Bio (Sandy Walker)
Sandy Walker’s unique expertise in strategic business leadership comes from 25 years in product development and strategic consulting. She supplements this practical business experience with more than a decade organizing and leading mountaineering expeditions to remote areas of the Arctic, Antarctic, Asia/Himalayas, Europe, South America and western North America. Walker brings this unique expertise to various courses in the School of Business at Royal Roads University.
Walker is a 20-year marketing, product development and project management veteran with extensive experience in a variety of industries including publishing, consumer-packaged goods, energy, telecommunications and recreation/tourism in the for-profit, not-for-profit and government sectors. She is an expert in leadership, business strategy, change management, marketing and project management. In 2012, Walker created Routefinder Consulting, a full-service management consultancy specializing in strategic and operations planning, with a specific emphasis on ensuring all stakeholders are engaged in the planning and implementation process. She is currently Routefinder Consulting’s president and principal consultant. Additionally, Walker has a long and diverse experience serving as a director on several not-for-profit boards.
Walker holds a Bachelor of Arts in Languages from the University of Waterloo (1990; a Master of Business Administration in Executive Management with a specialization in management consulting from Royal Roads University (2012); and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration from Taft University. She is also certified in Myers Briggs Type Instrument and IAP2 (International Association for Public Participation). Walker has been awarded the Laura Vidalis Memorial Scholarship (2011), the MBA 2000 Scholarship (2011), the CEO Award of Excellence from Parks Canada (2012) and both a Distinguished Service Award (2010) and Silver Rope for Leadership (2012) from the Alpine Club of Canada.