About Us

Firm Philosophy

In Washington, D.C. change is the only constant.  Since 2000 political party control of the Executive Branch of government has changed twice, creating dramatic shifts in federal policy. Political party control of the U.S. House of Representatives has changed twice.  In the U.S. Senate, party control has changed three times. Elections matter!  And, with each change of power multiple opportunities are created.  So are potential threats.


Today’s value placed on government and regulatory action, or inaction, can reach as high as 30 percent of earnings for most companies according to some studies. For highly regulated sectors, the impact on earnings is greater. With as much as one-third of earnings at stake, it is imperative  that you engage in government relations with the integration of technology and collaboration at the forefront of your advocacy plan. 


Advocacy in Washington is also changing.  At Cansler Consulting, we use new technologies and data to help us focus on advocacy strategies that improve our client's return on investment.  But before your company executes an advocacy plan, it is important to note: formulating policies is a gradual process, usually progressing in small steps. The processes of re-evaluating federal public policy requires time and this is the main reason that consistency and stability in a government relations advocacy plan is critical.


Effective advocacy is strongly linked to relationships and a measured persistence in advocating your issue(s), not just for one, or two sessions of Congress, but on an ongoing basis. Companies oftentimes find themselves scrambling to respond to a regulatory compliance issue, a government program funding matter or harmful legislative initiative. Cansler Consulting helps clients execute a stable and focused Advocacy Plan that best position them to make timely decisions that capitalize on opportunities and/or reduce or eliminate downside risks of government policies.

Government Relations

Talented, professional people make up our government. Whether they are working inside a federal agency, in the halls of Congress, or at the  White House, these professionals care about how public policy  impacts your business or members of your organization. Building trusted  relationships with people in government is the heart of government  relations. 


At Cansler Consulting, our decades of knowledge and  experience will help you in building trusted relationships with government officials responsible for issues including:

  •  annual appropriations and budget,
  • agriculture, 
  • economic development,
  • food safety,
  • infrastructure,  
  • international trade, and
  • transportation.

We tailor professional Advocacy Plans for each client that address their specific needs.  Components of  our Advocacy Plans include: 

  • Research Facts/Data,
  •  Identifying key Members of Congress & respective congressional districts,
  • Assessing politics of the district,
  • Message Development/Delivery, 
  • Press opportunities,
  • Social media, 
  • Developing coalitions, and
  • Mobilizing grassroots.

Federal Regulations

Are you concerned about the regulatory and government compliance rules for your industry? According to the Office of the Federal Register the hundreds of federal departments, agencies and commissions issue between 2,500 and 4,500 federal regulations each year.  The Congressional Review Act  mandates federal agencies to send final rules to Congress prior to the rule taking effect.  It also categorizes regulations as “major,” “economically  significant,” or “significant.” A regulation impacting the economy by $100 million, or over is considered a "major rule."  


It is estimated that each year government regulations globally can impact industries by trillions of dollars. We can help develop an effective strategy for engaging government and lessening the impacts on your business and ensure you are in compliance with federal regulations. 

Our Network

Tim Cansler, Founder & Chief Strategist

Tim Cansler is the Founder and Chief Strategist for Cansler Consulting. Tim  has two decades of senior-level experience  working with Members of Congress and their staff and in the Executive Branch. Tim served in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as an advisor to sub-cabinet level officials on farm policy, domestic and international trade, animal and plant health, marketing and transportation. During his time at USDA, Tim was recognized for his work as a recipient of the Administrator's Award for Policy Implementation of the 2002 Farm Bill. 


Cansler Consulting serves several industry sectors including food and agriculture, international trade, environment, transportation and infrastructure.

The Honorable Bill Hawks, Strategic Advisor, Government Relations

 Bill Hawks joined Cansler Consulting in June 2016 as a strategic advisor and counselor. He is President of Ag Works Solutions, providing government relations strategies to Fortune 500 companies and non-profit groups. Prior to founding Ag Works Solutions, Bill served as a sub-cabinet level Undersecretary at the  US Department of Agriculture’s Marketing and Regulatory Services. Bill managed a $3 billion portfolio including three federal Agencies that oversee marketing, transportation and domestic and international trade. Bill is a former State Senator in the Mississippi Legislature and is known for his leadership on multiple economic development issues. 

Jay Poole, Strategic Advisor, Public Relations

  

Jay Poole is the founder of Common Sense Strategies. He joined Cansler Consulting as a strategic advisor for public relations in May 2016. Jay has 30 years of experience in government relations, corporate communications and strategy. Jay is not afraid to take on tough projects. He has successfully helped Fortune 100 corporations with some of the most difficult challenges in U.S. history. Jay has been nationally recognized for his stakeholder engagements and won several awards, foremost a Silver Anvil Award of Excellence from the Public Relations Society of America. 

All of Jay's professional and personal experiences were called to action in April of 2007 when he supported his Alma Mater in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings. Initially engaged as a volunteer to support communications efforts, he subsequently accepted a lead role in the University's recovery efforts.