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 communications, community relations 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 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.

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 from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. and was a B.C. Legislative Intern. 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.


Hillary Samson

Director of 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?


Suzanne Walters

Suzanne Walters is a communications professional with more than 20 years of experience in a wide range of public and private sector industries, with a focus on strategic communications planning, issues management and media relations. She led the international media relations program for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, including secondments with the Beijing 2008 Summer Games and London 2012. Following the 2010 Games, Suzanne joined Central 1, a $⁣13 billion financial services organization headquartered in Vancouver, as director of communications and public relations. Previous roles included 8 years as director of communications for The Fraser Institute, an independent public policy organization. She has been an active volunteer at a number of non-profit organizations in the lower mainland.