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Kim Furlong

Director, Federal Government Affairs & Policy, Amgen

Kim Furlong joined Amgen Canada as Director, Federal Government Affairs & Policy in 2008. Ms. Furlong leads Amgen’s health policy efforts both federally and provincially and is the national government affairs lead in the nation’s capital. She also oversees stakeholder relations for Amgen. In her previous role, she held the position of Vice President Federal Government Relations for the Retail Council of Canada.

Before entering the private sector, she occupied the position of Director of Communications to the Foreign Affairs Minister, the Hon. Pierre S. Pettigrew. Prior to joining Minister Pettigrew's office, she spent two years advising the Honorable James. S. Peterson, then International Trade Minister on trade policy issues such as aerospace, intellectual property, and emerging markets, namely India.

Ms. Furlong began her career in the public service by contracting her services to the Government of Canada in the field of communications. She was a member of the communication division of G8 Summit Office in Kananaskis and was a member of the crisis communication team that handled the initial BSE outbreak in Canada. Her work and that of her team was recognized and awarded the Head of the Public Service Award.

Actively engaged, Furlong is a member of Equal Voice, a multi-partisan action committee devoted to the still-bold idea that more women must be elected to every level of government in Canada.

Ms. Furlong is a member of the Canada2020 advisory Board, a nonpartisan progressive think tank and member of the Board of the Ottawa Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM). 

Ms. Furlong is also the former President of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs Alumni Association where she received a Masters degree in Trade Policy and Global Finance. She is also an alumni of McGill University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in American history. 

A Quebec native, Furlong was born and raised in the picturesque town of Percé on the Gaspé Peninsula. She now lives in Toronto with her husband Howie and her twin boys, Emmett and Theodore.