. He was the founding president of the Public Affairs Association of Canada and currently is Vice-Chair of the Credit Valley Conservation Foundation and the volunteer Director of Strategic Communication for the Canadian Health and Fitness Institute.
Ed is married with two sons and two grandchildren, enjoys fly fishing, wine collecting and tennis. A younger passion for rugby union has turned from an active pursuit to a more passive reverence.