Claire brings a wealth of political and communications experience to her role as Senior Advisor. With nearly two decades in provincial politics in British Columbia, Claire understands how to move policies from ideas to implementation. She supports clients with strategic insights to advance their priorities at all levels of government.
Formerly the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Claire departed British Columbia politics on a high note. Her successes included introducing ride hail to the province; developing and implementing the province’s first active transportation strategy; and developing a framework for project labour agreements.
Claire spent more than 15 years as an elected MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly) for the large rural constituency of North Island. Her legislative career included a broad range of Shadow cabinet posts during NDP’s opposition party status.
In these roles, she addressed issues from women’s rights through childcare to social development and, of course, transportation and infrastructure. She spent time working on Legislative committees for Children and Families, Finance, and Sustainable Aquaculture. Claire also served a term as a Deputy Speaker of the BC Legislature.
Prior to entering electoral politics, Claire worked as a lead on strategic communications projects both domestically and internationally. She was a spokesperson with the UN, was the Chief Communications Officer in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Mission in Kosovo as well as in Canadian and US sponsored missions abroad. She has also worked on voter access in Iraq, corporate governance in Macedonia and projects from Guatemala to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Claire’s roots are in journalism where she was a reporter, producer and editor for the BBC, The Guardian (UK), and the CBC among other organizations. She has covered international issues from human rights to war to the environment. She holds a B.A. (Honours) from the University of Birmingham and has a background in International Studies from Jacksonville State University.
Claire lives on Quadra Island and loves camping, walking, cycling, gardening and reading.