Alain Pilon joins The Rothwell Group as Principal bringing over 30 years of experience in the public affairs domain at the federal provincial and municipal levels of government, including 10 years of experience as a senior ministerial staffer in Ottawa.
He began his career as a ministerial assistant serving as Legislative Assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister. He went on to become Chief of Staff to the Government Leader in the House of Commons which placed him at the heart of the day-to-day operations of Parliament and the Government of Canada. He was also Chief of Staff at the Canadian International Development Agency and then at the Department of Public Works and Government Services where he advised the Minister on all matters pertaining to federal procurement of billions of dollars worth of goods and services from the private sector.
Upon leaving the federal government Alain joined a multinational public affairs consulting firm in Ottawa advising local, national and foreign-based corporations and non governmental organizations on a broad range of public policy issues.
In 2005 Alain was elected to Council in the City of Gatineau, the fourth largest municipality in the Province of Quebec. During his tenure he was the Chair of the Sport and Leisure Commission and he served on the Board of Directors of Societe de Transport de l'Outaouais. In this capacity Alain was required to manage close working relationships with relevant bureaucratic and political officials in Quebec City.
Alain's expertise in navigating complex bureaucratic and political structures both in Ottawa and in Quebec constitutes an invaluable resource to our clients.
Alain gained a Masters Degree in Social Science from the University of Montreal. He is married and is the proud father of 2 sons. In his spare time, he coaches downhill skiing and tennis.