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Chesshire Hugo

Hugo Chesshire

Government Relations Manager

Name:Hugo Chesshire
Date of birth:18-08-1979
Address:47 Rolls Ave, St. Catharines ON
Phone:289-990-9445
Email:hugo@hugochesshire.com
I was born in Birmingham, England, and I grew up there, but I’ve made Canada my home since 2000, and I am a citizen of Canada and the UK. I pride myself on my ability to communicate with people from diverse professional and educational backgrounds, whether in informal one-on-one meetings with politicians or presentations to townhalls and stakeholder consultations, writing for an academic audience or blogging for business-owners, researching for policy briefs or writing media releases and op-eds for the general public. From academics, I learned to be diligent and never to assume the conclusion; from entrepreneurs, I learned that great ideas are worth nothing if they aren't implemented well. One needs a diverse set of skills and talents to succeed and make an impact, and I'm tirelessly working on building it. If you ask me what I'm up to, I'm usually trying to teach myself something new.

Employment

Oct 2015 - present

Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Policy and Government Relations Manager

My job as Policy and Government Relations Manager is one of counsel and of advocacy. As a political expert, I advise the organization’s board, staff, and membership on policy and its impact on their operations. I also advocate for Chamber members and the business community at large to all levels of government. I am responsible for researching and generating advocacy plans and policy recommendations, and then presenting and advocating for them in the political space.

 

In broad strokes, my job is to help create a governance environment that is friendly and open to business. I see that as a part of a healthy and vibrant community – a prosperous business community means jobs, investment, community involvement, social engagement, infrastructure, health and wellness, and more.

 

My approach is one of collaboration and consensus-building. I work to find shared interests and common goals with other community stakeholders and to build teams and coalitions, and I firmly believe that you can find friends in the most unlikely places if you’re willing to look and collaborate. Working together, we not only have a better chance of success, but we get solutions that benefit everyone.

Aug 2013 - Oct 2015

Niagara Workforce Planning Board

Research and Project Manager

I performed research and analysis of local labour market issues for community stakeholders. In my years at NWPB, I brought $98,000 in external funding to the organization, and I directed the Niagara Community Data Consortium. I not only gathered and analyzed data, but I designed, managed, and wrote our many publications and reports. I delivered presentations and represented NWPB to the community, as well as facilitated seminars and workshops on labour market information. I developed and ran our blog and website, and I supervised a complete overhaul of our online footprint.

I tried to focus the organization on interactive online media for data presentation, rather than on static print documents, as I feel that it is best to present data to users in an intuitive format that lets them find what they need. I think a research organization’s role is to make the access and understanding of data easy for clients and stakeholders, and to help them make evidence-based decisions.

Jan 2010 - Apr 2014

Brock University

Researcher

I performed qualitative and quantitative research including archival research, economic data analysis, and interviews. I also worked as an editor on academic papers and books. I mostly dealt with data manipulation in Excel, although I also spent quite a bit of time combing through old newspapers, performing literature reviews, and other qualitative work.

Jun 2012 - Apr 2014

Brock University

Teaching Assistant

I facilitated workshops and seminars for undergraduate students, as well as evaluating and grading both their written work and their presentations and group discussions. They seemed to like me; I received very positive student evaluations – and I didn’t consider myself an “easy” marker!

Sep 2012 - Sep 2013

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Steward

As a steward, I was reponsible for mediating between employees and representatives of the employer in grievances and complaints, and was active in union governance.

Jan 2012 - Apr 2012

Daniel & Partners LLP

Intern

I performed legal research for municipal government clients. This was a for-credit internship run in partnership with the Department of Political Science at Brock University. I learned a lot about municipal law and working in a legal practice. I still think I would have enjoyed a legal career, but so far, I have found research and analysis to be a better fit for me.

Oct 2004 - Jan 2010

Transcom International

Corporate Trainer

I developed and implemented training materials and courses for teleservice representatives. I liaised with clients in developing bespoke training programs for their campaigns, and traveled to Manila in the Philippines to set up new off-shore call center operations there. I enjoyed the work, but I felt I’d gone as high as I could without formal education, so in 2008, I enrolled at Brock University. I worked here part-time until 2010, however, and the firm was good enough to let me fit my schedule around my classes.

Jul 1999 - Aug 2000

Management Training in Action

IT Training Consultant

I developed and led training courses and seminars for business clients in computing basics, office software, e-mail and internet use. It was the end of the 1990s, when these skills were still far from ubiquitous; many people were having a hard time transitioning to a digital office. I focused on making training accessible and approachable for non-tech-savvy users.

Jan 1999 - Aug 2000

PC World

Customer Service/Senior Technician

My first “real” job, at the UK’s largest independent computer retailer, saw me perform hardware upgrades and repairs, as well as software support for Windows and Mac platforms. I brought my “computer geek” skills to the job, but I learned a lot about task management and working in teams. I was promoted to senior technician after a short time. I deputized for the customer service manager and helped to run a team of ten technicians and customer service agents, but I still did hardware and software repairs, upgrades, and maintenance. I left when I moved to Canada.

