Born and raised in the Calgary Midnapore riding, Stephanie Kusie has significant experience in business, government and the non-profit sector.
At a young age, Stephanie learned first hand just how difficult it is to run a small business. From helping her parents out at the family store to hearing her parents discuss difficult decisions around the dinner table, Stephanie gained a deep appreciation for the struggles that entrepreneurs face.
After graduating from Lord Beaverbrook High School, Stephanie earned a degree in political science from the University of Calgary and a Masters in Business Administration from Rutgers University in New Jersey, one of the top business schools in the United States.
She later worked in consulting and management positions in the private sector and wrote the Canadian government’s foreign services exam in 2002, finishing first out of 8,000 applicants.
As a diplomat for the federal government, Stephanie helped advance Canadian interests while working in the United States, El Salvador, Argentina and as a Senior Policy Advisor to Minister Peter Kent in Ottawa. Her responsibilities included negotiating free trade deals, work related to the Keystone pipeline project and lobbying the United Nations to place Canada on the Security Council. Stephanie’s diplomatic work also took her to harsh prisons in developin g countries where she helped innocent Canadians who were wrongly charged with crimes.
Stephanie most recently served as the Executive Director of Common Sense Calgary, a non-profit organization that helped convince City Hall to freeze property taxes in 2017. In her current capacity, Stephanie has proposed constructive policy ideas to support job creation and save taxpayers money.
Stephanie is a past community association president, the past Alberta South Chapter Chair of Equal Voice Canada and active member of the poverty alleviation group, Working Together For Fun (WTFF). Politically, she has volunteered extensively with Canada’s conservative movement over the past 20 years, having sat on three federal boards and participated in numerous campaigns.
She speaks English, French and Spanish fluently. Stephanie enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband James and son Edward.
I have known Stephanie for many years and greatly appreciated her sage, constructive advice as a civil servant and diplomat during my time as Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister. I am excited that she has decided to seek the Conservative Party nomination in Calgary Midnapore. She's the type of person we need in Ottawa."
- Hon. John Baird, former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Stephanie has been a great, local conservative volunteer for years. She has tremendous political, professional and community experience and is a compassionate, caring person. Most importantly, Stephanie is entering politics because she cares, I’m excited to support her nomination.”
- Heather Forsyth, former MLA - Calgary Fish-Creek
Stephanie has been a great local community leader in Calgary. I've often run into her at community events and volunteering on election campaigns. She has the right principles, work ethic and dedication to be a great addition to our team."
- Tom Kmiec, MP for Calgary Shepard
As I follow the Calgary Midnapore nomination, I am pleased to see a candidate like Stephanie who has been a great local community builder and conservative activist in the race. We need a voice like hers as our Member of Parliament in Ottawa."
- Cindy Ady, former MLA - Calgary-Shaw
It's important to have a Member of Parliament that is grounded and involved in the community. Stephanie would be a great local representative!"
- Amber Stewart, Calgary Board of Education Trustee, Wards 12 and 14
Calgary needs someone smart, tough and principled who won't take no for an answer and will defend Alberta's interests. Stephanie is that person. In the 20 years I've known her, she has consistently stood for low taxes, energy sector jobs and balanced budgets. Your family and community can count on her to continue this fight now more than ever."
- Hon. Pierre Poilievre, MP for Carleton and former Minister of Employment and Social Development
Our caucus needs hard-working people like Stephanie right now - people with positive energy and enthusiasm to recharge our party before the next election. I've known Stephanie for several years now and would look forward to working with her in Ottawa."
- Hon. Lisa Raitt, Ontario MP and former Minister