Judy Kirk, Director

Ms. Kirk was appointed to the Board of Detour Gold in August 2018.

Ms. Kirk is recognized as one of Canada's leading strategic communications, public consultation and engagement specialists having provided expert advice to the public and private sectors on policy, planning, infrastructure and natural resource projects for nearly 30 years. Social license, better expressed as community acceptance, is a key area of Ms. Kirk’s expertise and experience.  She has successfully managed hundreds of high profile and often controversial consultation and engagement processes.

Ms. Kirk, through Kirk & Co., the firm she founded in 1996, has advised and led community engagement and environmental review processes for such diverse groups as CN Rail, Teck Resources, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Woodfibre LNG, and Indigenous peoples. Ms. Kirk has focussed on delivering economic, social and environmental benefits to communities and project proponents while also respecting timelines, budgets and corporate goals. 

As a recognized leader in her field by provincial and national organizations, she lectures on these topics at institutions and forums including universities, Canada’s Public-Private Partnerships Forum, and industry associations and others.

Prior to founding Kirk & Co., Ms. Kirk was Chief of Staff to the Honourable Gordon Campbell who became the Premier of British Columbia (2001-2011). During her term as Chief of Staff, she established decades-long relationships across political parties and with the senior public service. Her strategic advice is sought by many ministries, particularly those involved in natural resource and extractive industries.

Ms. Kirk holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics and English) from Simon Fraser University.