If you have ever asked yourself any of the following questions, this session is for you:

  • What exactly is government relations? Is it the same as lobbying?
  • I know my non-profit should reach out to elected officials, but where do I begin?
  • Why would a politician want to talk to me?
  • Who do I even speak to?
  • I work for a small non-profit, isn’t government relations for larger organizations?

Participants will learn how an effective government relations plan can help non-profits of any size increase revenue; become a trusted partner with government in solving complex social issues; establish and maintain effective relationships with politicians, their staff and bureaucrats; and influence public policy and legislation.

Learning Outcomes:

  • What is government relations?
  • Why should you practice government relations? What are the benefits?
  • Who is involved in government relations? Who are the key players?
  • Where does government relations take place?
  • How to craft a message and deliver it to government

Puneet Luthra, MPA


P.S. Luthra Consulting

Puneet Luthra has been working as a government funding specialist since 2006.  Since that time, Puneet has helped non-profits leverage numerous government funding opportunities at the municipal, provincial and federal levels of government. The sectors Puneet has secured funding for include advanced manufacturing, environment, children/youth, education, employment and skills training.   

Puneet holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Dalhousie University.