Edward Banayoti has a distinguished record of ethical leadership. He is the Founder of Defence Unlimited International and the outgoing CEO of the Canadian League of Lobbyists & Advocacy Professionals (Canada)and the Canadian Association of Political Consultants.
Edward Banayoti is a registered Lobbyist in Canada, Federally & Provincially (Ontario). He is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of business ethics, with his extensive experience of more than 15 years in the fields of intelligence, international security, and diplomacy as a trusted advisor at the highest governmental levels.Read More
Edward Banayoti established the Canadian League of Lobbyists & Advocacy Professionals, the only establishment in Canada that organized lobbyists, and was born from this recognition of the stature of lobbying as a profession. Initially, the League was an unincorporated association of lobbyists who chose to meet once or twice a month to discuss issues that affected lobbyists as professionals in order to increase their skill and competency without regard to the clients or causes for which the individual lobbyists worked.
At that early stage in the League’s history, the members debated whether the League should retain the word “lobbyists” in its name. Some members feared that the opprobrium too often associated with the term “lobbyists” by media outlets and others would hinder the development of the League’s work in increasing the professionalism of lobbyists. Then, and in other instances in which the issue has been raised, League members have rejected overwhelmingly the notion of avoiding the term “lobbyist.”Read More