Carissa Halton: The Full Story

Carissa Halton is an award-winning writer and author. Her essays have been anthologized and have won provincial and national magazine awards.  Her writing has appeared in many publications including: Today’s Parent, Alberta Views, Azure and Postmedia NewspapersLittle Yellow House; Finding Community in a Changing Neighbourhood is her first book and was a finalist for the 2019 Edmonton Book Prize. 

Her leadership and community advocacy have spanned multiple sectors. She has worked as an inner-city non-profit managing director, a political advisor to government ministers, and communications consultant. Each step of her career has introduced her to passionate people making a big difference in their community.

Through her boutique consultancy, Halton Strategic, she supports teams, organizations and individuals to strategically plan for the future and  communicate in a complex world. Trained by the International Association of Public Participation, she believes good public policy and successful programs start with engaging the people who are impacted the most. Halton Strategic is a proud member of the Lodgepole Consulting Collective, a consultancy of industry leaders helping organizations build thriving communities. By bringing policy advisors, economists and governance and public engagement specialists together, Lodgepole supports clients to build more effective processes, clearly demonstrate value and make better informed decisions which lead to more meaningful services for customers and communities.

No matter what work Carissa has done, telling stories has been at the centre of it. Her narrative style and voice reflects storytelling forms she developed as a long time tour guide and historic interpreter. The themes she returns to in her writing and speaking are shaped by strong social justice values developed in her time spent learning from individuals in Edmonton’s inner city. Sharing these stories, discovered with curiosity, empathy, and humour, guides her work as a professional speaker.

Carissa is active on her school parent council, as well as serves on the boards of the Friends of the Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market Society and Right at Home Society. Carissa lives with her children and husband in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.