Executive Leadership 

Leann Hackman-Carty, Chief Executive Officer

Leann Hackman-Carty has been the C.E.O. of EDA since 2009. With a diverse background in the public, private and non-profit sectors; Leann has been involved in economic development, in various capacities throughout most of her career. For over a decade, she served as the Mayor’s Executive Assistant for Community & Economic Development in The City of Calgary. During this time she gained a real appreciation for the role elected officials can and should play in economic development. As Vice President of Promoting Calgary Inc., Leann took a lead role in developing a branding strategy for Calgary, crafting the community economic development plan, establishing the Calgary Sister Cities Commission and developing an international marketing strategy based on international trade and investment opportunities.

In 2001, Leann was nominated and selected to participate in the U.S. International Visitors Program. This program involved 20 future leaders from 20 different countries, 19 of which were in Europe. The focus of the program was Trade and Economic Development. It included meetings with government, unions, community organizations and corporate America. Participants traveled to Washington DC; San Diego, California; Jackson, Mississippi; and New York, NY. As a volunteer, Leann served as President and Chair of the Advisory of the Organization of Women in International Trade, a global non-profit organization whose mission is to foster international trade and the advancement of women in business. She continues to serve on the Premier's Advisory Council for Alberta's Promise, on the boards of KidSport Alberta and AVENTA Addiction Treatment for Women, and as Managing Director of GroYourBiz Alberta. 

Leann is committed to advancing the economic development profession throughout the province of Alberta and beyond; and enjoys working with EDA members, stakeholders and supporters to do so. She is currently working towards her Ec.D certification.


Email: leann@edaalberta.ca

Nancy Toombs, Marketing Communications   

Nancy Toombs is a successful professional with over 20 years of diverse experience and expertise in corporate communications and the broadcast media.  A proven team builder, she is able to efficiently handle multiple tasks; recognized as a strong leader, independent self-starter with outstanding creativity; possesses superb organization skills as well as exceptional writing ability; values maximum productivity and professional development.

She has worked in the economic development field for almost a decade, and understands both the needs of, and future for the profession.

Email:  nancy.toombs@edaalberta.ca

Julie Pankow, Administrative Assistant 

Julie Pankow has several years of experience in administration and acknowledged success in customer service.  

Her extensive knowledge and expertise in areas such as interpersonal & communications skills, the ability to work independently, the flexibility to take on a wide variety of assigned duties and projects, and a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure, is just a small portion of her capabilities. 

Email: julie@edaalberta.ca

Sara Dahlman, Bookkeeping

Sara DahlmanSara has served in various capacities including Office Manager, Administrator for various corporate, non-profit and charities.  She is proficient in various accounting software packages and has a comprehensive knowledge of accounting and administrative procedures.

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