Morten served in various capacities for the Reform Party and Canadian Alliance between 1993 and 2001, including Director of Public Relations, and Director of Operations.
In 2001, he set up a successful external relations consultancy serving clients ranging from professional associations, to First Nations, medical capital campaigns, and oil and gas.
Morten joined Fleishman-Hillard International in 2006 to launch and lead Fleishman’s Alberta office, managing a range of high-profile communications and outreach initiatives in Calgary and nationally including financial sector branding and regulatory affairs, the management of communications for major infrastructure projects, leading the awareness and reputation campaign in Canada for one of the world’s largest oil and gas producers and co-managing the Maple Leaf Foods Listeriosis crisis response. The latter has become a case study of successful crisis communications that is taught in communications programs internationally.
In 2009, Morten formed Paulsen Group to focus specifically on the media, crisis and government relations that are critical to business and organizations that interface with government.
He holds a B.A. from the University of Calgary and an M.A. from the University of California at Davis. In 2005, Morten was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal for service to Alberta.