Judy Williams, MACT, SEP, BA (French)

Principal

Value Proposition

Judy’s ability to envision ‘the big picture’, articulate meaningful messages that resonate with stakeholders, and facilitate ‘buy-in’ by influencers and interest groups, ensures her clients effectively navigate today’s complex environment to achieve results. She helps organizations, Boards and leadership teams with their strategic planning and communication initiatives, stakeholder relations, advocacy campaigns, market research and brand management. Judy brings a broad perspective to client assignments having held senior positions in oil and gas, telecommunications, not-for-profit, healthcare and post-secondary education. Her ability to position a business using clear focused communications advances critical yardsticks for her clients. Judy’s experience with cultural audits can ensure her clients successfully  engage stakeholders through mergers and acquisitions.

Selected Achievements

  • Developed strategic, stakeholder engagement, and communication plans to help a financial institution successfully navigate through the regulatory process to achieve banking status.
  • Led focus groups in eleven markets across North America to assess and recommend phased retirement program for large pipeline company, thereby retaining key resources while achieving cost savings.
  • Facilitated merger and acquisition initiatives by several Canadian subsidiaries of international companies to engage employees and ensure seamless organizational transitions during periods of significant corporate change.
  • Developed IPO communication, innovative employee share purchase plans, and a new corporate identity to create positive support among decision-makers and to distinguish the company from competitors.
  • Launched successful advocacy campaign in central Canada to create public understanding of the tax component of gas pump prices, thereby shifting public concerns towards provincial and federal governments who take two-thirds of every dollar spent by consumers at the pump.

Prior Experience

  • CEO, Solution Group, facilitating strategic planning and stakeholder engagement strategies to ensure private and public sector clients effectively move the yardsticks on business objectives and program initiatives.
  • Director, Strategic Communications, Global Public Affairs, developing communication and stakeholder engagement plans and facilitating stakeholder research for clients in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
  • Director, Institutional Planning, SAIT Politechnique, completing environmental assessments, engaging Faculty, students and other key stakeholders, and developing a comprehensive ten-year strategic plan for approval of the Board and management team.
  • Principal and Communication and Change Management Lead, MERCER, advising clients on organizational planning and branding, employee engagement strategies, communication and cultural audits, focus groups and employee surveys, pension and health benefits, as well as website and portal development.
  • Assistant Vice President, Public Affairs, TELUS, leading strategic initiatives for the successful privatization of Alberta Government Telephones (AGT).
  • Executive Director, Petroleum Resources Communication Foundation, increasing awareness and understanding among Canadians of Canada’s oil and gas sector.

Qualifications

  • Masters in Communication Technology (MACT), University of Alberta
  • Bachelor’s Degree in French Translation, Laval University, Quebec City
  • Stanford Executive Program (SEP)
  • Canadian Securities Course
  • Former Public Member, APEGA, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta

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To learn more about Judy please contact Managing Partner Mark Olson.

Phone: (403) 264-8195   ext.1003
Toll Free: (888) 282-8450
Email: molson@osborneinterim.com

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