Danielle Van Huizen is an executive-level advisor with over 12 years’ experience providing advice on a broad range of topics while also working several years with Indigenous groups across B.C. in different capacities. Drawing on her proven experience, Danielle provides clients with broad advice as it relates to building and maintaining relationships with Indigenous groups with the goal of obtaining project and operational certainty. She also has deep experience providing strategic planning, policy development and issues management advice on a broad range of issues and topics.
Before joining Kirk & Co., Danielle worked at BC Hydro, serving as senior advisor to the CEO and Senior Manager in Indigenous Relations. In these roles, she was responsible for the effective implementation of executive vision and direction, advised on finding solutions to major project issues on the cusp of litigation, and worked closely with senior leadership to ensure priorities were being met and the workforce was engaged.
Danielle led a team of close to 20 individuals responsible for developing and leading the company’s Indigenous relations strategy, leading all negotiations, and overseeing and advising on the implications of policy development and regulatory changes. Her team was also responsible for recommending enhanced business practices around Indigenous engagement, and advising the company on their Indigenous employment and training programs.
Before her time at BC Hydro, Danielle worked as a management consultant advising both public and private sector clients on complex negotiations, organizational effectiveness reviews and strategic planning.
Danielle played varsity volleyball at the University of British Columbia for five years while studying Human Kinetics. She then completed a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration at the SFU Beedie School of Business.