I’m an Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) with 30+ years of experience in corporate communications and public relations.
Graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Spent my teenaged years in Fort McMurray working for the local weekly newspaper and radio stations throughout high school as a columnist and on-air reporter. Paid for university, by literally going underground at Syncrude Canada, working in the extraction plant of the oil sands operation in the 80’s, working as the only woman on my shift, logging hours in the underground portion of the mining operation, cleaning up spills and collecting lab samples.
After graduation, I stayed in the north to work as a journalist but soon made the leap to public relations in 1986 where I wrote and edited employee publications (and co-authored a book) for several years in Fort McMurray for an oil sands company before moving to Edmonton.
As community relations team leader for a pipeline company, I managed donations programs and organized community relations activities across the province, including a $1 million community investment program for an oilsands company in Calgary. Went on to receive an international award of excellence for work in employee communications.
Formed my own communications consulting company and for the next six years specialized in stakeholder consultation (including cross-cultural communication), employee communication, website content and writing/editing for numerous clients in oil and gas, technology and government.
Beginning in 2005, I switched to full-time employment in the public sector in various leadership roles including director of communications and media relations for the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine. Left the U of C in July of 2010 to pursue political interests, including volunteer positions as the former VP of Communications for the Alberta Liberal Party (2008-2010) and as communications/media chair for Kent Hehr’s successful election as Member of Parliament in Calgary Centre in 2015.
After the last municipal election, I left a position with a local non-profit organization to supervise a team for the City of Calgary in digital/web communications and social media.
Photo: That’s me on CBC Television on election night in Alberta in 2012. I’m on the far right, adjusting my earphone, representing the Alberta Liberals on the social media/opinion makers panel with Rick Harp hosting.
Here’s the backstory for the photo above.
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