Andrea van Vugt, Principal

Andrea has more than 20 years of experience working in the public and private sectors in Canada and the United States. 

Most recently Andrea served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Communications for an iconic Canadian retailer leading government relations, communications and events. 

Prior to that, Andrea was Vice President – North America at the Business Council of Canada where she supported the Canada-US Women's Council (established by the Prime Minister of Canada and the President of the United States) and advised Canada’s largest businesses on bilateral and trilateral issues with the United States and Mexico, particularly the NAFTA negotiations. 

As Chief of Staff to the Minister of International Trade, Andrea was instrumental in the conclusion of trade talks with Ukraine, Israel and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). 

As the longest serving Foreign Affairs and Trade Advisor to Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister, Andrea played an instrumental role in the conclusion of the Canada-Europe trade negotiations and Canada’s entry into the TPP negotiations. She advised the Prime Minister and members of cabinet during more than 20 bilateral visits around the world, and at summits which included the G8, G20, North American Leaders’ Summit, COP and NATO. During her time in the Prime Minister’s Office, Andrea also advised the Prime Minister on Agriculture, Fisheries and Oceans, International Development, Transportation, Natural Resources, Environment and Sport. 

Prior to joining the Prime Minister’s Office, Andrea held a number of roles in the private and non-profit sectors, including as Director of Government Relations for TELUS and as Associate Director for Corporate Relations for the Richard Ivey School of Business. 

Andrea has been recognized as one of the top 100 most influential people in government & politics by The Hill Times and as one of the most influential people in foreign affairs by Embassy Magazine. Her commentary has been featured in The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, The Financial Post, The Ottawa Business Journal and Macleans Magazine. Andrea has appeared on Power & Politics and CTV News. 

Andrea received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from King’s University College.