Dimitri Soudas

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Dimitri Soudas
Dimitri Soudas and Sidney Crosby Vancouver 2010.jpg
Dimitri Soudas (left) with Sidney Crosby
Director of Communications, Prime Minister's Office
In office
2010 – September 5, 2011
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Preceded by John Williamson
Succeeded by Angelo Persichilli
Press Secretary, Prime Minister's Office
In office
2006–2010
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Preceded by Melanie Gruer
Succeeded by Sara MacIntyre
Andrew MacDougall
Personal details
Born (1979-07-10) July 10, 1979 (age 35)
Montreal, Quebec
Political party Conservative (2003-2015);
Liberal (2015-present)
Other political
affiliations
Canadian Alliance
Profession Communications Executive

Dimitri Soudas (born July 10, 1979) is a former Director of Communications in the Canadian Prime Minister's Office and former Executive Director of the Conservative Party of Canada.[1]

Early life[edit]

Soudas was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, to Greek parents.[2] He completed a degree in health sciences at Dawson College and studied biochemistry at Concordia University. Soudas also holds a Masters Degree from Simon Fraser University

Personal life[edit]

He has 3 children with his first wife.[citation needed] His fiancee is MP Eve Adams.

Political career[edit]

PMO Press Secretary[edit]

Soudas moved to Ottawa in 2002, shortly after Harper became leader of the Canadian Alliance and Leader of the Official Opposition. He is also the longest-serving communication staff in Harper's entourage. When Harper became Prime Minister after the 2006 federal election, Soudas joined him in government, initially as press secretary.

In 2008 an investigation by The Globe and Mail and CBC News uncovered allegations that Soudas politically interfered in a pair of political dossiers. Soudas admitted his involvement but has denied any wrongdoing in the matter.[3] On June 4, 2008, Mary Dawson, the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner issued a report clearing Soudas from any wrongdoing in the matter.[4]

In 2009 Soudas was forced to apologize for providing incorrect information to Prime Minister Stephen Harper regarding statements attributed to Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff. At the G8 on the world stage, Harper was obliged to retract his statements about domestic political matters in the midst of a meeting surrounding the world's current economic crisis.[5]

On March 13, 2010, Soudas's American counterpart Robert Gibbs wore a Canadian hockey sweater, after Gibbs lost a friendly bet to him regarding the victories of national ice hockey teams of both men and women at the 2010 Winter Olympics.[6]

Prime Minister of Canada's Director of Communications and Chief Spokesman[edit]

He was promoted to Director of Communications in spring 2010, following the resignation of John Williamson.

On June 1, Soudas revealed he would be stepping down as Harper's chief spokesman on September 5, 2011 to focus on his family.[7] He was succeeded by Angelo Persichilli.[8]

Conservative Party of Canada Executive Director[edit]

In December 2013, the Conservative Party of Canada's National Council confirmed Soudas as the new Executive Director, replacing Dan Hilton. Soudas was rumoured to have been personally asked by Prime Minister Harper to take the job.[9] On March 30, 2014, Soudas was told to step down or be fired as Executive Director after allegedly trying to interfere with his fiancee Eve Adams' nomination to be the Conservative Party of Canada's candidate in the riding of Oakville North—Burlington.[1][10]

Political future[edit]

In January 2015, Soudas was the subject of an attempt to draft him as a potential Conservative candidate in the Oakville North—Burlington riding which Adams had sought but declined to state whether or not he was interested.[11] On February 9, 2015, Adams crossed the floor to join the Liberal Party of Canada on February 9, 2015.[12] Soudas stated that he "fully support[s]" her decision to join the Liberals;[13] it was reported that he would assist her campaign,[14] but not have any formal role in the Liberal election campaign, and that he helped broker the deal between Adams and the Liberals.[15]

Private sector career[edit]

Canadian Olympic Committee Executive Director[edit]

On September 28, 2011, Soudas announced that he will become the Executive Director, Communications for the Canadian Olympic Committee.[16] His role is to provide overall direction, management and a strategic view for all COC communication activities, both internally and externally. He will be the key corporate spokesperson responsible for managing its brand message, playing a key role in driving communications strategies with its stakeholder and partner groups: athletes, National Sports Federation's (NSF's), Organizing Committees, Sport Canada, broadcast partners, and business partners. He will be managing the COC communications team and is the lead communications representative at Olympic Games.[17]

Stampede Group Managing Partner[edit]

In September 2014, Dimitri Soudas joined Stampede Group, as a Managing Partner.

International Economic Forum of the Americas Chief Operating Officer[edit]

In December 2014, Dimitri Soudas joined International Economic Forum of the Americas, as Chief Operating Officer while remaining Managing Partner of Stampede Group.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/dimitri-soudas-out-as-conservative-party-executive-director-1.2592198
  2. ^ http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/still-on-message/
  3. ^ "PMO spokesman denies political interference". CBC News, January 30, 2008.
  4. ^ "The Soudas Examination". Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, June 4, 2008.
  5. ^ "Harper misfires in Ignatieff attack". Toronto Star, July 10, 2009.
  6. ^ "The hockey sweater, White House style". CBC News, March 12, 2010.
  7. ^ "Harper aide Soudas calls it quits". Toronto Star, June 1, 2011.
  8. ^ "Harper finds new communication director in ranks of ethnic media". The Globe and Mail, August 31, 2011.
  9. ^ http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/conservative-party-names-former-pmo-spokesperson-as-new-executive-director-1.1579365
  10. ^ Sonja Puzio (March 30, 2014). "Dimitri Soudas out of top Conservative Job". CTV News. 
  11. ^ "Team that backed scandal-plagued nomination of Eve Adams now wants her fiancé to run instead". National Post. January 28, 2015. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Eve Adams, former Conservative MP, joins Liberal caucus". In doing so, she cited poor economic planning, leadership, and morality issues with the Stephen Harper government. CBC News, February 9, 2015
  13. ^ https://twitter.com/D_Soudas/status/564867569836765184
  14. ^ "Conservative MP Eve Adams and partner Dimitri Soudas cross floor to Liberals". Globe and Mail. February 9, 2015. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Eve Adams's defection followed tense meeting with Stephen Harper". CBC News. February 9, 2015. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Former Harper spokesman Soudas joins Canadian Olympic Committee". National Post, September 28, 2011.
  17. ^ "Canadian Olympic Committee Names Dimitri Soudas Executive Director, Communications". Canadian Olympic Committee, September 28, 2011.