Chamber of Marine Commerce appoints Senior Director, Government and Stakeholder Relations

Sarah Douglas, Senior Director of Government and Stakeholder Relations

The Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC) has appointed Sarah Douglas Senior Director of Government and Stakeholder Relations, effective today, March 12.

Reporting to the President, Douglas will be responsible for the management and execution of CMC’s government relations program in support of the association’s overall strategic plan. She will liaise with a broad network of government officials and other external stakeholders in Ottawa and the provinces to proactively advocate for safe, sustainable, harmonized and competitive policy and regulation that recognizes the marine transportation system’s significant advantages in inland and coastal markets.

Bruce Burrows, CMC President, said: “Sarah has a strong understanding of the machinery of government from both working inside the political sphere and from an industry perspective as an advocate for the pharmaceutical sector. Her experience in policy analysis, political messaging and advocacy campaign design will be a valuable addition to our team, and I invite members to join me in warmly welcoming Sarah to the marine industry.”

Douglas was most recently Director, Government Affairs for Innovative Medicines Canada, breaking down complex regulatory, international trade and intellectual property law concerns into easy to understand language to develop advocacy campaigns, as well as managing stakeholder and elected official meetings.

Previously, she has worked in a number of legislative, research and communication roles on Parliament Hill and with federal Members of Parliament. These positions include being a press secretary and managing an MP’s activity on the House’s Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Committee.

Douglas holds a Master of Political Management Degree from Carleton University, Canada’s leading program in political studies. She is an active member in the Government Relations Institute of Canada, which works to achieve professional designation for the lobbying industry. She lives in Ottawa with her partner, James, and in her free time enjoys traveling—both across Canada and beyond.

She will be reached at and (613) 232-3539.

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