Andrew Pelletier

Andrew Pelletier is a seasoned corporate affairs advisor with more than 20 years experience. He has provided senior counsel to a broad spectrum of organizations across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. The scope of Andrew's work has covered all facets of corporate public relations, government affairs, environmental sustainability, corporate social responsibility, employee engagement and communications, and intense crisis management.

Andrew began his career in 1990 with the Ontario Government. As Communications Officer to the Ontario Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations, and later as Policy Analyst for the Ontario Legislature, Andrew dealt with many of the province's most noteworthy and emotionally charged political issues from communications and policy perspectives.

Following his work with the Ontario Government, Andrew joined one of Canada's oldest public-relations firms as a Consultant. During his years with the firm, Andrew developed and directed numerous marketing-oriented and issues-driven communications programs for a broad range of corporate and public-sector clients.

Those clients included: The Federal Department of Energy Mines and Resources; The Canadian International Autoshow; Russian Premier Mikhail Gorbachev's Canadian tour; The Insurance Bureau of Canada; The Canadian Standards Association; Hammerson Canada Inc; Peat Marwick Thorne Chartered Accountants; The Toronto Automobile Dealers Association; The United Way; Mercy International; and Square One Shopping Centre, Canada's second-largest retail shopping facility.

Following his consulting work, in 1995 Andrew joined Sears Canada as Manager of Corporate Communications, a role that touched virtually every aspect of the company's business. Andrew's professional focus at Sears was media relations, internal communication, issues management and investor relations. At the time Sears was Canada's largest retailer of general merchandise with operations nationwide.

Andrew left the Sears corporation in 1998 after being recruited by Walmart to establish, build and lead the corporation's broad corporate affairs function throughout Canada. After serving as Director of Public Relations, Andrew was promoted three times to Director of Corporate Affairs, then Vice-President of Corporate Affairs, and finally Vice-President of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, his current role. He leads a team of 26 professionals.

Reporting directly to the CEO, Andrew and his team are responsible for all corporate affairs nationwide including public & media relations, government affairs, employee communication, corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and French language strategy.

Andrew and his team were 2010 winners of a Platinum Hermes Creative Award, one of the highest honours for communication excellence in North America. The award is in recognition of the Walmart Green Business Summit in Vancouver prior to the Winter Olympics and corresponding sustainability campaign.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Sociology from Simon Fraser University. He is also a graduate of the Executive Development Centre in Dallas, Texas, and has served as a lecturer to post-graduate students of communications, a keynote speaker to a range of forums on corporate affairs, and an industry panelist to several professional assemblies.