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Leann Hackman-Carty

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A leader and entrepreneur at heart, Leann has been involved with multiple leading organizations such as Economic Developers Alberta, Organization of Women in International Trade, International Economic Development Council, Canadian Red Cross, US Consulate in Calgary, CIDA, the Government of Alberta and the US International Visitors Program. 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 which is Alberta’s economic development network. It has almost 300 members, who are involved in economic development activities including business retention & expansion, investment attraction, workforce development, site selection and industry sector development. A well-respected professional in her field, she has lead public, private and non-profit organizations through eras of change to new levels of growth and stability. She is a sincere advocate with an aptitude for bridging conflicting interests, motivating staff and volunteers, and influencing key stakeholders.

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