BA (Hons), MA, MPA, MCIP

Instructor, School Public Administration
School of Public Administration

604.990.7907 ext. 7907
Cedar Building, room CE323


The Welfare City, University of Helsinki, 2014.

The Art and Practice of Leadership Development, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2014.

MPA, University of Victoria, 1997.

MA, Planning, University of British Columbia, 1991.

BA (Honours), University of Victoria, 1980.

"Leadership is mobilizing people to make progress on difficult problems."


Allison Habkirk (MPA, University of Victoria, 1997) has more than 30 years of experience in local government as a professional, elected official and educator. She is a registered planner who has worked as a staff planner, consultant and trainer for local governments, the Province of B.C. and the Local Government Management Association.

Habkirk has worked with more than 50 municipalities, 12 regional districts and 2 improvement districts across B.C. Clients include the Nisga'a Nation, the YuułuɁiłɁath Government, the Province of B.C., Interior Healthy Authority and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. She has also worked with numerous not for profit organizations, including Local Government Management Association, CivicInfoBC, B.C. Municipal Safety Association, Local Government Leadership Academy, Union of B.C. Municipalities, Victoria Civic Heritage Trust, Prince George Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Nanaimo (BIA) and Victoria Crisis Help Line Society.

Habkirk served as Mayor and Councillor for the District of Central Saanich for three terms of office.

A lifelong learner, Habkirk recently completed courses in leadership training and governance at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the University of Helsinki, Finland. She also recently returned from three missions in Amman, Jordan working with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Global Affairs Canada on the Jordan Municipal Support Project.

I co-instruct PADM 305 Policy Skills for Local Government Professionals and PADM 208 Community Planning in Local Government organizations.

I am the author of several publications on local government topics and maintain a keen interest in leadership development, elected official and staff training, strategic planning, and small town planning.

How Do Local Governments Improve Health and Community Well–being? BC Healthy Communities, 2013.

Local Government in Canada - Course manual University of Victoria School of Public Administration, revised 2004.

Local Government Land Use Planning - Course manual University of Victoria School of Public Administration, revised 2004.

Supportive Housing for Seniors: A Policy and Bylaw Guide - Province of British Columbia, 1999.

Heritage Legislation: A Community Guide - co-authored, Province of British Columbia, 1995.

Heritage Legislation: A Technical Manual for Local Governments - co-authored, Province of British Columbia, 1995.

Heritage Conservation Statutes Amendment Act: Communication Plan - co-authored, Province of British Columbia, 1995.

Imagine Nanaimo: Now You Decide! - co-authored, City of Nanaimo, 1992.

City of Nanaimo Focusing the Vision of Our Future - co-authored, City of Nanaimo, 1992.

Heritage Legislation: A Guide to Community Heritage Conservation - co-authored, Province of British Columbia, 1991.