Calgary, Alberta, November 29, 2016 — Communica Public Affairs (Communica) and Leigh Clarke are pleased to announce that Leigh will be joining the Communica team in Calgary as Senior Associate, Strategy and Development, effective January 1, 2017.
“I’ve watched as Communica has developed itself into western Canada’s largest and most progressive Aboriginal and stakeholder engagement firm and I am thrilled to be bringing my skills, knowledge and experience to the table. It’s a perfect combination and I look forward to working with the team to serve and grow the firm’s impressive client base,” said Leigh.
A regulatory lawyer by training, Leigh leveraged this experience to become one of industry’s most effective engagement leaders, most recently in the Aboriginal relations realm with Canada First Management and prior to that as Senior Vice President, External Engagement and General Counsel for AltaLink. At AltaLink, Leigh had sole responsibility for designing and leading the numerous complex engagement campaigns that enabled AltaLink to permit and build over $5 billion of new transmission infrastructure.
“We are delighted to be able to work with Leigh,” said Doug Ford, Principal and Senior Consultant of Communica. “A seasoned executive, Leigh brings an excellent combination of strategic and tactical experience related to Aboriginal and Stakeholder engagement, communications, government relations and political and social risk management. This is a superb addition to our senior team and Leigh will be instrumental supporting the continued growth of Communica. His track record speaks for itself.”
Leigh is a hands-on and motivated engagement professional with over twenty-five years of experience in the North American energy and utility sectors. Comfortable on the front line and in the boardroom, Leigh has supported the execution of major capital projects such as pipelines, electric transmission lines, power generation facilities and mines in a time of ever-increasing social and political uncertainty. His expertise also includes community relations and investment, facilitation and negotiation, regulatory affairs and change management.
Leigh will support the Communica executive and management teams in growing the firm’s business, as well as supporting Communica clients in a strategic capacity. The ultimate ‘people person’, Leigh will work alongside client teams to develop and implement engagement and communication strategies that will reduce project risk and build project support.
Leigh can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-403-700-7428.