Yaroslav Baran is a leader in our Communications practice, dedicating his energies to strategic communications mapping, executive speech writing, and crisis management. He also leads Earnscliffe’s media training practice in Ottawa. He advises many clients on government relations, and is also Earnscliffe’s senior parliamentary advisor with an esoteric, unique understanding of House of Commons procedure.
Yaroslav Baran joined Earnscliffe after more than a decade of government experience in political communications and parliamentary affairs, having served most recently in the federal government as Chief of Staff to the Government House Leader.
Mr. Baran served as Director of Communications in former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s leadership campaign. He also directed the Conservative Party’s communications and media relations during the 2004, 2006 and 2008 national election campaigns as Senior Communications Advisor and Director of War Room Communications.
He started his career managing parliamentary procedural matters in the Office of the Chief Opposition Whip, before becoming legislative assistant to a senior Ontario Member of Parliament. He was later appointed Senior Communications Manager in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition under Mr. Harper – a position he held for several years, rebuilding the communications apparatus of the new Conservative Party of Canada caucus and leader’s office.
He joined Earnscliffe in 2007, and was asked a year later by the prime minister to help the government by serving as Chief of Staff to the Government Whip, and subsequently, as Chief of Staff to the Government House Leader. He rejoined Earnscliffe in 2010.
In addition to his governmental and public affairs work, Mr. Baran has also helped lead a number of democratic development projects, from Eastern Europe to Africa to Southeast Asia.
The Hamilton native is a frequent media commentator on federal political affairs.