Tamara brings 20 years’ experience in corporate communications, public affairs and government relations to her clients, including 8 years at Canada’s top two public relations and public affairs firms. Before that she spent 11 years in public service advising Ministers and Mayors in B.C. municipal and provincial governments.
Tamara’s main interest is how to bring an integrated set of solutions to help clients communicate with audiences and achieve broad support for major infrastructure and other projects. As a trained social scientist (Anthropologist) Tamara is committed to using research and insights on which to base programs.
Clients have included some of BC's largest companies, including regulated utilities, energy sector, including renewables and natural gas and LNG projects, forestry and mining companies, associations, universities, hospitals, transportation organizations, municipal governments, Indigenous Governments, not-for-profits and others.
Tamara spent seven years in BC Government communications, in Manager and Director roles, leading all communications for the Ministries of Energy Mines and Petroleum Resources, Transportation and the Treaty Negotiations Office. She also served as communications, government relations and marketing director for Partnerships BC, the provincially-owned company responsible for public capital project procurement. Before that she ran a BC-wide consultation program for the Legislature on treaty negotiations, and spent four years advising Mayors and City Managers on Aboriginal relations and treaty negotiations.
Tamara has honours Undergraduate and Master’s Degrees in Anthropology from UBC, focused on BC Indigenous Nations.
Tamara grew up in small-town BC in Penticton, and lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son. She is an avid creator, including painting, sewing and calligraphy and loves to read. She is a board member of the Kettle Society, a mental health care organization, and the former Chair of the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House and its Fundraising Committee. She served as President and continues to serve as Vice-President of the Public Affairs Association of Canada BC Chapter and is a member of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. She is trained in public engagement through the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2).