Leann Hackman-Carty

Senior Advisor - Canada

Leann’s leadership ability was identified early when she was nominated and selected to participate in the United States International Visitors Program. This program involved future leaders from 20 different countries, 19 from Europe. Its focus was Trade and Economic Development, and included meetings with government, unions, community organizations and corporate America. Leann worked as an Executive Assistant, Community & Economic Development to the Mayor of Calgary for over 10 years; managed several federal, provincial and municipal election campaigns; developed and lead key initiatives in the corporate, public and not-for profit sector; provided business development services to the States of Mississippi and Georgia; provided leadership for the Organization of Women in International Trade; hosted numerous high level international trade delegations; initiated greater working relationships with provincial and international economic development groups; developed business and marketing plans for small-medium sized enterprises; and worked on a number of high profile community investment projects.

Since 2009, Leann has served as the Chief Executive Officer for Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) which currently has over 300 members, who are involved in economic development activities including business retention & expansion, business and investment attraction, opportunity identification, tourism, workforce development, business and economic recovery, and industry sector development. Leann is also Managing Director (Alberta) for GroYourBiz, which sets up peer advisory boards across the province for women entrepreneurs wanting to grow their businesses, and has served on a number of non-profit boards. She also heads up her own consulting company, HACKMANCARTY & Associates, is focused on enhancing community economic resilience.

Some highlights:

  • 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. This was the largest economic recovery project of its kind in Canadian history.
  • From 2016-2017 she worked with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray) 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. Once again, she pioneered some groundbreaking work in this regard, specifically around finding a way for Red Cross to provide emergency grants for business for the first time. Her ability to collaborate and develop partnerships is second to none.
  • In June 2017, Leann updated the Community Toolkit for Economic Recovery and Resiliency (2017 Canadian Version) with new links, content and updated case studies. This toolkit is available to Canadian communities as a resource to prepare, recover from and respond to disasters, with a specific focus on business and economic recovery.
  • In June 2017, Leann launched a pilot project to bring the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Economic Resilience Training for Community and Regional Leaders course to four Alberta communities. She was the lead trainer of four, and after further customization for the Canadian market, this training is now available to all Canadian communities. It was extremely well received from participants in the pilot project.
  • In December 2017, Leann released her Master Your Disaster series of readiness, response and recovery guides for families, business and communities. Versions are available on Amazon, Audible, Kindle, iTunes, and the latest version is in Spanish. She recognized the growing need for this type of information and wanted to address it.
  • Leann believes strongly in building disaster resilient communities, particularly the need to integrate business and economic recovery efforts into preparedness efforts.  At this time, this is much more common in the United States; however, Leann is committed to bringing these best practices and resources to all Canadian communities so they can all be more resilient in the future.