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Karley Scott

Strategic Planning and Governance Consultant

Work experience


Lead, Indigenous Community Partnerships

Urban Systems, Kelowna BC
  • Work with Indigenous Communities, organizations and governments to provide support in regard to:
    • Strategic Planning
    • Governance Planning and Design
    • Socio-Economic Program Design, Delivery and Evaluation
    • Policy Development 
    • Inter-governmental Relations
    • Community Engagement
    • Facilitation

Electoral Officer 

Westbank First Nation
  • Lead the planning and delivery of member referendums and elections as required under the Westbank First Nation Constitution.


Sole Practitioner / Associate, Kelowna BC
  • Draft legal documents (contracts, estate matters, family law matters, conveyance matters, business and commercial law matters, settlement agreements, legal waivers, releases, demand letters, legal memoranda, research memoranda, legal opinions).
  • Advise on complex legal, personal, business, stakeholder relations, government relations and strategic planning issues.
  • Negotiation / Mediation.
  • Draft court documents.
  • Attend and speak to matters at court.

Candidate in 2015 Federal Election

Liberal Party of Canada, Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola
  • Successful in increasing Liberal vote share by 26.28% in a riding that has been Conservative nearly its entire history, with very few resources. (Up from 10.92% in 2011 to 37.2% in 2015).
  • Achieved a second place finish with only 2% difference in popular vote. The closest margin of vote in decades.
  • Increased interest and involvement in the Liberal Electoral District Association (EDA) executive. Started the campaign with a skeleton executive and ended the campaign with many new members expressing interest.
  • Built a strong network for economic development, stakeholder relations and government relations work both locally and nationally.


Law Student / Articled Student

University of Calgary / FH&P Lawyers, Kelowna BC


Development Officer

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Calgary AB
  • City lead for stakeholder, external and government relations to further the departmental goal of building strong partnerships and allocating funds to organizations that assist urban Aboriginal people in Calgary.
  • Responsible for time management and individual work plans for the expenditure of the Calgary funds. ($1 million annually).
  • Negotiated successfully among stakeholders with conflicting perspectives to achieve agreement on strategies to assist urban Aboriginal people in Calgary.
  • Reviewed proposals requesting funds; advised Senior Executives / Deputy Minister on which organizations to fund.
  • Designed and executed a program monitoring process and ensured compliance with the Financial Administration Act (Canada) and department directives, including review of progress and expenditure reports from funding recipients.
  • Provided oral and written reports to Senior Executives / Deputy Minister on complex issues including: financial considerations, political climate, controversial community dynamics, and partnership initiatives.


Service Canada, La Ronge, SK
  • Highest ranking Federal Official responsible for the northern half of the Province of Saskatchewan.
  • Responsible for stakeholder relations, external relations and government relations. Built and maintained strategic relationships between the Federal Government and community leaders, Provincial and Aboriginal governments, community social groups, businesses, crown corporations, and Aboriginal organizations.
  • Successfully built community consensus on economic development and social programming. Negotiated effectively among stakeholders with long standing disagreements and widely divergent perspectives to achieve agreement.
  • Accountable for financial management including budgeting for salaries, operation and maintenance costs, and program funds exceeding $2M annually.
  • Manage office staff and recruit for vacancies as needed.
  • Effectively managed all service delivery and staff interpersonal issues that arose.
  • Participation in development of strategic operational plans, goals and objectives as part of the Saskatchewan Management Team.
  • Provided oral and written reports to Senior Executives and the Federal Minister on complex issues including:  financial considerations, political climate, controversial community dynamics, and partnership initiatives.

Program Officer

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) , Saskatoon, SK / Calgary, AB
  • Specific focus on introducing and rolling out new initiatives:
    • Urban Aboriginal Strategy; Urban Aboriginal Homelessness; Youth
  • Manage stakeholder, community and government relations.  Establish community collaboration forums of partners with the ultimate goal of creating shared goals and a shared vision to address issues affecting urban Aboriginal people.
  • Responsible for marketing the department's Aboriginal, Youth and Homelessness programs; assessing proposals requesting funding under those programs and monitoring funding contracts.