Keynote- Kimberly Armstrong
Kim Armstrong, Deputy City Manager of Employee Services at The City of Edmonton, will describe the City of Edmonton’s Diversity and Inclusion Framework – the Art of Inclusion. The Framework is developed around engaging heartset, skillset and mindset and has several pillars with specific actions that she will describe. She will also speak about how, in today’s environment, engaging in innovative practices and supporting courageous conversations is not optional – as organizations, we literally have no choice. Given that reality, she will invite you to consider how, as leaders, we foster an enterprise wide culture that encourages and supports increasingly modernized, transformative thinking. She will focus on courage as an essential ingredient in creating a culture of openness, challenge, risk taking and inclusivity. In Kim’s view, embracing and living life courageously has enormous potential to improve and evolve our world and our workplace.
Kim has received her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies from Queen’s University and her Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School. She has also completed the Police Management Certificate through the University of Alberta.
She spent nine years working with the Edmonton Police Service, first as a Legal Advisor and then as Manager in charge of the Professional Standards Branch.
From October 2006 to August 2018, Kim held numerous Government of Alberta positions, including:
– Deputy Clerk of Executive Council and Deputy Secretary to Cabinet;
– Deputy Attorney General;
– Deputy Minister, Status of Women; and
– Deputy Minister, Seniors and Housing.
In 2013, Kim co-founded the Government of Alberta Women in Leadership movement.
Currently, Kim is the Deputy City Manager of the Employee Services Department at the City of Edmonton. She is leading a team dedicated to the creation of a positive, vibrant and safe workplace culture for the City’s employees.
Kim has always been passionate about supporting and empowering women and leveraging diversity to ensure inclusive environments.
In July 2020, The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion recognized the significant contributions made by Kim Armstrong to diversity and inclusion by honouring her as the 2020 Senior Executive of the Year. This award was given in recognition of her outstanding contribution to diversity and inclusion and her commitment to using both these tenets to drive change within the City of Edmonton.
She is the mother of two very busy teen-aged boys and is married to a police officer. Kim enjoys yoga, cycling and walking her dog, Hank.