Instructor, School Public Administration
School of Public Administration

604.990.7907 ext. 7907


B.Sc., Geography, University of Calgary, 1978.


Linda Adams (B.Sc., University of Calgary, 1978) is an educator, local government consultant, professional planner and the former Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the Islands Trust, a position she retired from in 2016 after a 25-year career in local government.

As a member of the Canadian Institute of Planning and the Planning Institute of BC (PIBC), Adams is a Registered Professional Planner and sits on PIBC's Professional Conduct Review Committee. She has co-delivered the committee's session on ethics and administrative fairness at recent conferences.

For the last five years, Adams has provided consulting advice to local governments and related organizations in areas related to governance structure and administration, best practices in decision-making, strategic planning, performance measures, land use planning, administrative fairness, Council/Board orientation and Council/staff relations.

In 2019, she travelled to Jordan three times on behalf of the Local Government Management Association of British Columbia (LGMA), providing governance advice as part of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Jordan Municipal Support Project. Since 2020, she has continued her work on this project online.

Adams volunteers in her home community of Salt Spring Island, B.C. through local groups that develop recommendations regarding local governance and climate action. She has recently created a successful general interest course in land use planning for community members.

As a member of the faculty in the School of Public Administration, I coordinate PADM 308: MATI - The Successful CAO, a course partially sponsored by the Local Government Management Association (LGMA) that is designed for Chief Administrative Officers in B.C. local governments.

I also co-teach PADM 305: Better Problem Solving and Policy Writing Skills for Local Government Professionals and contribute to PADM 207: MATI - Managing People, PADM 208: MATI - Community Planning and other courses for local government professionals.

I have taught the basics of community planning and best practices in Council-staff relations to newly-elected municipal officials for B.C.'s Government Leadership Academy and other government agencies.

Distinguished Membership Award, Local Government Management Association of B.C.