Linda’s career has focused on community and stakeholder engagement, creating involvement amongst volunteers, employees and management boards. She has significant knowledge of a broad range of public policy issues including large scale transportation projects, adult and family literacy, education and social policy.
A former MLA, Linda understands how government decision makers – both elected officials and public service employees – make decisions: how they respond to public issues and how they evaluate requests for policy changes; which stakeholders matter most and why; and how to reach out to them in a way that grabs their attention, persuades, and motivates action.
Linda has a demonstrated ability to initiate and manage the strategy that results from a robust engagement process and the analysis of valuable stakeholder feedback. One of her greatest strengths is her ability to facilitate collaboration between the detailed, project-planning teams and the project’s strategic thinkers to ensure that viable solutions can be realized. Her training and experience as a financial analyst brings discipline to project development and implementation, a combination that creates solutions for all stakeholders.
Linda’s political experience as an elected MLA after a career in business gives her valuable insight into how government works. Government does not operate the way business does, and both businesses and non-profit organizations benefit from Linda’s understanding of what decision-makers need to hear and need to know – what boxes need to be checked, and which stakeholders must be brought on board before a policy change can move forward. She provides advice on which decision-makers need to be contacted, and which stakeholders must be consulted before going to government. She then coaches clients on how to have successful interactions with those government decision-makers, both elected and public service.
Linda received her Bachelor of Commerce in Business Administration and Management from St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
She is a member of Certified Management Consultants (CMC), an international professional designation for management consulting professionals, recognized in 50 countries worldwide. She continues to take courses in the field to maintain and upgrade her qualifications.
She is also a Canadian Sales Professional, a certification of the Canadian Professional Sales Association.
Linda represented Calgary-Glenmore as a Member of the Alberta Legislature from 2012-2015.
As Chair of the Calgary Caucus for three Premiers, Linda became intimately familiar with local economic forces. By leading regular meetings of MLAs and leaders of Calgary’s business, post-secondary, cultural and non-profit organizations, Linda developed a unique perspective on business and the community environment in which it operates.
Her MLA work in her economically diverse constituency also resulted in a thorough understanding of provincial policies and programs, particularly with operations relating to education, transportation, post-secondary, seniors and health care.
She served on Legislative Committees responsible for Conflict of Interest reviews, Resource Stewardship, Private Bills, and Member Services. She was also the Alberta Government representative to Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures, and a member of the Education Regulatory Review Committee.
Prior to serving in the Legislature, Linda acquired practical business experience with successful positions as a Financial Analyst in the oil and gas industry, a Business Development Manager in the automotive industry, a Marketing and Sales Manager, and as an organization’s Field Director, a role that included financial management and review, fundraising and event organization.
She has worked on political campaigns in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta, and was a Special Assistant to a federal Cabinet Minister in Ottawa.
Volunteer and Community Engagement
Linda has worked with several non-profit organizations, particularly in areas of recruiting and organizing volunteers, and in fundraising. She is a member of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce’s Human Resources Policy Committee. She is also currently active with the CanLearn Society (formerly the Calgary Learning Centre) to benefit literacy and learning strategies, and supports Calgary Reads and Inn from the Cold.