The Ballantree Consulting Group is a British Columbia based firm specializing in transportation consulting services including air & marine port development.
Sandra incorporated Ballantree Holdings Ltd. (now The Ballantree Consulting Group Ltd.) in 1995 and worked on consulting projects with a wide range of clients from 1995 – 2001.
In 2001 Sandra was invited to join Hill and Knowlton in their Vancouver office as a government relations consultant and went on to become Vice President and General Manager for Hill & Knowlton British Columbia. During her time with Hill and Knowlton, she provided public relations and government relations advice and services to clients in BC, nationally and in the US.
In late 2004, Alpha Aviation hired Sandra to assist in their bid to take over the lease of the Boundary Bay Airport. Sandra was subsequently hired as President of the company and spearheaded initiatives to develop an airport masterplan, extend a runway, plan and construct infrastructure (power, water, sewer), construct a 50,000 square foot maintenance building and secure a long term tenancy of Heli One a subsidiary of CHC. She also served as Airport Manager and managed the fuel concession at the airport.
In 2007 Sandra left Alpha Aviation to resume her career as a private consultant working primarily on airport issues including strategic planning, business planning, airport development and community relations.
Prior to her consulting career, Sandra was Vice President of Human Resources for BC’s Children’s, Women’s and Sunnyhill Hospitals. Sandra managed the HR aspects of the integration of these facilities.
Sandra worked briefly for Supply and Services Canada in Victoria and was responsible for procurement, crown assets disposal and payments for the BC Yukon region. She had re-located from Ottawa where she served as Director General of Human Resources for the Department of Justice.
Sandra’s public service career in Ottawa included twelve years with Transport Canada, primarily working in the Aviation Sector. She spent a number of years working as the Director of Policy Coordination, Strategic Planning, Research and Development for the Aviation Group in the deparment.
She also worked for the Department of National Defense and the Public Service Commission in Ottawa.
Sandra has a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and has pursued studies in accounting and public sector management.
She is bilingual.
Sandra has been active in the volunteer sector all her life having served as Chair of Dress for Success Vancouver, a board member on Leadership Vancouver, canvasser for the Canadian Cancer Society, boating and pilotage instructor with the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons