In recognition of an exemplary career and service to community, St. Paul’s and Waterloo.
William Pristanski (BMath '78), one of Canada's most experienced and respected public affairs strategists, spent close to a decade working in the highest levels of the Government of Canada.
From 1983 to 1987, he served as Executive Assistant to then prime minister Brian Mulroney, and from 1987 to 1991, he held the position of Chief of Staff for the Solicitor General, the President of the Treasury Board, and the Minister of Environment.
As Chief of Staff to the Minister of the Environment, Bill spearheaded the policy development and Cabinet approval process for Canada’s Green Plan and the Environmental Assessment Act.
Following his time in government, Bill formed Prospectus Associates, a government relations and public affairs consulting firm.
Equally as impressive as his career accomplishments are the many ways Bill has served the community through volunteerism and philanthropy. In 2013, Bill was named Board Chair for the Terry Fox Foundation, the first non-family member to hold the position. In 2015, Bill raised more than $36,000 for the Terry Fox Run, bringing his personal total to more than $465,000 in 35 years.
Bill's connection to St. Paul's began in 1973 when he lived here as a first-year student and the connection has remained strong ever since. Bill is a supporter and volunteer at the annual St. Paul's Masters Golf Tournament, he has chaired a St. Paul's capital fundraising campaign, and he has hosted many St. Paul's alumni events in Ottawa.
In 2015, Bill joined the University of Waterloo Board of Governors.