Excellent written and oral communications skills, including news releases, press kits, annual reports, brochures and major reports. Superior editing skills, including book manuscripts, newspaper and magazine articles, and other publications.
Proven ability in comprehensive research and in accurate and effective public policy analysis. Extensive experience in working with and within local, provincial and federal government organizations. Excellent knowledge of the public policy agenda, grant-writing protocols, and liaisons between granting agencies and organizations seeking funding.
Success in designing and generating strong publicity campaigns, ensuring continuing positive public profile. All-inclusive experience in planning, organizing and executing special events. Exceptional knowledge of protocol and corporate image promotion.
Strong record of successful and professional relationship building with local, national and international media. Poise and confidence in conducting interviews, live and pre-taped, and in public speaking. Respond well in impromptu interviews and under pressure. Ability to listen well and to hear both what is being spoken and what is implied.
Superior management skills; strong ability to elicit the loyalty, cooperation and productivity of team members. Strong ability to establish and execute innovative business plans, especially in crisis situations. Strong ability to create and maintain budgets to guarantee sound financial management. Superior negotiating skills. Extensive experience in managing volunteers and in fostering healthy relationships among all stakeholders; work effectively with Boards of Directors to realize strategic vision. Commitment to excellent client service.
Proven ability and confidence to interact with and advise senior executives and VIPs.
Career Path Calgary Exhibition & Stampede, March 1, 1998 – December 31, 1999
Media and Publicity Manager
Guichon Consulting, May, 1987 – December 31, 1997, January 2000 - present
Public Relations, Government Relations, Media Relations, Public Policy Consultant, Writer, Editor, Researcher, Special Event Planner Clients: Calgary City Ballet, Texaco Canada Resources, Government of Alberta (Career Development), University of Calgary professors, City of Calgary, MqDesign Strategies
City of Calgary, April 1, 1986 – December 31, 1986
Coordinator of the Olympic Plaza Brick Programme
Student Services, University of Calgary, June 1, 1983 – December 31, 1985
Manager, Student Services and Director, International Centre
Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, Accommodations Manager, 1976 Leadership Office of Joe Clark, M.P., Executive Assistant Office of the Premier of Alberta, Correspondence Officer
Education Master of Arts Degree, University of Calgary, 1988 (Public Policy, Law, and Administration) Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of Alberta, 1974 (English and Political Science) Awards Graduate Assistanceship (Teaching), University of Calgary, 1985 Graduate Assistanceship (Research), University of Calgary, 1986 Research Travel Grant, University of Calgary, 1986 Continuing Education
Breakthrough to Success (Jack Canfield Companies)
Personal Coaching (Jack Canfield Companies) Extraordinary Conversations for Breakthrough Results (Covey Leadership) Quadrant II Management (Covey Leadership) Interpersonal Communications Skills, University of Calgary Management for Women, University of Calgary Appointments Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, 1991-1992 Calgary Region Arts Foundation, 1987-1990 Calgary Convention and Visitors’ Bureau Task Force on Tourism, 1986 Volunteer Activities Western Vice-President, National P.C. Women’s Federation, 1991-1993 President, Women’s Legal Education Action Fund, 1989-1991 Director, Calgary Association of Women and the Law, 1988-1989 Director, Calgary Immigrant Women’s Centre, 1987-1989