Shirley Popadiuk

Shirley Popadiuk developed an early interest in issue management when she landed her first job as a hospital communicator more than thirty years ago. Her experience and knowledge in media relations, strategic communications, issue communications and management continued to grow while employed in increasingly senior communication positions for labour relations, human resources consulting, government and health care organizations. As the Manager, Public Affairs Acute Care and Acting Communications Director at the Calgary Health Region (now Alberta Health Services), Shirley and her team faced a daily deluge of complex issues ranging from bed shortages and surgery wait lists to judicial inquiries into patient deaths to hospital closures and labour action.

In 2002, Shirley joined The City of Calgary where she provided communication and issue management support to the environmental, real estate and affordable housing portfolios. As Manager, Communication Partner Services, Shirley encouraged her team of 70 communicators to enhance their knowledge and learning. She spearheaded the development of an issue communication training program to achieve this goal.

Always passionate about learning, an opportunity offered by the then City Manager to develop a corporate issue management program fit with Shirley’s desire to help colleagues avoid the “trial by fire” approach to issue management and to contribute towards protecting the reputation of her employer.  During the past seven years in her current role, Shirley has developed and launched The City of Calgary’s first Corporate Issue Management Program which provides training and support to senior leaders and employees.

As a graduate of McMaster University and Humber College, Shirley holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree, certificate in Public Relations and Accreditation in Public Relations (APR).