Linda Hughes

Chief Investigator

Linda has a strong background in the not-for-profit sector and government, working with children, youth and families facing many challenges – poverty, abuse, health issues and disabilities. Her skills in creating high functioning partnerships and collaborations and engaging multiple stakeholders have been key to the success of the organizations she has worked with to support the health and well-being of children and youth in Alberta and on the Island.

In Victoria Linda served as the President and CEO of Children’s Health Foundation and CEO of United Way of Greater Victoria. She was also with the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth where she contributed to the Hughes Review final update and the first Growing Up in BC report.

Her career and volunteer work have focused on creating inclusive and supportive communities for at-risk and disadvantaged children, youth and adults. She was the Executive Director of McMan Youth, Family and Community Services, a large child and family serving agency in Calgary, and, for over twelve years, led that organization through unprecedented growth and innovation. In 2005 Linda was the recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal awarded by the Minister of Children’s Services for her outstanding contributions to youth. Prior to joining McMan Linda worked with Child Welfare and Services to Persons with Disabilities managing contracts to community based service providers. Her independent consulting work has focused on program evaluation and program development.

Linda has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in psychology and a Master of Education in Policy Studies – Administration and Leadership – both from the University of Alberta.