Ashley Csanady is an experienced strategic consultant with the sharp pen and political instincts required to cut through complex government relations and public relations challenges.
As a Vice President at McMillan Vantage, Ashley leads client files across sectors, including natural resources, technology, agri-food, education and infrastructure. She has a keen eye for all sides of an issue and crafting narratives that land with the right audience at the right time, whether for political decision makers, stakeholders, the media or the public.
Ashley holds than 15-years experience, with a career spanning newsrooms, government, and the not-profit and private sectors. She spent a decade as a reporter covering municipal, provincial and federal politics and public policy. Ashley hosted podcasts and radio shows, and she continues to provide regular commentary on Ontario and federal politics.
She left journalism to serve in the office of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. After the 2018 election, she consulted in the cannabis sector during the legalization process. She then joined the Nuclear Waste Management Organization as senior writer and editor, where she leveraged her ability to make complex, technical content accessible to general audiences and honed her understanding of long-term environmental infrastructure projects. Today, Ashley remains an active volunteer with the Ontario Liberal Party, is co-leading communications on a provincial party leadership campaign, and serves a Director on her local riding association for the Liberal Party of Canada.
Ashley graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English literature and rhetoric with a minor in history. She also earned a Master of Journalism degree from Toronto Metropolitan University, where she later taught in their undergraduate program as a sessional lecturer. This past summer, Ashley joined McMaster University as a sessional instructor in its Master of Public Policy in Digital Society Program.
Her work has appeared in the National Post, the CBC, Vice Media, Queen’s Park Briefing, iPolitics, among others.
In her spare time, Ashley is a cork dork and Certified Sommelier under the Court of Master Sommeliers.