Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Vice President, Federal Government Relations

Eric is a seasoned professional with nearly 20 years of experience in government relations, communications, and management. Throughout his career, Eric has worked with organizations across multiple sectors to achieve their specific strategic goals. He has a strong track record of performance in fast-paced environments and a reputation for building durable relationships with stakeholders through a detailed and personal approach. With a unique perspective on public policy and communications issues and extensive first-hand knowledge of the forestry sector, having led global external affairs for Rayonier Advanced Materials, he is well placed to advance FPAC’s members’ issues with the government.

Eric has held several leadership roles in the private sector, not-for-profits, and associations, where he was responsible for global communications, government relations, and advocacy. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Federal Government Relations for Sussex Strategy Group, representing clients across various sectors and industries. Before that, he led the global external affairs department at Rayonier Advanced Materials, representing the company in front of governments in Canada, the US, and France. Eric also served as the Director of Alberta-Federal Relations for the Government of Alberta, working closely with political and bureaucratic officials in Ottawa. From 2006 to 2011, Eric was a staff member on Parliament Hill, serving as Chief of Staff to Senator Fred J. Dickson and working with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of National Defence.

With his comprehensive understanding of communications principles, the machinery of government, and foreign and intergovernmental relations, Eric has made significant contributions to various organizations. He has served on the boards of Lymphoma Canada, Diabetes Canada, Rayonier Advanced Materials Foundation, Florida Pulp and Paper Association, and the Georgia Paper and Forest Products Association.

Eric lives in Ottawa with his wife and three children. He is committed to using his skills and experience to help clients achieve their goals and make a positive impact in their communities.