Economic Developers Alberta
For almost thirty years Leann has lead public, private and non-profit organizations through eras of change to new levels of growth and stability. Leann’s specialties are community economic development, business and economic recovery and entrepreneurship. Leann served as the Mayor of Calgary's Executive Assistant, Community & Economic Development for over a decade; managed several political election campaigns; provided business development services to the States of Mississippi and Georgia; provided leadership for the Organization of Women in International Trade; offered innovative community business and economic recovery services; hosted numerous high level international trade delegations; built peer advisory boards for women entrepreneurs; and initiated greater working relationships with provincial and international economic development groups. Since 2009, Leann has served as CEO of Economic Developers Alberta (EDA).
At the end of 2014, Leann completed an Economic Disaster Recovery Project with 10 Southern Alberta flood impacted communities and Treaty 7 Community Futures (Siksika/Stoney). As part of this, she organized 11 technical assistance teams and completed individual business and economic recovery reports. She also Canadianized IEDC’s Recovery and Resiliency Roadmap: A Toolkit for Economic Preparedness which helps communities prepare for and recover from economic disruptions, whether natural or manmade.
From 2016-2017 she worked with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo on their business and economic recovery efforts, including setting up and running the Wood Buffalo Business Recovery Hotline; validating businesses for Canadian Red Cross emergency relief; and leading a 10-member economic development team to complete an economic recovery assessment. The final report was released in June 2017 with over 50 recommendations specific to business and economic recovery.
Earlier this year she updated the Community Toolkit for Economic Recovery and Resiliency (2017 Canadian Version) with new links, content and updated case studies. She also launched a pilot project to bring IEDC’s Economic Resilience Training for Community and Regional Leaders course to four Alberta communities, and will be one of the key trainers participating. Upon completion, the training will be made available to all Canadian communities.