Don Guy

Vice President


Don Guy is Canada’s most successful Liberal strategist of the past decade according to the Globe and Mail, a “brilliant strategist” and a “policy wizard”, according to the Toronto Star.

He rose from research analyst to President & CEO at Pollara Strategic Insights. In between, Don served as Chief of Staff to the Premier of Ontario from 2003-2006. He is a founding partner in the Canadian public affairs advisory boutique Kool Topp & Guy Inc. In those roles, Don has provided the research and strategies that have fuelled some of the most successful public affairs campaigns in Canada.

Don's research-driven counsel has helped candidates win hundreds of local, provincial and federal races and leadership campaigns since 1993.

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, he served on the research and advertising team for the Liberal Party of Canada's three consecutive election victories between 1993 and 2000.

Under the leadership of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, he became the first campaign director since the 1800s to engineer three consecutive election victories for the Ontario Liberal Party in 2003, 2007 and 2011.

In 2013, Don designed what Macleans calls “the most incredible comeback in recent (Canadian) political history” as chief strategist for Premier Christy Clark’s British Columbia Liberals.

Don is treasurer of the InterAction Council of Former Heads of State and Government, an international NGO think tank, and Vice President of the Canadian Club of Toronto. Don's graduate academic training was at the University of Toronto, where he took his MA and doctoral studies in political and democratic behaviour.