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Our team has worked with every level of government and the private sector.

We’re serious about using our experience to help clients understand, connect with and win support from decision makers.

Monte Solberg

Monte Solberg

Principal

 The Honourable Monte Solberg, P.C., brings knowledge and deep political experience to the table.  

Raised in Drumheller, Alberta and Rosetown, Saskatchewan, Monte started his career as General Manager of CHUM Radio Alberta before becoming the Member of Parliament for Medicine Hat, a position he held for 15 years. In 2006 Prime Minister Harper appointed him to cabinet as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. He later served as Minister of Human Resources and Social Development. 

As Minister, Monte focused on helping Canadians become more self-reliant. He implemented programs designed to help newcomers, students, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, and older workers learn new job skills. He oversaw major reforms to Employment Insurance, Post-Secondary Education Funding, and Aboriginal Housing. He was also the minister responsible for the Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC). 

Monte continues to speak on public policy issues across Canada and internationally and he has written for the National Post, the CBC, Sun Media and the Globe and Mail. He has served as the Chair of Canada’s International Development Research Centre. He is currently a board member of the Canadian Museum of Nature Foundation. 

Matt Solberg

Matt Solberg

Director

Matt joined the New West Public Affairs team in December 2017 after spending 5.5 years serving in the Opposition Leader’s Office at the Alberta Legislature.

In his role as Principal Secretary to the Leader of the Official Opposition and Director of the Official Opposition Caucus, Matt developed relationships on both sides of the aisle and served as the primary liaison between the opposition and the Office of the Premier.

Matt served as Campaign Chair for the Wildrose Party in the 2015 election, helping develop the team and plan that, at the time, returned Alberta’s largest opposition caucus since 1993. In the spring of 2017, Matt worked with representatives from the Wildrose and PC parties to write the Agreement in Principle that led to the creation of the United Conservative Party of Alberta. Most recently, Matt was seconded to serve as Communications Director for the United Conservative Party in the spring 2019 election.

Michael Solberg

Michael Solberg

Director

Michael provides government relations and strategic communications counsel to clients at New West Public Affairs. Michael provides expertise across many sectors, including healthcare, tech, arts and culture, energy and infrastructure.

Born and raised in Southern Alberta, Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Lethbridge, and holds a post-graduate Professional Certificate in Public Relations from Mount Royal University.

With a special focus on business development, Michael started his career in a leadership role for an international staffing and management consultancy.

From there Michael built expertise in government relations and stakeholder engagement as Stakeholder Relations Advisor to the Federal Minister of Health in Ottawa working on a number of important pan-Canadian policy issues. Michael has led and participated in political campaigns in constituencies across the country including in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. He has deep personal and professional connections in both conservative and progressive parties in many parts of the country, particularly in Alberta and Ottawa.

Michael also served on the Board of Directors for peer-to-peer mental health support group SupportWorks based in Calgary and remains an active volunteer with the Economic Club of Canada.