Colleen Lepik

Colleen Lepik

Principal

“I believe in the real value of public engagement and the tangible impact that successful engagement can have on the bottom line of a project.”

Meet Colleen

 

Passionate. Committed. Results oriented.

Colleen is an experienced communications and engagement specialist with over 13 years working with government (municipal and provincial), and 12 years in non-profit management.

Colleen has a degree in Communications from Simon Fraser University, certificates in Public Participation (Planning, Communications, Consultation Techniques, and Emotion and Outrage) from the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2), and Collaborative Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute of BC, as well as First Nations training through Indigenous Corporate Training Inc. and Bob Joseph.

Colleen is recognized for creating and implementing highly successful, meaningful public and stakeholder engagement campaigns that are results driven. Past projects have included the City of Kamloops’ Tranquille Road Sanitary Main Upgrade (2020), Victoria Street West Improvements (2019-2020) and the Overlanders Bridge Rehabilitation (2015), as well as other capital road projects, transportation master plans, transit service plans, road safety plans, and more.

By being directly involved with projects from the design stage through completion of construction, Colleen has developed a strong understanding of project management and how a project evolves. This allows her to quickly develop a full understanding of a project’s scope, schedule, complexities and challenges, as well as stakeholder needs and expectations. Given the fluidity and many moving parts of most projects, Colleen understands and embraces the need for flexibility when working with project stakeholders (internal and external) and the community.

Colleen is recognized for her ability to build relationships and create transparency with stakeholders, to work “on the ground” with these stakeholders throughout the life of a project, initiate and lead courageous conversations, and create mutual trust. She has established strong community connections in Kamloops and the surrounding area.

While at the City of Kamloops, Colleen was instrumental in initiating a corporate cultural shift towards recognition of the value of meaningful public and stakeholder engagement. She co-authored the City’s Corporate Policy on Public Engagement, as well as the City’s Public Engagement Strategy and Handbook, which has become the recognized standard for all City departments.

Creative Energy Engaged collaborates with other professionals when required, to ensure that all of your needs are met.

Sampling of Past Projects  (Communications and Engagement Lead)

City of Kamloops

– Overlanders Bridge Rehabilitation

– McGill Road Utility Relocation

– Victoria Street West Improvements

– Todd Road Pedestrian Upgrades

– Overlanders Bridge Rehabilitation

– Columbia Street Road Reconstruction

– Grasslands Boulevard Road Improvement

– Windbreak Street Road Reconstruction

– Peterson Creek Multi-Use Pathway

– Valleyview Interchange Multi-Use Pathway

– School Road Safety Plans

BC Transit

– Province-wide Transit Service Public Engagement Plans

Stites Consulting

– Enderby/Splatsin Transportation Plan   (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

– Hwy 5/Clearwater Village Road Intersection Improvements   (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

         What people have said …

“…strong communicator with the ability to navigate, mediate and resolve contentious issues.”

“…a consummate professional and excellent consensus builder.”

“…was able to bring all of the key stakeholders together, keep them holding hands and working together, and greatly minimized public discontent and business losses.”

“…worked hard to ensure that all parties’ views were heard, while at the same time ensuring the project goals and mandate were achieved.”

“…has always demonstrated diplomacy and tact with sensitive issues and offers multiple solutions to help address your needs.”

“Colleen’s passion for communication and engagement, along with a genuine desire to develop relationships with people, made her a critical component to the success of the project.”

Community. Conversations. Collaboration.