Bruce Drysdale is a founding Principal of DFH based in the Toronto office. Bruce advises global and Canadian companies on a variety of strategic, public policy, stakeholder and corporate positioning issues in the natural resources, industrial and telecom sectors. Bruce has also led public affairs campaigns and approvals for large transactions in Canada and other jurisdictions.
Until early 2007, he was Vice-President of Government and Public Affairs for Inco Limited, the world’s second largest nickel producer with a presence in 40 countries globally. He was responsible for directing and overseeing government relations, public policy issues, external and internal communications and reputation management worldwide. He was also responsible for public affairs strategy and execution for one of the largest merger/acquisition transactions in Canadian history, involving Inco and consolidation in the global mining sector.
Prior to his eight years at Inco, Bruce headed the natural resources practice for Canada’s largest public affairs consulting firm. In this role, Bruce provided counsel on a variety of public policy, regulatory, legislative and communications matters. Bruce began his career in government as a political and policy advisor to three Canadian Cabinet Ministers in Ottawa, in the Office of the Minister of Indian and Northern Development, the Office of the Minister of National Defence, and the Prime Minister’s Office.
Bruce has been involved in a number of community service efforts over his career, including serving as a Trustee and Board Member of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, a Trustee and Board Member of the Forum for Young Canadians, a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Policy Forum and a member of the Board of Governors of Laurentian University.
Bruce was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.