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Patricia Hardie

Visiting Scholar

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Patricia Hardie has spent the majority of her 25-year career communicating complex public policies and programs to a wide range of audiences, building key relationships with partners and stakeholders, and providing strategic advice to address ministerial priorities. Her experience spans both the private and public sector, having held several positions within the Government of Canada, as well as in marketing and performance improvement.

In her most recent role at Environment and Climate Change Canada, she managed a cross-country team to launch the Government of Canada’s historic Nature Legacy, delivering effective communications on nature-based solutions to climate change, protected areas, and species at risk. Her work has led her to develop numerous collaborative partnerships with non-governmental organizations, Indigenous Peoples, and provincial and territorial counterparts across Canada.

Patricia spent 10 years at Citizenship and Immigration Canada in various roles in publishing, media relations and public affairs. She established a visual identity and brand management program, oversaw the implementation of a departmental green policy, and initiated an innovative series on refugees with the Globe and Mail. Early in her career, she also worked in organizational development, where she created and managed an interdepartmental mentorship program, and designed and facilitated team-building workshops.

She is passionate about the critical role strategic communications can play in informing decision-making, driving successful policies, and bringing about change.

Patricia lives with her family in Wakefield, Quebec, and volunteers with a local non-profit community-based organization — Action Chelsea for Respect of the Environment. She is a Fellow of Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration and holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Writing from the University of Waterloo.