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Andrew House Ottawa Lawyer

Andrew House

Counsel Fasken
In the COVID-19 era, politics and national security are so deeply intertwined that it’s impossible to separate the two. Those who fail to navigate this complex interrelationship cannot succeed in today’s high-stress business climate.
Jurisdiction Nova Scotia, 2004 | Ontario, 2003
Language(s) English, French
Office(s) Ottawa, Toronto

Andrew House practises in the areas of Government Relations and Political Law with a focus on the impact of national and cyber security considerations in federally-regulated industries and transactions.

For over two decades, Andrew has provided strategic and legal advice to corporate clients, organizational leaders, policy developers, and lawmakers. Andrew served from 2010 to 2015 as Chief of Staff to successive ministers of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness, working with his team to manage some of the most critical files facing the Government of Canada in the areas of national security, policing, borders & trade, and disaster response. These included foreign direct investment, cybersecurity, irregular migration, and anti-terrorism.

Andrew worked directly on multiple high-impact national security reviews under the Investment Canada Act, collaborating with key players in the defence and security corridor of government and guiding the decision making-process into the cabinet room. His experience cuts across multiple sectors of the Canadian economy from pharma, tech and telecoms, and construction, to oil & gas, mining, and finance.

With a reputation for collaboration and concise analysis of complex matters, Andrew draws on deep expertise in policy development, national security, and government relations to help clients navigate the expectations of government in the protection of critical infrastructure and safety of citizens. He also advises on political law compliance, including lobbyist registration and government ethics.

Andrew began his career in 2003 as an advisor on arms control and justice reform to the United Nations Mission to Kosovo, after which he returned to Canada as criminal defence and civil litigation counsel. Andrew is a Governor of the University of Ottawa, a Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, a member of the Foreign Investment Review Committee of the Canadian Bar Association, and serves as a faculty member with the Institute of Corporate Directors. He has appeared in national print and broadcast media as a commentator on justice, borders, emergency response, and national security.





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  • LLB Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University
  • BA Dalhousie University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Law Society of Ontario (2003-present)
  • Member, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (2004-present)
  • Member, Foreign Investment Review Committee, Canadian Bar Association (2018-present)
  • Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute (2018-present)

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