Legal Aid Alberta announces Interim President and CEO

Edmonton, Alberta (Oct. 27, 2016)  Maria David-Evans has been appointed Interim President & CEO of Legal Aid Alberta (LAA), effective immediately.

Ms. David-Evans brings a wealth of leadership skills and senior-level public sector experience to the interim position.

She retired from the Government of Alberta in 2011, where she had served as Deputy Minister for several departments since 1997. Before joining the provincial government, Maria built her career in public service with the City of Edmonton, assuming increasingly senior roles over her 31-year career there. She concluded her career at the City as General Manager of Edmonton Parks and Recreation, the largest municipal recreation department in Canada at that time.

Ms. David-Evans’ educational achievements also support her interim role at LAA. She holds two masters degrees: an MBA and an MA in Sociology and has completed her course work towards a PhD in criminology. She also holds a Registered Social Worker (RSW) designation. In 2007 she was awarded a fellowship at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business – Centre for Social Innovation.

Ms. David-Evans currently teaches leadership at the University of Alberta’s School of Business as well as periodically facilitating policy workshops for Government of Alberta employees. She has received numerous awards for her leadership and twice has been named one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Maria also served recently on the Board of Legal Aid Alberta.

Ms. David-Evans’ appointment follows the resignation of Suzanne Polkosnik as LAA President & CEO, effective Wednesday, Oct. 26.

The Legal Aid Alberta Board of Directors will begin the process of recruiting a permanent President & CEO immediately. The process is expected to take at least several months.


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Lyle Toop
Vice President, Human Resources

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