Heidi M. Clark


  • 2000 – 2001 Master of Business Administration (MBA) – Business Studies, University of Guelph, Canada
  • 1995 – 1999 Honours Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) – Marketing Management, University of Guelph, Canada
  • 1998 – 1999 London School of Economics, England – Honours in Business Studies Semester

Professional Experience

2013 – 2015    Business Relationship Manager, NZ Landcare Trust, Hamilton and Auckland, New Zealand
• Delivered a strategic fundraising plan and program to the Board, CEO and staff
• Building strong relationships with individuals and businesses to improve the financial position of the Trust and launching Communities for Clean Water Campaign to help raise the profile.

2006 – 2010    Sr. Policy Advisor, Strategic Policy Branch, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA), Toronto, Canada
• Strong understanding of government strategies, stakeholders and communication processes
• Demonstrated excellent negotiation skills, tact and diplomacy managing significant cross-ministry programs (e.g. Climate Change, Species at Risk, Green Energy)
• Experienced at delivering recommendations for executive decision-making and translating these effectively through briefings, cabinet submissions, Minister’s policy committee presentations, and community/stakeholder consultations
• Managed staff across units and competing work priorities to meet tight deadlines
• Performed strategic policy analysis to review and implement key government programs

2007   Policy Advisor, Cabinet Office, Environmental Policy Unit, Toronto, Canada
• Advised ministries how to navigate the government decision-making process, monitored government strategies, measured key results and examined ministry programs
• Provided the Office of the Premier and his Cabinet with advice, support, and analysis to help the government achieve its priorities (Establishing a Climate Change Secretariat, Environmental Legislation, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario)
• Worked with various ministries to deliver and coordinate communications and policy
• Worked on the development of landmark safe drinking water, nutrient management, and natural resource legislation requiring advanced communication and new policy approaches

2005 – 2006   Sr. Issues Advisor – Communications Branch, Ministry of Transportation, Toronto, Canada
• Performed and co-ordinated highly complex analysis of the ministry’s issues environment and its potential impacts on the Ministry’s customer service delivery and the Government
• Supported the Minister’s, Deputy’s and ADM’s Office through morning briefings that explore issues of interest, and communicated the Ministry’s action and response to issues
• Prepared notes and strategic communications to proactively manage contentious issues
• Completed event/briefing material and cabinet submissions for Premier’s Office/Cabinet Office

2004 – 2005   Team Leader – Strategic Policy Branch, Ministry of Transportation, Toronto, Canada
• Co-Led the Results-Based Planning (RBP) for the Ministry of Transportation with Finance
• Supported the DM, Minister’s Office, and other senior executives (e.g. Minister’s correspondence to Premier on MTO performance against Government priorities)
• Liaised and worked with program areas on a regular basis on policy and planning work
• Provided innovative and high-quality products to senior officials to support decision-making (2005-06 & 2006-07 RBP, Deputy Minister’s Performance Plan, Executive Briefing Decks)

2002 – 2004   Research Officer, Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
• Provided confidential non-partisan research to members of all parties, legislative committees and other Assembly clients as an economic, finance and legislative expert
• Worked with the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs (Provided committee report on the Pre-budget Consultations 2003 and 2004)
• Negotiated and managed intra/inter ministry, industry, and public relationships

2002   Policy Adviser/Program Officer, Government of Canada, Guelph, Canada
• Managed the Canadian Agricultural Rural Communities Initiative (CARCI) in Ontario ($9.3M program developed through consultations between industry and stakeholders)
• Responsible for strategic planning, program budgeting, evaluation, planning and review
• Mediated and negotiated community/multi-stakeholder processes to ensure positive outcomes
• Evaluated funding proposals using analysis, good judgment, and review-team approach

1999 – 2001   Management Consultant – TDG Consulting, Guelph, Canada
• Managed, researched and presented reports for Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC)
• Worked on business planning, change management, and community consultation projects

Interests and Awards

  • Strategic Planning Director, Back to Godhead Global (part-time position)
  • Enough Magazine, Editor-in-chief
  • 350 Aotearoa – Communication & Campaign Coordinator, & Member of Board of Trustees
  • University of Auckland, Sustainability Network President – Prasadam distribution & KC programs
  • MBA Scholarship based on academic standing & Entrance Scholarship for graduate studies
  • Business Student Travel Scholarship (London Business Semester) & Dean’s Honour List (80+ average)
  • Completed Certificate in Fundraising with the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand
  • Enjoy chanting, reading Prabhupada’s books, devotional service, swimming, gardening and yoga
  • 2010 – 2012 University of Auckland, Business School, Department of Marketing – Ph.D. Candidate – received a $25,000 scholarship and was also a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Resigned to pursue being a mother.
  • 2009 – 2011 – 350 Aotearoa – Communication and Campaign Coordinator – helped to set up this not-for-profit (charitable trust), deliver its first two annual campaigns and also served in an advisory capacity on the Board of Trustees for several years.
  • 2009 – present – Institute for a Sustainable Society – Director – a charitable trust I set up in 2008. I received $20,000 to do a feasibility study to build and run a community centre and have delivered numerous other initiatives through it.
  • The university of Guelph, Master of Business Administration – Teaching Assistant – I lectured and graded papers during my MBA
  • Certificate in Permaculture and a Certified Yoga Instructor