and Stephen Bruyneel have a unique
understanding of communications, government and public
affairs in British Columbia and Ottawa. They enjoy excellent
contacts with provincial decision-makers in Victoria,
municipal officials throughout BC, federal MPs, the media
and the business community.
John Moonen is one of the most experienced lobbyists in
BC. Between 1981 and 2001 he worked as a lawyer and
senior civil servant for the Government of British
Columbia, a lobbyist in the Jim Pattison Group, an
account executive at a Vancouver-based advertising
agency and a partner in western Canada’s largest public
affairs consultancy. In 2001 he founded John Moonen &
Associates Ltd. His clients have included many of
BC’s largest firms, industry and professional
associations, not-for-profit organizations and
For over 25 years Mr. Moonen has also
been a political strategist and campaigner
for a variety of MLAs, MPs, Cabinet ministers and
candidates; and municipal political organizations and
elected officials. Throughout his
career Moonen has served on the boards of numerous community
groups, educational bodies and business associations. He has
also been a keynote speaker and contributing writer on such
topics as political organization and lobbying.
Mr. Moonen earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the
University of British Columbia in 1981 and his Bachelor of
Laws degree from the University of Victoria in 1983. He also
studied at the Université de Paris where he earned his
Certificat du Langue in 1982.
Kirk Miller is the former Chair and General Manager
of BC’s Agricultural Land Commission. He worked for the
ALC for 29 years and retired in 2006.
Kirk continues to enjoy many excellent contacts at the
senior levels of the BC civil service and industry.
During his tenure he chaired the government/industry
committee which wrote BC's private land forest practice
regulations. He worked with government and industry to
resolve several major land use and resource issues,
including those involving gravel extraction, resource
taxation and aboriginal land claims. Kirk was also the
ALC liaison to the BC Federation of Agriculture and the
BC Agriculture Council.
As a testament to his ability to work with politicians
of all parties, Kirk was appointed General Manager of
the ALC by the Social Credit government; Chair & CEO by
the NDP; and Chair by the BCLiberals. During his tenure
the ALC reported through three different ministries and
Kirk worked directly with dozens of ministers and deputy
Kirk enjoys extensive contacts with provincial
decision-makers in Victoria; BC local government
officials; First Nations; the agriculture, forestry and
development industries; community groups; and the media.
Stephen has over 20 years of senior experience in the
private, public and government sectors. His clients and
employers have included provincial Crown corporations
and agencies, resource and energy companies, the
transportation and infrastructure industry, the clean
technology sector, progressive real estate developers
and not-for-profit groups.
Stephen has developed and/or led the communications and
public affairs function at some of BC’s leading
companies, including BC Hydro and Power Authority, the
Corix Group and Couverdon, the real estate business of
TimberWest Forest Corp. During this time he gained a
reputation as an industry leader in strategic
communications, issues management, business media
relations and stakeholder relationship building.
Stephen has a Bachelor of Science Degree (Biology) and
Master of Arts Degree (Political Science), both from the
University of British Columbia. He has always been very
active in the local community, including as a mentor in
the Vancouver Board of Trade's Leaders of Tomorrow
program and a member of the Campaign Cabinet of the
United Way of the Lower Mainland, where he was an
in-demand speaker for the Leadership Giving program.
Most recently, Stephen joined the Board of Directors of
the Fraser River Discovery Centre.