Jonathan Kalles has spent over a decade working in federal, provincial and municipal government relations and public affairs in Québec, and has over 15 years’ experience building relationships with key political and business stakeholders in Montréal, Québec City, Ottawa and across Canada.

Jonathan is fully bilingual, with a keen understanding of the machinery of government and regulatory frameworks. His vast network includes elected and senior government officials from all political parties.

Prior to joining McMillan, Jonathan served as Québec advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. This followed two years as senior Québec advisor to three federal ministers. He has been active in political campaigns for over 25 years and most recently played a leading role in the 2019 Liberal Party of Canada campaign team in Québec. Earlier in his career, Jonathan practised corporate and commercial law in Montréal, and is a member of the Barreau du Québec.

In addition to his strategic, goal-oriented approach to problem solving, Jonathan is known for his ability to adapt to different situations, and his advanced communications and leadership skills.

Jonathan has served on a number of charitable and non-profit boards, and is a regular media commentator on Québec, Canadian and American politics. He is also a member of the national public affairs firm McMillan Vantage Policy Group.



Education & Admissions

Called to the Québec bar
BCL & LLB McGill University
BA, Political Science and HistoryMcGill University

Insights (5 Posts)

Featured Insight

Bill 96 – Dates To Remember And Top Five (5) Take-Aways From The Amendment Process

Québec adopted Bill 96, a reform of Québec’s language laws in the province will come into force June 1, 2022. Here are the main changes and a timeline.

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May 30, 2022
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Open Banking: What it is and what it means for you

As we have received a number of questions from clients regarding our open banking bulletins, we are putting together an interdisciplinary panel of experts to take a deep dive into the implications of an open banking system in Canada, exciting developments & expectations for further progression.

Thursday, June 2, 2022
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Addressing Unique Challenges Faced by Federally Regulated Employers

Federally regulated employers have had to adapt to a number of legal changes and challenges in recent years. This virtual workshop will focus on how to address some of the unique challenges faced by federally regulated employers.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
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Canada’s new mandatory 100% ZEV target is a rapid charge forward.
What we think this announcement means for OEMs, Canadian industry, and more

Canada has announced a mandatory 2035 target for 100% ZEV sales. McMillan and McMillan Vantage Policy Group share what this may mean for OEMs, industry and more.

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Jul 12, 2021
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BILL 96 – Top 10 Impacts of the Revised Charter of the French Language on your Business and When to Expect Implementation of Such Revisions

Changes to Québec’s language laws are coming. Here is a top ten list of potential impacts, and the likely timeline and process for adoption.

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May 19, 2021