Lean In Calgary - Lean in Canada

About Our Chapter

Lean In Calgary is Canada’s newest city-wide chapter and is expected to launch in 2019. Founding Chapter President, Susan Elford, APR, CPCC, PCC is leading this charge and spent her first six months in the role researching the needs of the Calgary community, conducting public consultation and visioning sessions for the future of the chapter and hiring key volunteer positions. For the first year of launch, the Calgary Chapter has four main areas of focus: Events, Volunteers, Visioning Sessions and the Calgary Community. Through two visioning sessions held in late 2018, diverse women representing all sectors called for a program tailor-made to Calgary’s unique market. With this feedback in mind, a core volunteer team of seasoned and well-positioned volunteers was formed to fulfill this need. For 2019, the Chapter’s goal is to hold three networking events to introduce the Lean In vision to key stakeholders while establishing a strong presence within the Calgary community.

"Lean In Canada has provided me with an amazing opportunity to connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences in a great venue."

- Ami Patel


Susan Elford


Cara Tobin

VP, Partnerships

Rhonda Macdonald

Co-Head, Programs

Shannon Franzky

Head, Marketing and Public Relations

Jordan Wigle

Head Finance

Sharleen Gatcha

Co-Lead, Circles