Dr. Kimberly Speers is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor and the MPA Project Advisor with the School of Public Administration.. She teaches courses on public sector governance, strategic planning and implementation, public policy, BC politics, research methods, policy analysis, political parties, and food politics.
She also teaches with the national local government program at the University of Alberta and the local government program at Capilano University.
Prior to her arrival in BC, Kim was an Assistant Professor and the Graduate Chair in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba. She completed her PhD in Political Science at the University of Alberta and has a MA in Public Administration from Carleton University, a Master of Arts in History from Queen’s University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Waterloo.
She received an Outstanding Faculty Award in 2009 at the University of Manitoba and in 2008, she received a President's Committee Community Outreach Award.
Kim was also a management consultant with KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Praxis, and IMI Strategics in Alberta prior to moving to Manitoba. She has also worked as a government relations consultant and worked at the federal, provincial, and local levels of government. She also was the Director for Strategy and Policy with the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, Manager of Business Planning and Performance Measurement with Alberta Municipal Affairs and worked for a former Prime Minister to assist him with researching his memoirs.
She is a frequent media commentator at the national, provincial and local levels and many years ago, she was involved in partisan and student politics. She is involved in campaign management at the local order of government.
Her research interests are performance measurement, accountability, change management, project management, and strategic planning in government.