Participant Profile

Leanna Karremans

Director - Research, Policy and Communications, Pathway Group

MPPAL Public Policy Administration and Law, 2012

Leanna has eight years of experience working at Queen’s Park. She offers a wealth of knowledge in communications, issues management, and media relations.

Prior to joining Pathway Group, Leanna worked in the Ontario Public Service as a Senior Issues and Media Relations Consultant with ServiceOntario and the Ministry of the Attorney General. As a public servant, her positions also included Senior Writer and Editor at the Ministry of the Attorney General, Policy Advisor with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and a Communications Writer in Cabinet Office.

From 2004 to 2008, Leanna worked politically on the provincial level of government as a Legislative Assistant and Issues Manager to the Ontario Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and a Constituency Assistant to Members of Provincial Parliament in Ottawa and Mississauga. She has also been involved in political campaigns, both federally and provincially, since 2004 and has extensive volunteer experience over several years serving the Liberal Party of Canada.

Leanna has also successfully planned and executed lobbying activities on behalf of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, including its inaugural G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit in 2010. This annual global summit calls on G20 Leaders to focus on and agree to implement policies, legislation and incentives that support start-ups and young entrepreneurs.

She holds a Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law from York University and an Honours BA in Mass Communications from Carleton University.