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The Team

Strategic Planning — Connecting — Coaching

Specialized in advocating for socially and environmentally responsible initiatives. 

PRINCIPAL

Heather MacKenzie, BA, MA

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. She has managed an ethical lobby team within a multi-partisan work environment, and is comfortable 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 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.

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®).

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Kirsten Goa, BA, BEd

Kirsten Goa is an experienced community organizer and has worked professionally in the field of organizational development and renewal. Her political involvement has been at both the municipal and provincial levels. Kirsten served as the Community Co-Chair for the City of Edmonton’s Initiative on Public Engagement and she also placed a strong second as an Edmonton City Council candidate in 2017. Prior to launching her campaign for Edmonton City Council, Kirsten served provincially as an Edmonton Strathcona Constituency Assistant.

STRATEGIC COUNSEL

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. Using his interest in and quick comprehension of technical subject matter he is able to effectively summarize complex processes and communicate them to a variety of audiences. His background in international community and business development gives him a well-rounded perspective on issues that is particularly beneficial to Heather MacKenzie Consulting clients.