Heather MacKenzie, BA, MA
Our Principal consultant, Heather MacKenzie 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. She works effectively with counterparts across a variety of government bodies and has successfully shepherded legislative changes through to enactment. 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 served on the Downtown Edmonton NDP Executive, staffed the successful NDP 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 and has fourteen years of experience in international development, community organizing and human rights advocacy. Currently, Heather serves on the Public Interest Alberta Democracy Task Force and on the board of Punctuate! Theatre.
Heather surrounds herself with an extremely high functioning team that she draws on whenever it will help achieve her client’s objectives.
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®).
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.
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.
Jodine Chase is an experienced public relations professional with considerable credits to her name including successfully building momentum for the expansion of maternal and infant health supports both before and under the current provincial NDP government. For the past 17 years, she owned and operated MediaWorks West, delivering issues and crisis communications as well as news analysis for senior executives. Heather MacKenzie Consulting clients are well served by her wealth of concrete advocacy experience combined with her new focus – she is seeking a Masters in intercultural and international communications as well as disaster and emergency management.