David Pratt & Associates (DP&A), is a government relations and strategic consultancy firm located in Ottawa, Canada. We specialize in working with small, medium and large companies pursuing defence and security procurement opportunities with the Government of Canada.
At DP&A, we bring together a wealth of talent, experience and deep knowledge drawn from the senior ranks of Canadian politics, the diplomatic corps, the Canadian Armed Forces, the RCMP and the federal public service.
Our decades of experience at the highest levels of government have positioned us well to provide pragmatic, innovative and trustworthy advice and solutions to domestic and multinational clients.
We help clients create value through our unique relationship linkages, distinctive skills and special insights. We also help our clients manage and reduce company risk when engaging with political and government authorities.
On Thursday, June 8, The Honourable David Pratt had the honour of providing a briefing on civil-military relations to a delegation from Myanmar led by Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi who was in Ottawa to meet with the Governor General and the Prime Minister.
The delegation included government ministers, senior military officers and leaders of the ethnic groups.
Heddle Marine Selects DP&A for Government Relations and Marketing Support
Heddle Marine, a leading Canadian ship repair and marine service provider, has selected David Pratt & Associates (DP&A) to provide government relations, communications and marketing support.
“We are very excited and energized to have the opportunity to work with a company like Heddle Marine,” said David Pratt, Principal of DP&A. “Heddle is a very dynamic company in a very dynamic industry sector,” said Pratt.
The company offers a wide range of services including dry docking, alongside ship repair, ship recycling, fabrication, mechanical, machining, electrical and hydraulic support services. Heddle has a diverse clientele ranging from commercial vessel owners, offshore and onshore oil and gas operators to infrastructure developers, industrial operators and the Canadian Coast Guard. Read More
The Government of Canada entrusted Heddle with the recent repairs and upgrades to the historic HMCS Haida – the world’s last surviving World War II vintage Tribal Class destroyer.
“Heddle’s quality workmanship, service and safe business practices are driven by their ISO 9001:2008 certified Quality Management System,” said Pratt. “Not only are they are entrepreneurial, innovative and highly competitive, they also have a strong track record of environmental stewardship and community involvement.”
Established in 1987 by Richard Heddle, President, the company is based in Hamilton with additional facilities in Thunder Bay and St. Catherines, Ontario, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Sydney and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
As a new member of CADSI, Heddle representatives will be attending CANSEC in Ottawa on May 31 and June 1. For further information on Heddle Marine, please contact Shaun Padulo at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.heddlemarine.com.
The Systemex Group to Work with David Pratt & Associates
DP&A is very pleased to announce that the firm will be working with The Systemex Group to assist them in marketing their products and services to the Government of Canada and its agencies.
DP&A will also be supporting the Systemex Group’s B2B outreach efforts in the defence and security sector. Representatives from the Systemex Group will be available to provide technology demonstrations at CANSEC in Ottawa May 31 and June 1.
The Systemex Group is a collection of six interelated Montreal based companies that trace their corporate roots back to 1950. The Group does high end engineering, asset and risk management, operational readiness, clean technology platforms, research and development, automated systems design as well as business processes. With annual sales of $200+ million and 1,500 employees, it has operations in six locations across Canada and the United States. Read More
“The value proposition that The Systemex Group offers is really very impressive,” said Pratt. “They have produced some outstanding results with very satisfied clients like Kraft Heinz, Marine Atlantic, Bacardi, City Brewery, Arcelor Mittal and Canadian Malartic. In support of their work in environmental technologies, they are also involved in some leading-edge research and development with the University of Sherbrooke,” he said.
Serge Tousignant, President and CEO of The Systemex Group, said “David and his Associates will support our efforts in government relations, B2B relations, communications, procurement and public affairs.” He added that: “They offer the depth and breadth of experience we are looking for as we pursue federal government opportunities as well as partnerships with primes on major federal contracts.”
The Systemex Group of companies consists of Systemex Industrial Consulting, Systemex Energies, Systemex Automation as well as DCM, DAWCO and JYNT Fabrication. The Systemex Group has worked in the aerospace and defence sector with companies such as Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney, General Dynamics and Safran Messier-Dowty. It has also established a strong reputation in the manufacturing, food processing, mining and transportation sectors. Visit their website at: www.systemexgroup.com.
FireEye Chooses David Pratt & Associates
Mike Belanger, Director of Federal Sales for FireEye, said he is “particularly excited about the opportunities that exist with the Canadian Government. Cybersecurity is critical priority for both governments and companies in today’s digital environment. We see enormous opportunities in Canada and we are looking forward to showcasing our unique offering. Our cybersecurity solutions combine our purpose-built virtual-machine technology, threat intelligence and advanced security expertise that reduce our customers’ exposure to attacks by enabling accurate detection and rapid response.”
Belanger joined FireEye, in June of 2016 and has a wealth of experience as a Senior Account Manager. With over 35 years of marketing technology to the Government of Canada, he has a track record of success in enterprise sales for hardware and software OEMs. Belanger graduated with an MBA from the University of Ottawa, a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and also attended the Royal Military College.
FireEye has invented a purpose-built, virtual machine-based security platform that provides real-time threat protection to enterprises and governments worldwide against the next generation of cyberattacks. The core of the FireEye platform is a virtual execution engine, complemented by dynamic threat intelligence, to identify and block cyberattacks in real time. FireEye has over 5,000 customers across 67 countries, including more than 940 of the Forbes Global 2000. In 2015, FireEye reported revenues/sales of US $625M.
Goran Samuel Pesic, Associate and Head of Operations at DP&A, participated at a trade experts roundtable organized by the University of Calgary in partnership with the Canadian Institute for Global Affairs on the theme The New Security Dimension of Global Commerce. He provided a private sector perspective on “Surviving and Thriving in the Digital Economy” and outlined the top cyber threat issues which may inhibit Canadian companies who are, or are planning to export and do business overseas. To obtain a full version of the speech, please click on the PDF graphic below.
Photo: Professor Dr. Peter Marton and Goran Samuel Pesic
DP&A Special Events
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 9:00 to 11:45
Canadian Police College, Deveau Hall, 1 Sandridge Road Ottawa, ON K1G 3J2
(OTTAWA) Please Join former National Security Advisor, Dick Fadden and former RCMP Assistant Commissioner and INTERPOL Director, Dale Sheehan, for a discussion and Q+A session on the institutional challenges facing police and security agencies as they grapple with new technologies. They will seek to answer the question: “Do we have a culture of innovation in Canadian security and policing?”
(TORONTO) 20 June 2016
The Honourable David Pratt attended the NATO Association Gala Dinner at the Westin Hotel Harbour Castle in Toronto honouring former Prime Minister the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney. At the invitation of retired Senator Hugh Segal, and on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Association, Mr. Pratt delivered a “thank you” speech to Mr. Mulroney and presented him with a plaque which awarded him a Lifetime Fellowship in the NATO Association.
The Honourable David Pratt and former Prime Minister the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney
(OTTAWA) 13 June 2016
Former defence ministers David Pratt and Peter MacKay discuss issues with the Senate of Canada related to the defence policy review presently being undertaken by the Government of Canada.