A seasoned political and public policy professional, Omar brings focused experience in strategy development for effective public affairs and crisis communications. He has more than 15 years of experience working on issues of public policy, stakeholder management, and communications bringing a deep understanding of the inner workings of government and politics having spent more than a decade working at senior levels of the Ontario government, as well as federal and provincial election campaigns. With a diverse policy background across healthcare, economics, regulatory affairs, and labour relations, Omar has a proven track record developing complex policy proposals, building stakeholder coalitions and leading communications plans.
Most recently, Omar served as Chief of Staff to the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care where he was responsible for, among other things, providing insights and counsel on emerging issues, strategic decisions and policy development to the Minister, Premier’s Office and other Cabinet members. He has also worked as Chief of Staff at the Office of the Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, and at the Office of the Minister of Government Services. He has been Senior Policy and Stakeholder Relations Advisor with the Offices of the Attorney General of Ontario, the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and the Minister of Labour.
Omar holds a bachelors degree in political science from the University of Western Ontario, is an advisor to Cannabis Amnesty and sits on the board of directors of Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana.