Executive Leadership 

Leann Hackman-Carty, Chief Executive Officer

Leann has a diverse background in the public, private and non-profit sectors.  She 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.

Since 2009, she has served as EDA's CEO. At the end of 2014, she completed an Economic Disaster Recovery Project (EDRP) with 10 Alberta communities and Treaty 7 Community Futures (Siksika/Stoney); in partnership with BCEDA and IEDC, The Government of Alberta (Innovation & Advanced Education), Shell, RBC Foundation, the Canadian Red Cross and the US Consulate in Calgary. As part of this project, she spearheaded the production of a community toolkit to help them prepare and respond to future economic disruptions. In May 2016, she started working with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) on their business and economic recovery efforts, post wildfire; which included setting up and running the Wood Buffalo Business Recovery Hotline and validating businesses for Red Cross emergency relief. Over 3000 businesses were registered, and almost $3.5 million provided to small businesses in Fort McMurray. She also lead a 10-member technical assistance team to the RMWB, and completed a report with over 50 recommendations on business and economic recovery that was released in June 2017. She has her own consulting firm, HackmanCarty and Associates, and in December 2017 released her “Master Your Disaster” series of guidebooks designed to help individuals, businesses and communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. 

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, Director, 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 over a decade, and understands both the needs of, and future for the profession.

Email:  nancy.toombs@edaalberta.ca

Janice Grant, Administrative Assistant 


Irene Huisman, Bookkeeping

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