About Us

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.

(OTTAWA) Please join former RCMP Deputy Commissioner, Specialized Policing Services, Peter Henschel, and National Cyber Security Expert John Proctor, 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 two key questions: “Do we have a culture of innovation in Canadian security and policing?” and “Are we adapting quickly enough to stay ahead of the technological curve in addressing threats?”

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: The event is by invitation only and is primarily directed at senior to mid-level investigators working in government, security and law enforcement agencies. There is no cost to attend this event, but registration is required as seating is limited. Please register using the online form.

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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, 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

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


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.


high(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.


Brief Speech to 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.


In Committee from the Senate of Canada on National Defence – (Full Video)