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Matthew Burbidge

Director of Marketing & Communications, Excel Society


Matthew is a proud and appreciative alumnus of the inaugural class of 2012. Matthew enrolled in the program while serving in the Government of Canada where he provided policy advice to the Deputy Minster of the Treasury Board Secretariat, the Clerk of the Privy Council, and three Presidents of the Treasury Board.

Seeking to expand on his public policy and governance expertise acquired at the Queen’s School of Policy Studies, Matthew intentionally selected the Riddell School of Political Management to gain increased depth and mastery in strategic communications, movement marketing, and stakeholder relations. Equipped with new insights and approaches from outstanding faculty such as Guy Giorno, Rachel Curran, and Dr. Paul Wilson, Matthew was invited to serve on the policy team in the Office of the Prime Minster for the Right Honourable Stephen Harper.

Looking to make an impact in his home Province of Alberta, Matthew relocated to Edmonton soon after, and was invited to join the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition as Senior Outreach Officer for Danielle Smith. In his term Matthew led several legislative issue awareness campaigns, oversaw the management of the Legislative Caucus Office, and supported the Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition in all of her outreach duties.

Since transitioning from public service, Matthew has dedicated himself to the advancement of excellence in acute & community-based mental health care. He is currently the Director of Marketing & Communications with the historic Excel Society in Edmonton, and works directly with over 780 team members to support over 575 people with cognitive impairments, brain-damage, severe addiction, development disabilities, and complex mental health diagnosis.

Last Revision: Jan 07, 2020