Who We Are

At Wellington Advocacy we help you win with our proven method of blending network and knowledge. 

We are a national full-service public affairs team with decades of combined professional experience serving as senior advisors in Canada’s highest political offices. 

Our job is to create a comprehensive plan to get you noticed. Leveraging our unique relationships and background, we help you develop your story, reach more people and execute fresh engagement strategies. Our services include government and stakeholder relations, campaign services, digital advocacy, strategic communications and executive coaching, and international development.

Our Team

Nick Koolsbergen
Chief Executive Officer
As the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Wellington Advocacy, Nick draws on his 15 years of political experience across Canada to advise the senior leadership of some of Canada’s largest companies and associations. Prior to Wellington, Nick directed issues management for the Prime Minister of Canada, served as Chief of Staff to the former Premiers of British Columbia and Alberta, and as a political party Campaign Director.
Andrea van Vugt

Areas of Expertise: Government Relations, Public Policy, Regulatory Development, Regulatory Approval, Strategic Communications, Stakeholder Engagement, Project Management, International Trade, Border Policy, Foreign Affairs, International Relations

Andrea has more than 20 years of experience working in the public and private sectors, advising some of North America’s largest businesses on bilateral and trilateral trade issues. Andrea was the Foreign Affairs and Trade Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada where she played an instrumental role in the conclusion of the Canada-Europe trade negotiations. Andrea also served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of International Trade where she oversaw the conclusion of trade talks with Ukraine, Israel, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Andrea will navigate complicated transborder activities for your organization, including trade and tariff rules.

Amber Russell

Areas of Expertise: Managing and Developing Process to Improve Operational Efficiency, Corporate Governance, Logistics, Event Management, Human Resources, Budget Management

Amber Russell brings over a decade of government and private sector management, operations, logistics and administrative experience to Wellington Advocacy. Previously, Amber served in several senior management roles involving international travel, domestic event coordination and logistics including as Manager of Tour and Events in the Prime Minister's Office and Manager of Administration, Finance & Events for a Canadian think tank.

Samuel Duncan
Vice President

Areas of Expertise: Government Relations, Policy Development, Issues Management, Digital Health Care Policy

Sam brings over a decade of senior executive political and private sector experience to Wellington Advocacy. He worked as Executive Director of Policy to the Premier of Ontario where he was responsible for leading the government’s strategic policy development and implementation process. Sam has also served as a senior advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada and several federal Cabinet Ministers.

Trisha Rinneard
Vice President

Areas of Expertise: Government Relations, Stakeholder Management, Relationship Building

With more than fifteen years of experience in Ontario provincial politics, Trisha has an instinctive understanding of government relations, stakeholder management, communications and relationship building. Trisha has worked for the Leader of the Ontario PC Party, Ontario’s Minister of Education, and as the Manager of Government Relations for one of Canada’s largest universities.

Brad Tennant
Vice-President, Alberta

Areas of Expertise: Strategic Communications, Public Policy, Policy Analysis, Policy, Government, Political Campaigns, Politics, Public Speaking, Campaigns, Speech Writing, Political Science, Political Communication Political Consulting, Fundraising, International Relations, Grassroots Organizing, Grassroots

Brad is a longtime political activist in Alberta serving as a senior advisor to provincial political parties. Brad has a long track record of navigating the Government of Alberta’s political and department levels to deliver unparalleled value for clients. Brad has also served as a professional fundraiser for political parties and political action committees in Alberta. Brad is an energy expert having worked with numerous energy companies in his time with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.