Heidi J. T. Exner is currently a Juris Doctor (JD) candidate at UCalgary Law, a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) candidate at the Haskayne School of Business, and a non-resident Graduate College Scholar at the University of Calgary. Off campus, she is preparing to take the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams, and she anticipates acquiring the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation in 2022. Heidi founded the Exner Foundation as a law student when she identified a severe gap in legal, academic, and industry understanding about white-collar crime issues. She believes the crucial starting points to inform emerging law and policy around Canadian white-collar crime issues are public advocacy measures and to encourage and bridge academic and industry acumen. Collectively, she believes these steps can create a more robust platform from which to understand the issues themselves – and the practical implications to potential ways to address them.
An avid researcher and writer, Heidi has co-authored peer-reviewed work with UCalgary Law’s Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Director of Research, and she pens editorial and analysis pieces in an array of local, national, and international publications at regular intervals. Heidi is also a freelance journalist. She currently serves as the Canada Bureau Chief at JURIST Legal News and Commentary and she is the Editor-in-Chief of her law school’s student-run publication.
Heidi has received a multitude of awards and scholarships for her community leadership and academic achievements. She is an avid animal rights advocate, a mentor to aspiring law students and entrepreneurs, and she is passionately engaged in community-building endeavours. She is an active philanthropist, a past Board Director of Calgary Legal Guidance (CLG), and the past Chair of the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts Alumni Advisory Council (FoAAAC).