Barbara Fox

Ensight today announced the appointment of Gayla Brock-Woodland as President to lead the firm into its second decade in Canada’s rapidly evolving public affairs and government relations environment.

Brock-Woodland comes to Ensight from MSLGROUP, a division of Publicis, where she led the agency’s operations in Canada since 2004 as Managing Director, and since 2013 as President. Prior to joining MSLGROUP, Gayla was Senior Vice President and Partner at Advance Planning & Communications.

“Gayla brings a new and added dimension to Ensight and a clear direction for our future, in which intelligent public engagement is integral to our clients’ success in the public policy arena,” Ensight principal Jaime Watt said.

In her 30-year career, Brock-Woodland has established a national reputation as a versatile and trusted advisor to C-suite executives and front-line leaders of major Canadian companies in sectors including energy, retail, professional services, consumer products, telecommunications, insurance, financial services, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and education.

“I started my career in Ottawa 30 years ago, and it’s a thrill to be back full circle. I’m privileged to be working with a team I’ve long admired, and eager to leverage my experience to create a bold vision for Ensight’s next decade and ensure their clients achieve their public policy goals,” Brock-Woodland said.

Ensight, a strategic partnership of Canada’s leading communications and public affairs firms – Enterprise and Navigator – has worked successfully on some of Canada’s largest public affairs files since it was founded in 2006. In addition to its government relations expertise, the firm has expanded service offerings to meet the needs of clients in today’s public affairs environment including:

  • A digital campaign practice that has demonstrated the power of combining data-driven communications and engagement to achieve public policy goals;
  • An Indigenous affairs practice, led by Sara Monture of Six Nations;
  • An infrastructure practice with a proven track record in working on some of Canada’s largest infrastructure projects; and
  • A research practice led by Chris Kelly, one of Canada’s foremost researchers.

“We are delighted to welcome Gayla to the Ensight team. She brings proven leadership abilities, a track record in reputation management and a unique ability to facilitate and build rewarding relationships between clients and decision-makers. We look forward to working with her as we move into Ensight’s second decade and the future of public affairs in Canada,” Barbara Fox, Ensight principal, said.