Kim West

President

Kim is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the firm. She has a twenty-five year track-record of executive management, entrepreneurship and communications leadership, advising Canadian and international clients on business strategy and transformation, governance and reputation management. She advises Boards, CEOs and leadership teams in private companies and public organizations on recruitment, talent management and organizational development and has an extensive network across Canada.

Prior to joining Royer Thompson, Kim was partner and chief client officer, NATIONAL Public Relations, based in Toronto, overseeing the transformation of the firm's largest Canadian office with responsibility for the growth, innovation and profitability of the health, marketing, investor relations, corporate and public affairs practices. Prior to becoming a partner in NATIONAL in 2012, she spent over 20 years in Atlantic Canada as a co-owner of a pre-eminent communications advisory firm with offices in Halifax, Saint John and St. John's. As a leader within MT&L and NATIONAL and as an advisor to clients, Kim has focused on developing the whole person, by creating a shared sense of purpose, recruiting and cultivating leadership, and fostering an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.

In 2005, Kim was a founding director of the Atlantic Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors. In 2013, she completed the ICD Director Education Program, earning her ICD.D designation. She has been a member of the faculty of The Directors College and the University Collective Bargaining Academy. She serves on the Board of Directors of Medavie Inc., Medavie Health Foundation (Chair) and the Institute on Research on Public Policy. She previously served on the Board of Directors of NATIONAL Public Relations, CAA Maritimes, IWK Health Centre and is past chair of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Canadian Public Relations Society-NS Chapter and is past vice chair of St.F.X. University Board of Governors. She holds an Honours political Science degree from St. Francis Xavier University, has done graduate studies at Dalhousie University in Canadian Foreign Policy and studied alternate dispute resolution strategy at Harvard University.

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