WHO WE ARE
The Daisy Group is made up of a strong team of experienced individuals from a range of disciplines.
Warren Kinsella is the President of Daisy. Previously, he was a partner at the law firm of McMillan Binch, in its Public Policy Group, and has also worked as a consultant, journalist and political Chief of Staff. Warren received a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) from Carleton University and his law degree from the University of Calgary; he has also completed executive education courses at Harvard’s law school and its school of business. From 1990 to 1993, Warren held the position of Special Assistant to the Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. In addition, from 1993 to 1996, Warren served as Chief of Staff in a number of federal ministries.
In 2003, 2007, and 2011 he was Chairman of the War Room in the successful Ontario Liberal Party election campaigns; federally, he managed the Liberal Party of Canada’s War Rooms in 1993 and 2000. He is an award-winning author and journalist and has assisted clients on a wide variety of communications, strategic and regulatory matters. His legal practice focuses on aboriginal and governmental affairs, and he is a former member of the executive of the Ontario Bar Association and has sat on the communications committee of the Canadian Bar Association. Warren has been a columnist with the Ottawa Citizen, National Post, Hill Times and Sun media chain, and published his best-seller, The War Room: Political Strategies for Business, NGOs, and Anyone Who Wants To Win, in 2007. His second book in the X series, New Dark Ages: The X Gang, comes out November 2018. This is his eighth book and a follow up to 2017’s Recipe for Hate.
Rob Gilmour has raised over ten million dollars in political donations and partnership programming, launched three successful sponsorship departments and co-authored a political fundraising manual. He has served in senior leadership roles on successful party leadership, central and local campaigns and is often asked to organize or present on panels or conventions.
Rob has been the Executive Director of an organization dedicated to fighting for access to disability benefits and continues to work with a three-time Paralympian and Paralympic gold medalist to spread motivation and hope.
He also spent several years launching and expanding a national car sharing company across Canada. With an equal passion for people and public affairs, Rob graduated as the elected president of his university and high school student councils.
As a proud Brock University graduate, Rob has a degree in English Literature and Language and grew up on a working turkey farm in the heart of the Niagara Region. He’s knocked on over 25,000 rural and urban doors and has been told he's a pretty good GOTV (Get Out the Vote) campaign day chair.
He can be found on the Kinsellacast, on Twitter @gilmourrob or in a client’s War Room near you.
Logan Ross rose to the highest-level positions within the Ontario PC Party. As Principal Secretary, she was trusted to give political advice and direction to the Office of the Leader of the Opposition. As Senior Advisor to the Interim Leader, Logan helped steer the Party through a difficult time.
In 2016, Logan was challenged to lead the Ontario PC Party fundraising initiative. This resulted in a 16-million-dollar success story with the highest annual fundraising total - not only in Ontario PC history, but in the history of political party fundraising in Ontario.
As a campaign operative, Logan has mounted a series of successful campaigns. She has worked to elect current mayors, members of provincial parliament and federal MPs. Senior campaign positions include: 2018 Ontario PC Director of Election Readiness and 2016 Manitoba PC Rural Target Director - which led to the largest majority in Manitoba history.
A confessed workaholic, Logan spends her free time working or with her adorable Old English Sheepdog - Paddington Bear. Logan does manage to find time for the required daily call to her mother to let her know she isn't working too hard.
Find her on Twitter @logantheanna
Ben Kinsella is studying at McGill to pursue Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degrees at McGill University.
Graduating with honours and among the top 10 of his class, Ben is pleased to have the opportunity to learn from the experienced Daisy team – and to be able to finally solve Daisy’s IT issues.
Ben was a Young Liberal Delegate for the Beaches East-York Constituency, and remains an active member of his community here in Toronto, and looks forward to the same while in Montreal. Ben is also a computer programmer fluent in Java. This proficiency resulted in Ben receiving his high school’s Computer Science Award and he was also nominated for the Governor General’s Award for his academic achievements.
Ben is one of Daisy's regular summer students; always ready and willing to help with anything that is needed.
Tom Henheffer is a consultant with expertise in digital media, public and government relations, team-building and strategic development. He is also a human rights advocate, former journalist and entrepreneur.
Tom was formerly Director of News and Digital at VICE Canada and Executive Director of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.
Originally from New Brunswick, Tom has consulted on and helped pass crucial legislation in Canada and Ontario. This includes reforming Bill C-51 and successfully lobbying for Canada’s first Press Shield Law. He helped end a major crackdown on the free press in Croatia which led to the formation of a new, democratically elected government in the country, has successfully advocated for the release of jailed journalists around the world, and has facilitated the disbursement of dozens of life-saving grants to journalists in distress throughout the globe.
As a journalist, Tom has worked on everything from reporting on serial killers to resource extraction to the Toronto International Film Festival. He’s also launched numerous digital and print products including Canada’s first national Web TV program, Macleans.TV and the Toronto Star’s Small Business Section and Star Business Club. A former videographer and small business owner, Tom has also designed, patented and licenced innovative products for shooting video with digital SLRs.
Zack Babins began his political career in high school, serving as a chief strategist, cabinet minister and communications director for a model parliament. He’s been hooked on politics ever since. He is the Daisy team's senior Zack/h.
Zack is a proud graduate of the University of Guelph, having completed a major in political science and a minor in philosophy, while holding a full-time job volunteering in the campus Jewish community and serving in leadership roles for several campus organizations. He is also an alumnus of Seneca College, holding a post-graduate certificate in Public Relations and Corporate Communications.
He has worked in a variety of roles, industries and locations, including on Parliament Hill and in several non-profit and community-based organizations all over the world.
Zack is a natural storyteller and writer who is passionate about constructing compelling and effective narratives.
You can find Zack on Twitter @zackbabins