Born and raised in the Calgary Midnapore riding, Stephanie Kusie has significant experience in business, government and the non-profit sector.
At a young age, Stephanie learned first hand just how difficult it is to run a small business. From helping her parents out at the family store to hearing her parents discuss difficult decisions around the dinner table, Stephanie gained a deep appreciation for the struggles that entrepreneurs face.
After graduating from Lord Beaverbrook High School, Stephanie earned a degree in political science from the University of Calgary and a Masters in Business Administration from Rutgers University in New Jersey, one of the top business schools in the United States.
She later worked in consulting and management positions in the private sector and wrote the Canadian government’s foreign services exam in 2002, finishing first out of 8,000 applicants.
As a diplomat for the federal government, Stephanie helped advance Canadian interests while working in the United States, El Salvador, Argentina and as a Senior Policy Advisor to Minister Peter Kent in Ottawa. Her responsibilities included negotiating free trade deals, work related to the Keystone pipeline project and lobbying the United Nations to place Canada on the Security Council. Stephanie’s diplomatic work also took her to harsh prisons in developin g countries where she helped innocent Canadians who were wrongly charged with crimes.
Stephanie most recently served as the Executive Director of Common Sense Calgary, a non-profit organization that helped convince City Hall to freeze property taxes in 2017. In her current capacity, Stephanie has proposed constructive policy ideas to support job creation and save taxpayers money.
Stephanie is a past community association president, the past Alberta South Chapter Chair of Equal Voice Canada and active member of the poverty alleviation group, Working Together For Fun (WTFF). Politically, she has volunteered extensively with Canada’s conservative movement over the past 20 years, having sat on three federal boards and participated in numerous campaigns.
She speaks English, French and Spanish fluently. Stephanie enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband James and son Edward.