Samantha Howard is the Director in British Columbia for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). In this role, she represents the interests of CFIB’s 10,000 members in British Columbia by leading the legislative, research, and communication activities on issues affecting small and medium-sized businesses.
Samantha has more than 15 years of experience in public relations, communications management, and public policy. Prior to joining CFIB, she worked at BC Hydro as a Stakeholder Engagement Analyst for their Major Capital Projects. Previous to that she worked for the Province of British Columbia for eleven years in numerous roles including Chief of Staff to the Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier, as well as the Ministries of Small Business and Revenue, and Small Business, Technology and Economic Development. While in government, Samantha helped with the creation of the permanent Small Business Roundtable and the development of the Regulatory Reform Criteria Checklist and Small Business Lens.
Prior to joining the government, Samantha managed and worked in small businesses in the retail and restaurant environment. She has a Diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Administration and is certified by the International Association for Public Participation.
Samantha joined the Small Business Roundtable in 2014.