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Monica established MK Strategy Group in 2000 for one reason: to make a difference – in society, in the community, and in the organizations she serves. On top of this strong commitment, Monica is also an energetic leader, an insightful strategic thinker, and an inspiring community builder. She is passionate about creative thought.

With more than 25 years of diverse experience, managing challenges and growth in the public and private sectors, it's not surprising that Monica is often called upon for her expertise in planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs and services related to community, business, health, and wellness. Monica believes in a holistic and flexible approach, but also brings the keen edge of a strategist and entrepreneur to every project. A real gift is her ability to listen and help others envision what is possible believing in the synergy of connectivity.

Monica's capacity for outside-the-box thinking and careful, analytical management style are showcased in the successful outcomes of complex projects like the mixed-use, master-planned Alberta community of Harmony (developing its strategic vision for active living; health and well-being), and the Canmore Economic Development Authority (CEDA) Health and Well-being Summit Strategic Plan. As a planning strategist, rooted in operational experiences, Monica uses her entrepreneurial skills, creativity, and process-oriented approach to create successful outcomes; she brings individuals, groups, and organizations together in business transactions, collaborative initiatives, and partnership development towards the realization of new ideas, new outcomes.

At the cornerstone of Monica's values and the root of her insight into leadership is the vision of a community's economic well-being. This is demonstrated in her work on projects such as the City of Airdrie's proposal for a new health centre, marketing of destination funds Calgary Hotel Association, economic development plan for a southern Alberta community, healthy workplaces Calgary Chamber of Commerce, medical services Long-term Care Alternate Relationship Plan (ARP), and the Alberta Seniors and Community Supports Accommodation Services Implementation Project (ASIP) – Orientation Services. Her work on these projects is a testament to her innovative problem-solving skills and natural leadership abilities.

Monica is an active contributor to the community and her professional practice groups. With her Institute of Corporate Director Accreditation (ICD.D), she has served as a corporate director of Calgary Economic Development, a lead agency in Alberta for business and investment attraction. In addition, Monica has been a representative member of the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP), focused on inter-municipal collaboration to regional growth and planning. In addition, she held the position of corporate director with Mount Royal University Foundation and a corporate trustee of the Glenbow Museum, an organization providing leadership in visual arts with the largest art collection in western Canada. Monica's directorship committee experience includes audit, stewardship, capital development, and government relations providing leadership as chairperson for the committees. Monica also served as an Adjunct Clinical Associate of the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary. Her teaching focused on leadership and system thinking with undergraduate and graduate students.

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