Nov 27, 2020
Canada’s Building Trades Unions is pleased to announce the hiring of two new team members; Rita Rahmati as Government Relations Specialist and Kevin Lawlor as Senior Policy Analyst. Both Kevin and Rita will offer depth and increased support in moving the yardstick on CBTU’s legislative priorities. Learn more about Rita and Kevin’s background below!
Senior Policy Analyst
Prior to joining Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) as the Senior Policy Analyst, Kevin spent time as the policy analyst for the Mayor and Town of Oakville, where he was responsible for rapidly assimilating and interpreting large amounts of literature to synthesize reports in order to help advise the Mayor on policy positions.
Prior to that, Kevin taught English as a second language in both Quebec and Korea for a number of years. He worked at Queen’s Park for the Ministry of Revenue amassing experience in the field of public policy. Kevin has a strong background in research, stakeholder engagement and understanding the nuances involved in public policy to brief stakeholders on key issues.
Kevin joined the CBTU as the Senior Policy Analyst in November 2020. In this role he will help formulate policy to better inform the federal government, and government at all levels, about issues that affect CBTU members. His work will include research into areas important to the CBTU including apprenticeship and training; best practices procurement, community benefit agreements and infrastructure. He will monitor and analyze policy initiatives as it relates to the construction sector and work closely with government relations effort to support and move forward CBTU priorities.
Kevin holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Global Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University and more recently obtained his Master of Arts in Political Science from McGill University.
Government Relations Specialist
Before joining the team at Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) in her role as Government Relations Specialist, Rita spent the last few years at a national government relations firm navigating political channels to lobby on behalf of a myriad of clients including non-profits, large associations and multi-national companies. In this role, she led a number of large files, advocating on behalf of her clients to different levels of government and utilizing innovative tactics to achieve their goals. Prior to that, Rita spent time on the Prime Minister’s Communications team, and has been actively involved in politics since her University days where she also honed her communication and writing skills as Managing Editor of her school newspaper.
In November 2020, Rita joined the CBTU as the Government Relations Specialist, a role that her combined government relations and communications background is well suited. Rita is responsible for actively communicating with and advocating politicians and bureaucrats to further the CBTU’s legislative priorities; coordinating government relations efforts amongst stakeholders and affiliates; and increasing CBTU’s presence on Parliament Hill.
Rita has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Minor in Film Studies from Western University, and a Masters of Political Management from the prestigious Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program at Carleton University.