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The Team

“Heather MacKenzie is personable, fabulous at what she does, and has a strong moral compass that guides her work. She also has a network of associates who help her with technical writing and communication.” Laura McIlveen, Techfibre Industries

PRINCIPAL

Heather MacKenzie, BA, MA

Our Principal consultant, Heather is a government relations and lobby professional with a wealth of experience supporting a wide variety of clients including municipalities, businesses, associations, and not-for-profits. In addition to working across and within Ministries soliciting various expressions of support for clients, she has also effectively shepherded legislative changes through the Legislative Assembly.

Having previously managed an ethical lobby team within a multi-partisan work environment and given the breadth of her current clientele, it is clear that she is adept at working with people from across the political spectrum.

Heather has concrete experience in both party politics as well as municipal governance. In addition to running as the Federal NDP Candidate in Edmonton West in 2015, she serves on the Edmonton Centre provincial NDP Executive, staffed the successful provincial campaign in Edmonton Glenora and was a strong Edmonton City Council candidate downtown in 2013. Heather also served as an elected trustee on the Edmonton Public School Board.

Heather holds a master’s degree from Dalhousie University, two bachelor degrees from the University of Alberta, and has fifteen years of experience in international development, community organizing and human rights advocacy.

Heather surrounds herself with an extremely high functioning team that she draws on to achieve her client’s objectives.

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Trisha Estabrooks, BA, BJ

Trisha Estabrooks is currently an elected Trustee on the Edmonton Public School Board and co-host of The Broadcast, a podcast about women and politics. She is an award-winning journalist and worked at CBC in stations across the country for 17 years. She has a passion for human rights and holds degrees in history, English and journalism. Her inquisitive and action-oriented nature are a true asset to Heather MacKenzie Consulting clients.

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Graham Lettner, BEng

Graham Lettner was educated as an electrical engineer and has worked for over three years as a technical writer and editor. He has written and edited for industry, government, academics and non-profits. As an extremely adept communicator, he is able to effectively summarize complex processes and relate them to a variety of audiences. Graham is a founding director and the volunteer chair of the Foothills Energy Co-op, an initiative of residents of Black Diamond and Turner Valley, which directs revenue from residents’ electricity and gas bills to local investments in sustainability and energy conservation projects. He also has a passion for food security, including ethical and regenerative agricultural practices. His background in international business development gives him a well-rounded perspective on issues that is particularly beneficial to Heather MacKenzie Consulting clients.

DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Sandie Price

Sandie Price has over 20 years of experience as an advocate, educator, speaker and coach. She has worked steadily to advance best practices in diversity and inclusion alongside a wide variety of stakeholders including: families, government bodies, corporations, educational institutions and non-profit organizations. Sandie holds a Masters Certificate in leadership with a specific focus on values driven leadership, collaboration, and organizational culture.

In addition to her work at Heather MacKenzie Consulting, Sandie operates her own consulting business, Activate Your Values: fostering change, animating, and empowering clients to achieve their full potential and lead value-driven lives. She believes that it is our imperative as a society to ensure inclusion, participation, and meaningful contribution are a reality for all.

Her experience, determination, and strategic thinking drive effective advocacy for Heather MacKenzie Consulting clients.

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Kristi Anderson, BSc MBA

Kristi Anderson is an experienced project manager and policy analyst with considerable expertise in the natural resource, energy and environment sectors. Kristi served as an NGO representative on the Electricity Industry Emissions Management Framework 5 Year Review and prior to that was an Electricity Policy Analyst with the Pembina Institute. Her passion for sustainable resource development is complimented by 21 years of public service as a reservist in the Canadian Armed Forces and her work to advance fair and direct trade practices internationally.

STRATEGIC COUNSEL

Chelsey Jersak, MA, RPP, MCIP, PMP

An avid community builder, Chelsey Jersak has a decade of experience leading strategic and urban planning and placemaking projects. Her work consistently balances innovation with pragmatism, and focuses on advice, policy and regulatory solutions to address root problems and achieve tangible results. Chelsey has delivered dozens of projects and initiatives in both the public and private sectors, and is known for her refreshingly open communication style.

In addition to her collaborative work with Heather MacKenzie Consulting, Chelsey is the founder and principal of Situate, a strategic and municipal planning and communications firm that supports community-oriented developers, municipalities and not-for-profits. Chelsey holds a bachelor’s degree in regional and urban development and a master’s degree in human geography, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®).

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Daniel MacKenzie, BA

Daniel MacKenzie is a strong advocate for vulnerable Albertans and also has a keen understanding of the internal details necessary to run a successful business. Having worked in both the social services and in renewable energy business, he provides well-rounded support to clients and to Heather MacKenzie Consulting itself by ensuring our business runs smoothly. Daniel has aBachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology and is currently studying to become an Accountant. His skills enable Heather MacKenzie Consulting to operate in an efficient and effective manner.