About Mike Colledge President, Canada
Ipsos Public Affairs

Mike Colledge joined Ipsos Reid in 1997 after more than 12 years of working within both social and economic portfolios of the Government of Canada. Mike's background and expertise covers all facets of public and private sector communications as well as government policy development.

Since joining Ipsos Reid, Mike has worked on hundreds of qualitative and quantitative studies and projects. The policy and program objectives that Mike's work has supported have ranged from encouraging people to donate blood or stop smoking to positioning and communicating the Government of Canada's annual budget.

Currently he works with most of the major Federal Departments as well as a number of large national associations and private sector clients. Mike provides advice and counsel to his clients on a wide range of public affairs, communications and policy issues. He helps clients conduct and use public opinion research to gain a better understanding of their target audience and to translate this understanding into efficient and effective policies, programs, communications strategies and marketing initiatives.

Articles by Mike Colledge

Breaking Down Barriers and Encouraging Greater Participation on the Internet

Last week, we presented findings from our new syndicated study, Participation in the Digital Economy, to a group of clients and media in the Toronto office. The study looks at accessing the Internet at home and, more importantly, barriers to access and increased participation. While access may not be the issue it once was, with…


Infographic: Mental Health on the Minds of Canadians

Ahead of mental health week, we asked 2,010 Canadians about their experience with mental health issues like stress and depression. The results reveal a disconnect between how Canadians are assessing their own mental state and the actual impact these issues are having on their lives.


Have Your Say on the IMHOIpsos Forum for Engaged Canadians

We ask Canadians all kinds of questions every day. Some questions are for our clients, others are for us. For the most part it’s a one way street – we ask, they answer – which is why this year we launched a new online discussion forum for two-way dialogue on important issues of the day.…


Perils of Perception

Join Darrell Bricker, Global CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs, as he discusses the results of Ipsos’ recent global survey, the Perils of Perception.

This 14 country study looks at how accurate – or inaccurate – people are when asked to estimate basic facts about their population or social issues.


Canadians’ Views on Pension Plans

An aging work force, longer life expectancy, and declining birth rates are changing the retirement equation that Canadians might once have taken for granted. We asked Canadians how much they know about their pension or retirement plan as well as how they feel about their potential retirement income.


Canadians’ Views on Public Consultations

Public consultations are an indispensable element of effective stakeholder relations. At a time when more and more Canadians are expressing their opinions on social media, we wanted to explore how Canadians felt about public consultations in general and how they want to participate in the consultative process.


Mike Colledge | The Success of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been a huge success, raising awareness of the disease and significantly increasing donations. Social media streams were filled with video challenges for months – you’ve likely taken the challenge yourself or know someone who has! So we asked Canadians about their awareness, attitudes and action toward the challenge. Ipsos Reid’s Canadian Public Affairs President, Mike Colledge, shares insights on one of the most viral philanthropic marketing campaigns to date.


Trudeau’s Liberals Gain Momentum: Are Canadians Ready for Change?

Since the 2011 federal election Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have gained in intended vote from 19% to 38% and now lead Stephen Harper’s Conservatives (31%) by 7 points.

Trudeau’s 19 point gain comes from both the Conservatives (down 9 points) and the NDP (24%) down 7 points since the 2011 election.

If the magic number for a majority is 40% the Liberals under Trudeau are in striking distance but does the Liberal rise represent a shift in Canadian’s expectations of government? Do we want the Liberals back in power because we have come to the realization that there is value in government? Do we believe that the problems we face, be they, declining health services, income inequality, global warming or an economy that is slow to create jobs across the country will be solved by a more active government? Or are we merely tired of the old and looking for a new style of leader and government?


The Evolution of Social Media Discussing Politics and Public Policy (2010-2014)

After more than a decade of sharing, the social media landscape continues to evolve with multiple platforms competing for our attention. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are becoming household names and a space for conversation on a range of topics. Over the past four years, the number of Canadians discussing social issues, public policy and politics online has grown sharply.


Freedom 55, 65 or 75? Majority of Canadians Worry about Retirement Income

Save more and spend less. Seems like simple, straightforward advice for saving for the golden years, right?

The reality is an aging work force, longer life expectancy and declining birth rates are changing the retirement equation for Canadians. Those factors combined with stagnant and unpredictable economic conditions for the foreseeable future have majority of Canadians worried about being financially ready for retirement.