In his role as Senior Counsel, Paul leads the Sussex Permitting & Development Group (“Sussex PDG”), a new specialty practice engaged in facilitating permitting, applications and development for a variety of industry groups including but not limited to OOH media, signage and building applications & permits. His specialty is in the development, legislative zoning and financial planning for Out of Home Media (“OOH”) but also includes signage at major automotive centres, billboards, and city transit street furniture.
Paul has amassed a remarkable 22-year career, serving as Vice President of Development & Government Affairs at a leading North American out-of-home (OOH) firm. During this time, he has made significant contributions to the development of world-class media programs, including the iconic digital LED displays at Dundas Square in Toronto, which are the largest in Canada. Paul also played a crucial role in the management and operation of digital mall media across Cadillac Fairview's portfolio, transforming static programs into dynamic digital assets.
His expertise extends to airport advertising, where he was instrumental in the creation of the former CBC NewsExpress, showcased in major Canadian airports, as well as the digitization of Union Station during its renovation. Notably, Paul's advocacy efforts were pivotal in the adoption of the Ministry of Finance's OOH Media asset taxation methodology, resulting in significant savings of over 100 million dollars for the OOH industry while ensuring its ongoing sustainability. His extensive experience and accomplishments demonstrate his profound impact on the growth and success of the OOH sector.
Prior to Sussex, Paul served as President of Seaman & Associates. A north American lobbying firm specializing in out-of-home media company concerns where he had the pleasure of representing many of North America’s largest OOH firms. Paul was also formerly Vice President of Government Affairs for the world’s largest transit/recycling bench advertising firm, where he played an important role in the firm’s earlier stages of development. His previous experiences also include managing radio stations and formal studies in business, advertising, public relations, and music.
Outside of work, he enjoys all things music having studied to be a classical violinist. He frequently plays guitar, jazz piano, and loves anything to do with boating, golf, and animals.