Effective this week, Marie Rajic joins Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada (H+K) as senior vice-president and general manager of its Alberta offices. Based in Calgary, she will be responsible for team mentorship and management, client service excellence and new business development.

Most recently the director of sustainability and strategy with TransCanada Corporation—where she led a multi-disciplined department that worked with the company’s pipeline, power, operations and major projects teams on stakeholder relations and sustainability issues—Marie’s expertise complements H+K’s work in the province.

“Marie’s impressive and diverse background in communications, stakeholder relations, energy, sustainability issues as well as team management make her the ideal candidate for this role. Although she will be based in Alberta, Marie will also be available to offer considerable expertise to meet clients’ needs across the country,” says Goldy Hyder, president and CEO of H+K Canada. “In a challenging economic environment that’s still taking new shape, it’s experienced leadership like Marie’s that will help our clients persist and achieve clear, measureable goals.”

Prior to TransCanada, Marie worked for the federal government as the executive director of regional affairs in Alberta. In that position, she was the senior government spokesperson and oversaw the co-ordination of policies, programs and communications for Alberta and the northern territories.

Marie serves on a number of boards—including MITACS, Canada 2017 and on UrbanStar Capital­’s Advisory Board—and was recognized as one of Calgary’s Top 40 under 40; she is also a Queen’s Jubilee Medal recipient. Marie has a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Calgary, as well as both a masters of arts and masters of public administration from the University of Manitoba.