Member since 2011
Ms. Palmer has been the Chair of the Edmonton Police Commission since 2016. Prior to being selected as Chair, Commissioner Palmer held the role of President of the Canadian Association of Police Boards.
As a management consultant in health, social services and voluntary sectors, Ms. Palmer brings extensive leadership experience to the Commission. Ms. Palmer has spent a significant portion of her career working in the areas of policy development, strategic planning, program evaluation, communications, negotiations, and stakeholder relations.
From 1998 until 2007, Ms. Palmer was employed by the Government of Alberta where she worked in management with Alberta Health and Wellness. As an executive director, she managed a branch within the health ministry with an annual budget of approximately $250 million. She was the first co-chair of the Primary Care Initiative Committee for Alberta Health and Wellness, responsible for the development of the initial funding criteria and approval of the first Primary Care Initiatives in Alberta. In addition, her branch had responsibility funding a number of innovative projects, such as Health Link. Ms. Palmer was also a member of the Physician Services Committee, had responsibility for academic medicine and other innovative forms of alternate physician compensation, and was an Alberta Health and Wellness representative in the early years of the Arthroplasty project. Through the Government of Alberta Executive Mobility program, Ms. Palmer worked for one year with the Ministry of Community Development. She was responsible for developing an evaluation framework for this ministry.
Prior to working with the Government of Alberta, Ms. Palmer spent about 15 years as an independent consultant. She was contracted to work on projects such as the development and review of management processes for all Alberta Regional Health Authorities on the use of blood and blood products, and project management and data analysis for a needs assessment for the Northern Lights Regional Health Authority.
Ms. Palmer currently serves the community of Edmonton by volunteering her time with the Edmonton Region Persons with Developmental Disabilities Board. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.