BPW Edmonton Presents: Leadership in Action

Our first, in a series of four, as we present: Leadership in Action!

Join us on January 22nd as we sit down with Kim Armstrong, QC, ICD.D and Carla Johnson, Ph.D. for a moderated discussion on what makes great leaders. Come learn about transformational leadership in the public sector that is empowering people through authentic, inclusive leadership.

Event Details: 

When:  January 22nd, 2021, from 12:00PM-1:30PM

Where: Zoom Meeting


Your Speaker, Kimberly Armstrong, QC, ICD.D

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:

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.

– 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.


Your Speaker, Carla Johnson, Ph.D.

Carla Johnson, Ph.D., is a leader with the Government of Alberta.  As Director of Implementation, Resources and Engagement in the Department of Education, she leads the development of the plan to implement a new curriculum across the province.

Carla spent the early part of her career as an educator with the Calgary Board of Education while she pursued her doctoral studies.  She came to Edmonton to join the civil service and has since worked in the field of immigration, social services, advanced education, human resources and now, full circle, back to education; leading complex programs that underpin social change.

Carla is an innovative leader, passionate about developing collaborative networks and inclusive teams.  She is an international speaker, on a mission to change how people and organizations work together; a catalyst for engaging and mobilizing teams to create inclusive change.

When she is with her family; a husband, two young daughters and their faithful hound…they enjoy time at the lake.  If they aren’t there, they are scheming on how to get back again.