Education & Credentials

Sep 2012 - Feb 2014

Brock University

Master of Arts (M.A.), Political Science

I maintained an 88% GPA during my Master’s degree, was top of my class, and defended my thesis in February, 2014. I was the first student to be admitted into the thesis stream for many years; the vast majority are steered towards the less-demanding major research paper (MRP) stream.

Funded Awards and Scholarships:

  • Distinguished Graduate Student Award
  • SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Master’s Scholarship
  • OGS Scholarship
  • Jack M. Miller Excellence in Research Award (nominated)

Community involvement:

  • Faculty Hiring Committee
  • Graduate Student Representative

My thesis deals with the possibilities that internet technologies have opened for public and anonymous public speech, and their impact on deliberative democracy. It is multidisciplinary and draws both from a technical knowledge of internet security and from both ancient and modern political philosophy.

Sep 2008 - Jun 2012

Brock University

B.A. Honours, Political Science & Labour Studies, 1st Class Honours, Top of Class of 2012

I double-majored, and still came top of the class of 2012 in both Political Science and Labour Studies, with an 89% GPA.

 

Funded, merit-based awards and scholarships:

  • Distinguished Graduating Student 2012 (Political Science & Labour Studies)
  • Dr. James A. Gibson Prize in Political Science
  • Purple Chair Award
  • Returning Scholars Award
  • Father Sean O’Sullivan Scholarship
  • Dean’s Writing Award in the Social Sciences
  • Political Science Book Prize (2-time winner)
  • Labour Studies Annual Writing Award (2-time winner)
  • Labour Studies Undergraduate Student of the Year Award

Non-funded merit-based awards and scholarships:

  • Dean’s Honours List 2009-2012
  • Donald G. Creighton Prize in History (nominated)

Community involvement:

  • Faculty Affairs Committee
  • Wuhan University Exchange Program
  • Positive Space Workshop
  • Undergraduate Student Representative

Activities and Societies: 

  • Faculty Affairs Committee
  • Student Representative (Recruitment Committee)
  • Positive Space Program
Jun 2010 - Jul 2010

Wuhan University

Cultural student exchange program

I was delighted to participate in the pilot year of the Brock-Wuhan University student exchange program, with an opportunity to study Chinese culture and the Mandarin language in the People’s Republic of China.

Brock University

2014 May
Prof. Jeff Boggs, Associate Professor, Department of Geography

I have known Hugo since circa 2007 and in many contexts. Most recently, he and his colleague collaborated with me to produce a service learning experience for two groups of my students in a course I teach. Both groups of students met with Hugo and his colleague for guidance in writing a policy brief on claims of a skills gaps in the Niagara Region. I was very pleased with the quality of the work the students produced under Hugo’s guidance.

Furthermore, in the ten years I have been researching the Canadian economy, Hugo’s knowledge about the availability and limitations of quantitative data on the Canadian economy is unsurpassed. His grasp of the the intricacies of Statistics Canada data, as well as ancillary data from the Conference Board of Canada and other sources, has personally helped me in preparing lectures and conducting researching on the the Niagara economy.

In his current capacity at the NWPB, he has developed a prodigious understanding of Canada’s and Ontario’s workforce development policies. Coupled with his knowledge of Canada’s and Ontario’s public policy environment, this makes him an invaluable partner when conducting research on the Niagara Region’s labor market.

Hugo was also a student of mine. Most recently, he was in my graduate level spatial statistics course. There he learned how to apply ArcGIS 10.1 to describe and analyzed patterns in geographical data. His performance was outstanding, especially given that he had never had a GIS course before. As an undergraduate, he also took my introductory economic geography course, where he impressed me with his clear questions, well-crafted research paper and knowledge of Occam’s Razor as well as more general techniques in argumentation.

Hugo is articulate and capable of rooting out clever internal consistencies. He has strong organizational skills and meets deadlines. His general knowledge of the world is broad, and he is capable of playing the Devil’s Advocate to move a problem forward. If you are looking for a motivated, detail-oriented and curiosity-driven researcher who can handle mixed research methods, you would be hard put to do better than Hugo Chesshire.

Feel free to contact me if you have further questions.

Brock University

2011 Jun
Prof. Larry Savage, Director, Department of Labour Studies

I first recognized Hugo as an outstanding student in my introductory Labour Studies course. His academic work is interdisciplinary, focused, well written, and highly original. His firm grasp of social science research traditions and methods, and his understanding of how to employ them effectively, set him apart from the vast majority of students.

 

I was so impressed with Hugo’s academic capabilities that I hired him as research assistant and gave him tasks that I would not normally place in the hands of an undergraduate student. His rate of productivity, his energy level, and his ability to follow instructions were all very impressive. I would hire him again without hesitation.

 

Hugo Chesshire is collegial and well respected. He has shown more promise than any other student I have come across in my ten years of university teaching.

Contact info
Address47 Rolls Ave, St. Catharines ON
Phone289-990-9445
Websitehugochesshire.com

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