Our Team

David Herle, LL.B.

David Herle, LL.B.

Principal Partner

Long-time strategist and pollster, known simply as Herle to many, loves all things music and sports but nothing fills his heart more than his Border Collie, Ryder (gleefully named after the Saskatchewan Roughriders). His unique laugh pierces most boardroom walls and his stature makes it easy to find him in a crowd. His podcast, The Herle Burly, is one of Canada’s leading public affairs pods and can be found at www.theherleburly.com.

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416.644.4126

Alexander Swann

Alexander Swann

Principal Partner

A devoted fan of the Buffalo Bills and Toronto Blue Jays, Alex pines for the return of the Montreal Expos and 70’s Canadian kitsch. He has been solving problems for clients, particularly in the fields of communications and issues management as well as for regulated sectors and businesses, for over fifteen years. He loves puns, cassette tapes, and politics.

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416.644.4125

Melissa Branco

Melissa Branco

Manager, Client Accounts & Operations

Anybody who has dealt with The Gandalf Group has met Melissa, who is the straw that stirs the drink here. Anything from “where do I find Herle” to how to organize your media buy, Melissa is your person. Melissa enjoys a good DJ, party games, and her volunteer work with the John Howard Society of Toronto.

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416.644.4137

Kyla Ronellenfitsch

Kyla Ronellenfitsch

Senior Consultant

Kyla is a proud native of Humboldt, Saskatchewan and is constantly engaged in an existential struggle between her roots and her growing liberalism. She enjoys education and learning, and the fight for female equality in politics.

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613.816.9467

Marina Mandic

Marina Mandic

Market Research Analyst

Every research company needs a propeller head, and Marina is ours. Beloved for the Serbian home cooking she brings to the office and for making sure we don’t read anything into the data that isn’t there.

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416.644.4132