Senior Advisor - Canada
Leann worked as an Executive Assistant, Community & Economic Development to the Mayor of Calgary for over 10 years. Since 2009, Leann has served as the Chief Executive Officer for Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) which is Alberta's economic development network. It 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. Throughout her career, her leadership, entrepreneurial drive and broad network of contacts have enabled her to establish partnerships across various sectors, industries and borders; anticipate emerging and ongoing business needs; design new ways of providing goods and/or services; as well as conceptualize, plan and implement innovative initiatives. Her desire to make a positive impact, whether small or large, is evident in her personal and professional life.
In addition to her ongoing contract work as CEO for Economic Developers Alberta, Leann is also the Canadian Director for the Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD). In this capacity she is working with communities across the United States on specific long-term recovery and resiliency initiatives. She also runs her own consulting firm, HackmanCarty & Associates that focuses in business and economic recovery.
· Leann has significant business and economic disaster recovery experience. At the end of 2014, she 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. Organizational and funding partners included: IEDC, BCEDA, The Government of Alberta (Innovation & Advanced Education), Shell, RBC Foundation, the Canadian Red Cross and the US Consulate in Calgary. At the time, it was the largest economic recovery project of its kind in Canadian history.
· From May 2016-June 2017 Leann worked with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo on their business and economic recovery efforts, post wildfire, which included drafting the municipal business and economic recovery plan, setting up and running the Wood Buffalo Business Recovery Hotline and validating businesses for Red Cross emergency relief. Over 4100 businesses were registered for Phase 1, and almost $3.3 million in $1000 grants were provided to small businesses in Fort McMurray. She also lead 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.
· “Canadianized” the Recovery and Resiliency Roadmap: A Toolkit for Economic Preparedness, based on a US-Version, developed by the International Economic Development Council. It is a toolkit for communities to use in preparing for and recovering from economic disruptions, whether natural or manmade. The Toolkit is now being used by Mount Royal University in their Emergency Management & Disaster Recovery Program. Leann updated the manual again in 2017 and will be updating it again in 2019.
· 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 continues to be a lead trainer for this course, available to all Canadian communities.
· In December 2017, Leann released her Master Your Disaster series of readiness, response and recovery guides for families, business and communities which are now available on Amazon.com both in print, and in Kindle format, audio and Spanish.
· In December 2018, Leann was invited by Virgin Unite (Richard Branson’s foundation), to participate in a leadership forum in the British Virgin Islands to view firsthand the work they are doing in the region post-hurricane.
· Leann does regular presentations at conferences and workshops on business and economic recovery. In January 2019, she and Stephen Jordan will be presenting to the Northern Development Minister’s Forum in Yellowknife, on economic resiliency.
· Leann’s most recent recognition for her work includes: CIBC Trailblazers & Trendsetters Award Recipient, WXN’s Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women (2018), Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award- Resilient Communities, Public Safety Canada (2018) and Public-Private Partnership Award (Wood Buffalo Business Recovery Hotline), International Economic Development Council (2017).