Vanessa Sutton is a Penticton Secondary School graduate who is a Certified Management Accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators in Canada.
She was the chief administrative officer for local government and was responsible for overseeing a multi-million dollar annual budget for more than 22 years.
During her tenure she worked extensively with elected and appointed officials at all levels of government to address emergent issues surrounding air and water quality, transportation, and health care.
In 2002, she was the Project Coordinator for the Okanagan Valley Green Sustainable Economic Development Study in cooperation with three regional governments, federal and provincial agencies, First Nations, numerous chambers of commerce, NGOs and industry stakeholder groups.
In response to Prime Minister Paul Martinís encouraging words to women to enter federal politics, the promise of free votes in the house, a desire to enhance existing federal financial accountability systems, and the sincere desire to protect and enhance the enviable Okanagan-Coquihalla quality of life, Ms. Sutton decided to offer her extensive skills in local government policy development and professional financial management to the electorate.