Terence H. Young

One of Canada’s leading government relations professionals, Terence has over 35 years’ experience inside government, in business and in government affairs, and enjoys a national reputation as a leader of the highest integrity.

He has Chaired and served on a dozen parliamentary Standing Committees and been responsible for the passage of major bills. He has 25 years experience in stakeholder management, media relations and strategic communications.

Terence offers invaluable insight into how issues play out in the public sphere, what drives them, the role of the media, and how to engage stakeholders.

Terence founded Drug Safety Canada in 2001 as President, wrote the non-fiction best-seller Death by Prescription and is the leading advocate for the safe use of prescription drugs in Canada. He conceived Vanessa’s Law: The Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act and galvanized both houses of parliament to pass it without dissent in 2014.

Prior to public life, Terence was a manager at Bell Canada, with various roles in Government Affairs, Public Affairs, and Marketing. He served as an adjudicator on the board of The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario from March 2000 – March 2003 and has experience in the auto sector, as well as others, including as President of The Lewis Garnsworthy Tower not-for-profit seniors’ residence.

Terence has run in seven political campaigns and elections and won three. He has worked on scores of campaigns at all levels of government in various roles since the federal election in 1974, when he ran as an independent in Parkdale at age 21, while studying Political Science at York University.