Who we are

We're a team of enthusiastic communications professionals.


Lesli Boldt

President

Lesli cares about the work she does, and the kinds of organizations and clients she works for. She is a seasoned marketing communications and public affairs professional with over 20 years of experience working with clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Lesli founded Boldt Communications in 2001. Over the past 15 years, she's also accepted in-house roles to manage the City of Vancouver's 2010 Winter Games-related communications and to direct marketing and communications for Vancouver Public Library. Before founding Boldt, Lesli worked in public affairs at Vancity Credit Union, and held several progressively senior positions with the B.C. government in Victoria and Vancouver between 1992 and 2001.

Lesli was born and raised in North Vancouver, B.C. A true West Coaster, she grew up in Lynn Valley, playing in the forest and drinking from Lynn Creek, falling asleep to the sound of rain on the roof, and waking up to the rush of the creek behind her childhood home. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (1991) from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. and was a B.C. Legislative Intern in 1992. Lesli divides her time between Vancouver and Victoria, B.C.

When she's not working, you can find her running on trails, taking French and Spanish lessons, riding her bike, taking long walks, or sipping wine and talking politics with friends. She also dreams of one day fronting her own band.

Lesli serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Strait Alliance.


Hillary Samson

Senior Associate, Operations

As a talented entrepreneur in her own right, Hillary brings cracker-jack business sense and savvy to Boldt’s operations, along with some well-honed writing and editing skills. While she can do just about anything, Hillary is in charge of Boldt’s policies and procedures, manages projects, collaborates with Lesli on proposals and business development, helps us set our business priorities, manages budget-related activities…and reads all of the fine print.

Hillary was born and raised in Winnipeg, but has spent her adult life discovering the various wonders (and ski opportunities) in Ontario, British Columbia, and Innsbruck, Austria. After graduating with an MBA, Entrepreneurship, from the University of Victoria, Hillary spent six years at AbeBooks (now a division of Amazon) working in communications, marketing and product management. With a passion for small business development, Hillary has spent the past five years assisting with business launch and growth strategies for start-ups (in the process learning to properly use words such as "gamification"). Hillary returned to Canada in 2012 after an adventurous time living in Europe. She has a gorgeous Mädchen with her Austrian husband and is pleased to report she still remembers how to speak Canadian…eh?


Allison Murray

Senior Associate

While studying a Master’s in Communications, Allison got her break as a newswire reporter – the first step in her decade-long career. Since then she’s experienced nearly every angle of the communications spectrum, working as a public relations and marketing-communications practitioner at agencies in Vancouver and Miami, leading a national magazine as editor-in-chief, and working as a communications manager at the headquarters of a financial institution in Vancouver.

True to her roots, Allison thrives at writing, media relations and stakeholder outreach. Her understanding of the ever-changing media landscape means she knows how to position clients’ stories so they are heard by the desired audiences.

Allison arrived in Vancouver in 2008 by way of the United States, South America and the East Coast of Canada, where she completed her undergraduate degree in the lovely city of Halifax.

She’s settled in East Vancouver with her husband, their toddler and the family dog. She likes to go running, read (in short bursts due to the toddler), drink lots of coffee (again because of the toddler), and make regular visits to New Brighton Park as she’s learned that toddlers and dogs do well in large, open spaces where they can’t destroy anything.