We’re a team of enthusiastic communications professionals.
Lesli cares about the work she does, and the kinds of organizations and clients she works for. She is a seasoned communications, community relations and public affairs professional with over 20 years of experience working with clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Lesli founded Boldt Communications in 2001. Over the years, she’s also accepted in-house roles to manage the City of Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Games-related communications and to direct marketing and communications for Vancouver Public Library. Before founding Boldt, Lesli worked in public affairs at Vancity Credit Union, and held several progressively senior positions with the B.C. government in Victoria and Vancouver.
Lesli was born and raised in North Vancouver, B.C. and is a settler in the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. A true West Coaster, she grew up in Lynn Valley, playing in the forest and drinking from Lynn Creek, falling asleep to the sound of rain on the roof, and waking up to the rush of the creek behind her childhood home. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. and was a B.C. Legislative Intern. When she’s not working, you can find her running on trails, taking French lessons, riding her bike, taking long walks, or sipping wine and talking politics with friends. She also dreams of one day fronting her own band.
Director of Operations
As a talented entrepreneur in her own right, Hillary brings cracker-jack business sense and savvy to Boldt’s operations, along with some well-honed editing and writing skills. While she can do just about anything, as Director of Operations, Hillary is in charge of Boldt’s policies and procedures, manages projects, collaborates with Lesli on proposals and business development, helps us set our business priorities, manages budget-related activities…and reads all of the fine print. Hillary joined the Boldt team in 2010.
Hillary was born and raised in Winnipeg, but has spent her adult life in many beautiful places including Ontario, British Columbia, and Innsbruck, Austria. After graduating with an MBA (Entrepreneurship) from the University of Victoria, Hillary worked for eight years at AbeBooks (now a division of Amazon) in communications, marketing and product management. With a passion for supporting small business impact and expansion, she has spent the past 12 years assisting with business operations and growth strategies for social ventures. Hillary has a fabulous teenage daughter, and a delightful stepdaughter, with her Austrian husband. She is grateful that the family is rockin’ the teen years so far – fingers crossed it stays that way!
Suzanne Walters is a communications professional with more than 20 years of experience in a wide range of public and private sector industries, with a focus on strategic communications planning, issues management and media relations. She led the international media relations program for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, including secondments with the Beijing 2008 Summer Games and London 2012. Following the 2010 Games, Suzanne joined Central 1, a $13 billion financial services organization headquartered in Vancouver, as director of communications and public relations. Previous roles included 8 years as director of communications for The Fraser Institute, an independent public policy organization. She has been an active volunteer at a number of non-profit organizations in the lower mainland.
While studying a Master’s in Communications, Allison got her break as a newswire reporter where she filed stories as part of a bilingual newsroom.
Since then, she’s experienced nearly every angle of the communications spectrum, working as a public relations practitioner at agencies in Vancouver and Miami, leading a national magazine as editor-in-chief, and working as a communications manager at the headquarters of a Vancouver-based financial institution.
True to her roots, Allison thrives at writing, media relations and stakeholder outreach. Her understanding of the ever-changing media landscape means she knows how to position clients’ stories so they resonate with audiences. Allison enjoys advocacy initiatives that are bolstered by communications strategies and tactics that support organizations’ internal and external objectives.
Allison is a settler, living on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. When not working, she’s trying to raise two kind and compassionate youngsters.