Hailing originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Karla shares the honour of being a true Calgarian! And, like many Calgarians, having relocated to Calgary (12 years ago), she has loved every minute!
Karla has a background as a project management professional, where she led and directed large-scale internet application development projects for Fortune 500 Canadian and US companies. She was responsible for multi-million-dollar online programs in an environment where the status quo was the on-time and on-budget delivery of every project.
She knows she can bring this experience and knowledge to Ward 8 and the successful execution of the responsibilities associated with being a city councillor.
Karla's professional career was not limited to Canada but spanned internationally. The insights she has gained should significantly benefit Calgary’s efforts at establishing itself as Canada’s “go to” city and being recognized as an international hub for business, commerce, education, sports, arts and a highly desirable city to live in.
Karla holds a history degree from Acadia University, along with a post-secondary certification in Application and Management of IT. Since she moved to Calgary she has volunteered with the Elizabeth Fry Society as an adult court worker, ski team parent/cook/driver and currently helps work with the crew that creates the culinary delights for the hungry Wednesday lunch crowd at Bow Cliff Seniors Centre.
Karla Charest is committed to act on behalf of all Ward 8 residents and businesses.
Karla understands that voters demand and deserve better treatment by those that they elect into public office.
She will ensure that her voters’ voices are heard, even after their elected councilor takes her place on city council.