Stephanie was born and raised in the community of Calgary Midnapore and attended the prestigious “Calgary School” within the University of Calgary, where she earned a degree in political science. Stephanie went on to obtain her Masters in Business Administration in Strategic Management from Rutgers University, where she won their Graduate School of Management Case Competition in 2000.
As a diplomat for the Canadian federal government, Stephanie served in the watch office from 2004-2005 assisting Canadians in distress; had a temporary duty in Argentina in 2006; was chargée d’affaires and Consul for Canada in El Salvador from 2006-2008; and Consul for Canada at the Consulate in Dallas, Texas from 2010-2013. She also served as policy advisor to the Honourable Minister Peter Kent during his time as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for the Americas in the Harper Administration in 2009.
From 2014-2016, Stephanie served as the Executive Director of Common Sense Calgary, a non-profit organization dedicated to lowering civic taxes. She also served as the Alberta South Chair of Equal Voice, a national lobby organization focussed on electing more women to all levels of political office.
Stephanie has been published in the Calgary Sun, the Calgary Herald, the Edmonton Journal and the National Post.
Elected as a federal Member of Parliament in 2017, Stephanie was asked to serve as the Official Opposition Deputy Shadow Minister for Health, holding the government to account on both the legalization of cannabis and the opioid crisis. In September 2018 she took over the position of Official Opposition Shadow Minister for Democratic Institutions in which she worked to safeguard Canada’s electoral processes and strengthen the integrity of the democratic system.
In 2018 Stephanie accepted invitations to become a member of both the Trilateral Commission and the board of CANZUK International. She was most recently elected to the Executive Committee of the Canadian Section of ParlAmericas Interparliamentary Association.
Following the fall 2019 general election, Kusie served as the Shadow Minister for Families, Children, and Social Development, a role she held until September of 2020, when incoming Conservative Party Leader, Erin O’Toole, appointed her as the Shadow Minister for Transport in his new Shadow Cabinet.
Stephanie speaks English, French, and Spanish fluently, and enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband James and their son Edward.