Vicky is a policy and planning specialist. She works with the public and private sectors to address policy issues and improve performance through sound analysis and planning.
Her clients include all levels of government, co-management bodies, industry associations and other collaborative organizations.
“I’m motivated by constant challenge,” Vicky says. “And being able to use my skills and experience to navigate complex issues and make a meaningful contribution.”
Vicky has a particular interest in environmental governance and natural resource management, and she credits her years of outdoor education experience for inspiring her to pursue her chosen profession.
“Whether it was implementing the 4 Rs as a family growing up, or leading youth on canoe trips through indigenous land or near resource developments, my early experiences have shaped my interests and passions today,” she says.
Joined Stratos: 2008
Specialty: Policy and planning; strategy and governance; program design, implementation and review; stakeholder engagement
Prior Work Experience:
- Outdoor & Environmental Educator, various organizations
- Masters, Resource and Environmental Management (Planning), Simon Fraser University, 2008
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology, University of Guelph, 2003
What Vicky offers:
Vicky understands the complex policy issues facing public and private sector clients in developing and managing natural resources.
Working with industry and other member-based associations has given Vicky insight into what it takes to make “collective action” successful.
She has supported the design and ongoing implementation of various voluntary industry sustainability initiatives aimed at strengthening performance across a sector. These include Towards Sustainable Mining and the pipeline sector’s Integrity First initiative.
Vicky is passionate about working at the regime level. Having worked across jurisdictions and in many different regions of Canada, she is familiar with the different environmental governance arrangements to manage resources.
In the North, Vicky has worked with co-management bodies, such as in the Mackenzie Valley and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, sharing her knowledge of organizational effectiveness and collaborative governance practices.
Vicky’s combined background in natural resource management and human behaviour naturally lead to a keen interest in policy. She has worked with a range of government clients on policy files. In particular, Vicky is passionate about water and was proud to support the former National Round Table on the Environment and Economy with its Program on Water Sustainability and the Future of Canada’s Natural Resource Sectors.
Vicky holds a Masters in Resource and Environmental Management (Planning) and is a member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.
When not working, Vicky loves to spend time outdoors and in nature. “In fact,” she says, “that’s the one thing I can’t live without!”