Who We Are

About Composite Public Affairs Inc.

Composite Public Affairs Inc. was founded in the summer of 2017 by a group of political veterans well-versed in the vagaries of B.C.’s ever-changing politics – and well-equipped with practical experience from service in a number of political parties.   


Together, Composite’s principals have a wealth of experience in public office, policy research and political campaigns, with a combined history of more than a century in B.C.’s public arenas.   


Our primary role will be to encourage informed dialogue and intelligent discussion on policies, issues and events.   


To that end we intend to offer a suite of services and products – including conferences, research papers and much more – designed to promote a better understanding of public affairs and the issues which affect all British Columbians, their families and businesses.   


We also seek to provide clients and others with knowledgeable insight into government policies, personnel and decision-making, as well as an over-arching understanding of British Columbia’s broad public affairs. The Composite approach is unique, based on the belief that the best representative of your issue, your organization or your company, is you.   


If you have an interest or concern regarding public affairs, politics or government in British Columbia, send us an email or give us a call. We would be pleased to hear from you.  

Principals

Sue Hammell - Chair and Executive Vice-President

Sue has had a three decade-plus career in B.C. politics. A school teacher by profession, she served as executive assistant to Bob Bose, who first won election to the Mayor’s office in Surrey in 1988.


In 1991, Sue was elected to British Columbia’s Legislative Assembly as MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers, and she was returned again five years later.


She first was appointed to cabinet in 1995 as the Minister of Housing, Recreation and Consumer Services, and after winning re-election in 1996 she was named as the Minister of Women’s Equality.


In 2000, she became the Minister of Multiculturalism and Immigration.


Sue was re-elected to the legislature in 2005, 2009 and 2013, and while a member of the Official Opposition she served as critic for portfolios such as Health Services, Mental Health and Addictions, and Community Services.


Sue announced her retirement from elective politics in the spring of 2017.



Will McMartin - President

Will has been an active in provincial, federal and municipal politics since the 1970s, overseeing election campaigns for the BC Social Credit Party and the federal Progressive Conservative Party, among others. He also has served as a legislative and political aide with provincial governments in B.C. and Manitoba.


In addition to providing public affairs and government relations services to a large number of public- and private-sector entities over the course of his career, Will also has served as the publisher and contributing editor to several newsletters including British Columbia Politics & Policy, The Election Pollster and The Pacific Political Report


For many years he was a political commentator and pundit with CBC Television and Radio, CKNW Radio in Vancouver and CFAX Radio in Victoria. From 2004 to 2015 he was a featured political columnist with The Tyee.



Kristy Fredericks - Vice-President, Public Relations & Events

Born and raised in Edmonton, Kristy graduated from the University of Alberta and later moved to B.C. She has been active in provincial and federal politics for the last decade.


For many years Kristy has been actively involved in event-planning, including major conferences and trade shows for non-profit and corporate organizations. She also has served as a policy researcher and communications specialist, and consulted extensively with the medical industry.



Jason Craik - Vice-President, Government Relations