Linda has been the Chief Administrative Officer of
the Islands Trust since 2003 and has worked for the organization since 1991.
The Island Trust is a federation of special-purpose local governments with a
provincial mandate to preserve and protect the environment and unique
amenities of BC's southern coastal islands, through land use planning and
Prior to her appointment as CAO in 2003, Linda was on
the Islands Trust's senior management team, responsible for policy,
communications and inter-governmental liaison. Before that, she was the
planning manager for Salt Spring Island, leading a team of planners
responsible for all community planning and development application
approvals. She facilitated development of the Official Community Plan (OCP)
for Salt Spring, drafted the plan and managed its implementation program,
which included development of a comprehensive new land use bylaw. Salt
Spring Island was awarded one of the province's first Green City awards,
based on the concepts and implementation of its OCP.
Prior to working
for the Islands Trust, Linda worked as a consultant, specializing in
environmental planning. She has worked on environmental and socio-economic
baseline studies, impact assessments and planning projects throughout BC,
Alberta and the Arctic.
Linda holds a Bachelor of Science degree with
distinction from the University of Calgary. She is a Member of the Canadian
Institute of Planning (Registered Professional Planner), the Canadian
Association of Municipal Administrators and the Local Government Management
Association. She participated in development of the MATI course Community
Planning in Local Government Organizations and has been a speaker for
the course since its inception. She has taught the basics of community
planning to newly elected officials for BC's Local Government Leadership
Academy and co-teaches Problem Solving and Decision Making Skills.