Deputy Minister Status of Women, Government of Alberta
Ms. Armstrong is passionate about supporting and enabling women to pursue their own, unique leadership journey. In 2013, she was a founding member of the Women in Leadership (WIL) Initiative within the Government of Alberta. WIL is an employee driven movement aimed at supporting, engaging, and empowering each woman within the Government of Alberta to reach her full potential.
Ms. Armstrong has spoken and written about her values based leadership style that emphasizes courage, humility, authenticity and resilience and through this work she encourages others to find their own leadership voice and create transformational change. She is a trailblazer in breaking down communication barriers that inhibit the achievement of great outcomes.
Ms. Armstrong received her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies and her Bachelor of Laws. She has also completed the Police Management Certificate and is currently enrolled in the Institute of Corporate Directors/Rotman School of Management Directors Education Program.
In 1997, she joined the Edmonton Police Service as a Legal Advisor. She was later promoted to the position of Manager in charge of the Professional Standards Branch, Legal Services and Risk Management Branch and was the first woman - and the first civilian - to occupy this position.
In October, 2006, Ms. Armstrong began working for the Alberta Solicitor General as the Executive Director of the Law Enforcement and Oversight Branch. She co-led the Alberta Long Term Crime Prevention Framework and the Alberta Gang Reduction Strategy.
In April, 2011 she was appointed as the inaugural Assistant Deputy Minister of the Justice Services Division for the Government of Alberta and was offered the opportunity to build a new Division that incorporated six diverse Branches.
In June, 2012 she was appointed as the Deputy Clerk of Executive Council and Deputy Secretary to Cabinet. In this role, Ms. Armstrong provided advice and organizational support to Cabinet and its key committees.
Ms. Armstrong was appointed Deputy Attorney General in October, 2013 and to the additional role of Acting Deputy Minister, Justice and Solicitor General in March, 2015. As Deputy Attorney General, she was responsible for the Legal Services Division and Crown Prosecution Service Division. In her role as Acting Deputy Minister, she oversaw a department of 6800 employees ranging from Crown prosecutors to correctional officers, and from court administration staff to Sheriffs.
Most recently, Ms. Armstrong was appointed Deputy Minister of Status of Women on June 30, 2015. She is excited to have the opportunity to develop this new ministry.
This presentation aims to ignite a curiosity about the different ways in which women lead by exploring research and commentary with respect to gender’s impact on leadership. It hopes to inspire women to adopt transformative leadership practices by identifying specific tools and strategies to contemplate. Finally, it will incite women to walk the talk by describing values based leadership and providing a pathway for women to discover their own leadership passions and values, and to then identify how to weave those values into their actions.