Leanna is a seasoned problem solver with extensive experience in government relations, strategic communications and issues management. Her experience in politics combined with her deep insight of the inner workings of government, positions her as a valuable partner for any of Pathway Group’s clients.
Prior to joining Pathway Group, Leanna spent eight years at Queen’s Park honing her skills in issues management, strategic communications, media relations, and writing. She has held positions in several ministries including the Ministry of the Attorney General, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services and Cabinet Office where she developed and executed communications strategies and issues management plans.
She has a proven track record of effectively managing issues and crises, building trust with various stakeholders and developing integrated communications plans to meet an organization’s goals and objectives. One of her greatest strengths is forging strong relationships with colleagues and stakeholders, making her a trusted strategic advisor to senior government leaders, political staff, and cabinet ministers.
Leanna is able to help clients navigate through the complex government landscape by drawing on her knowledge of the government legislative and policy development cycles and decision-making process. For example, she helped develop an affordable housing policy that finished third place in a 2011 Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Policy competition.
She also has experience in the political arena having worked as a Legislative Assistant and Issues Manager to a former minister, and Constituency Assistant to Members of Provincial Parliament in Ottawa and Mississauga. She was also an active member of the Ontario Liberal Party and the Liberal Party of Canada having helped organized events across the GTA and worked on several political campaigns in Ontario.
Leanna holds a Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law from York University and a Bachelor of Arts (High Honours) in Mass Communications and a Minor in Music from Carleton University.
She is an executive member and clarinetist with the Newmarket Citizens Band.