About Us

Teaching. Training. Tools.

About Us

Teaching. Training. Tools.

About Us

Teaching. Training. Tools.

About Us

Teaching. Training. Tools.

Founded in 2003 by Ryan Clarke, Advocacy Solutions is a one-stop shop that helps synthesize advocacy campaigns, amplify campaign messaging, and engage and influence key decision makers. We provide an integrated approach to external engagement that leverages and amplifies advocacy efforts through traditional, digital and social media channels. Our passion is teaching, training and empowering people to do their own work in advocacy – to be heard.

Advocacy Solutions fosters engagement in advocacy amongst stakeholder groups and individuals. For example, in our work within the health care sector, we cultivate alliances with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, patients and their caregivers. This approach helps expand the base of support beyond those directly impacted – through a range of sharable, easy-to-use advocacy tools.

Leadership Team

Ryan Clarke, LL.B
Ryan Clarke, LL.B

Founder & President

Phone: 416.919.9532

Ryan Clarke is the president of Advocacy Solutions. He helps advocates synthesize advocacy campaigns, amplify campaign messaging, and engage and influence key decision makers through the development and implementation of impactful advocacy strategies. Since founding the practice in 2003, Ryan has spoken about advocacy across Canada and internationally, teaching and training thousands of people how to make their voices heard.

A member of the Law Society of Ontario, Ryan was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995 and practiced exclusively in the area of family law for almost three years. He then became a Special Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Energy, Science and Technology, serving as policy advisor on all issues within the Science and Technology Division. Ryan joined Glaxo Wellcome (now GlaxoSmithKline Inc.) in 1999 as Senior Manager, Public Affairs specializing in public policy and government relations at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.

Ryan holds both an Honours B.A. and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and studied law at the University of Western Ontario.

As well as being a member of the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations, Ryan is an active member of several business organizations, including the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. A former member of the Biotechnology Council of Ontario, Ryan was previously a government appointed public member of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, having served as Chair of the Legal and Legislation Committee.

Joanne Koskie

Joanne Koskie

Managing Director

Phone: 416.400.6352

With more than two decades of experience in public relations and public affairs, Joanne advises her clients in industry and the non-profit sector in all aspects of traditional and digital communications. With a focus on stakeholder relations, public awareness and engagement, and advocacy, Joanne’s expertise is deeply rooted in healthcare and enhanced by roles directing communications for two national patient advocacy organizations. Within this sector, Joanne works at the federal and provincial levels to support drug approval and reimbursement efforts to ensure novel therapies are accessible to all Canadians who can benefit from them.

During her career, Joanne has developed extensive expertise in a variety of therapeutic areas, including neurology, oncology, rheumatology, respirology and a range of rare diseases such as blood and metabolic disorders. She has built and supported a number of successful pan-Canadian provincial reimbursement campaigns. Additionally, Joanne was chosen to lead a team that worked closely with Cancer Care Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, to launch Canada’s first colorectal cancer screening program to health care providers.

Joanne is currently on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders and is an active volunteer with a number of patient advocacy groups.

Rosalind O’Connell
Rosalind O’Connell

Senior Director

Phone: 613.650.7489

With nearly 20 years of experience in the area of healthcare communications, Rosalind brings a wealth of experience working with a variety of pharmaceutical, not-for-profit, biotechnology and medical device clients, as well as a strong background in stakeholder relations, advocacy, media relations, issues management and digital communications.

Rosalind’s experience includes work in a diverse number of therapeutic areas including: Oncology (breast cancer, blood cancers, colorectal cancer), immunology (rheumatology, gastroenterology, dermatology), cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma, infectious diseases (HIV/AIDS, hepatitis), women’s health (contraception), devices (blood glucose monitors), consumer care/health (including prescription to OTC switches), osteoporosis, rare and ultra-rare diseases and vaccines (pertussis, tetanus).

In addition, Rosalind also headed up the Communications and Public Affairs department of a national physician association where she led the development of their first-ever public awareness campaign in support of the organization’s federal and provincial advocacy efforts.

Advocacy Solutions is a partner in Accelera Canada.

 

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