As the Sr. Director of Facilities, Sustainability, Sourcing and Procurement for Staples Canada. Leigh is responsible for the facility maintenance, repair, and service-related programs and partners/contractors for all Canadian properties (320+ locations) inclusive of Retail, Corporate, Warehouse and closed-door locations. Leigh is responsible for setting the sustainability agenda and identifying key focus areas for the company inclusive of numerous customer facing recycling programs, internal waste diversion, community-based recycling initiatives and energy management inclusive of Staples commitment to renewables.
For her efforts, Leigh was named to Canada’s 2014 and 2016 Clean50, which offers recognition to Canada’s leaders in sustainability for their contributions over the prior two years and has been honored by Retail Council of Canada twice in the area of Sustainability.
Leigh has fiscal responsibility for the capital and expense budgets for all Facility related initiatives for all Staples locations in Canada and oversees procurement inclusive of non-trade supplies and Corporate Travel.
Leigh started with Staples in 1997 as a Management Trainee and has held several store management roles. In 2001 Leigh assumed responsibility for centralizing facility management for the retail locations. A team of one that over 22 years as grown is size, scope and sophistication of process. Leigh leads a diverse team in a fast-paced environment and strives to bring awareness to the Facility Management industry through her work with Connex.
Leigh was elected to the Connex (formerly Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association) Board of directors in 2014 and was elected as the 2016-17 Chair of Board. The second female in 25 years to hold the role and the first Canadian in the position.
Currently Leigh is the Vice Chair of the Connex Charitable foundation and sits on the associations ESG committee.