Executive Council is in charge of providing research, analysis, records management and policy advice to the Cabinet. They coordinate policy development and government communications. They are in charge of coordinating the management of relations with Canadian and foreign jurisdictions and are responsible for trade policy. They also coordinate manage matters relating to official protocol, provincial honours, awards and French language. They also provide administration services to the Lieutenant Governor and support to the Premier.
Executive Council did not use consultants in the two historic comparative years examined, 2005-2006 and 2008-2009. In 2012-13 they contracted Vancouver-based IT and management consultants Sierra Systems ($145,306). Also on the list was Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, a U.S. law firm on a multi-year contract to lobby Washington on behalf of the province ($51,570).
The following year, $121,663 was spent on payments to Seattle-based Pacific Northwest Economic Region, an inter-governmental networking and lobbying group, and to Blast Radius, a communications consulting firm headquartered in Chicago with an office in Vancouver.
In summary, the following firms were included in payments of the last two available years, 2013-2014 and 2012-2013:
- Sierra Systems (Information and management consulting, $145,306)
- Blast Radius (Social marketing/creative digital strategies, $70,093)
- Pacific Northwest Economic Region (Policy coordination, lobbying and “models of success,” $51,570)
- Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough (Lobbyists, $102,024)
No outside firms were used in 2005-2006 or 2008-2009.