Mark Marissen is a public affairs strategist and entrepreneur who has helped countless clients win their case in the court of public opinion since he founded Burrard Strategy in 1998.
Mark has worked across Canada for Prime Ministers, Premiers, Opposition Leaders, Members of Parliament, Members of the Legislative Assembly, and municipal leaders, helping them to do what it takes to win.
Over the years, Mark Marissen has been called “wonderkid“, a “west coast power player“, “one of the sharpest political minds in the province, if not the country“, a “powerhouse” and “the Rainmaker“: Marissen was also featured by the Vancouver Sun as one of five “British Columbians worth watching” as the government changed in Ottawa.
Mark is also a Senior Advisor to McMillan Vantage Policy Group, a national public affairs firm affiliated with McMillan, a leading Canadian business law firm.
Mark was co-founder of Pacific Future Energy Corporation, a company dedicated to co-creating a near-zero net carbon emissions refinery, on the northwest coast of B.C., in full partnership with First Nations. In 2018, he helped create YES Vancouver, a new “YIMBY” municipal political party devoted to solving Vancouver’s housing crisis by addressing exclusionary single-family zoning.
Mark has BA in Political Science from Carleton University and lives in Vancouver with his wife Maryam and their three kids.