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Alberta Party AGM: Board Nominations

These are the names and biographies of people nominated to Alberta Party board of directors.

David Boroditsky, Edmonton-Glenora

David has served on the board of the Alberta party for 2 years, and currently acts as the party’s chief information officer. This role sees him managing, maintaining and building the party’s information management processes as they relate to our web site, membership management, fundraising, and other areas.

As Albertans we often hear about having the right to a government that represents all citizens, the right to having our government be open, and the right to participate in the decision-making processes, but David also believes that as citizens it is our responsibility to be engaged in the process of securing and maintaining these rights.

David has lived in Edmonton for 30 years and owns a small business that’s been providing custom programming and related services for 19 years. David is married to Monica and they have two small children, and their house in Edmonton-Glenora will be celebrating its 100th birthday soon.

Joe Bower, Red Deer

I am a fifth generation Albertan whose family has farmed in the Red Deer area for over 100 years. I live east of Red Deer on our family farm with my wife Tamara and children Kayley and Sawyer. I have taught for 15 years in Red Deer which includes mostly middle school (grades 6 & 8) and 4 years teaching in a children's' inpatient psychiatric assessment unit. This year I am teaching grade 6 & 8 language arts and social studies.

I am an author and speaker on a variety of topics related to education, and I have a strong social media presence on my blog www.joebower.org and on Twitter @joe_bower.

In my previous political life, I was a member of the Progressive Conservatives and served as a local president to Red Deer North's PC Association. However, today I see the Alberta Party as the authentic alternative to a legacy of PC cronyism, Wildrose antics and an opposition mired in loser brands.

Ken Chapman, Edmonton-Glenora

Ken is a long time resident of Edmonton. He graduated from the famed Victoria Composite High School, and the U of A with a BA in English and Economics, and Law. He practiced law for decades, ran a boutique public policy consultancy, worked with a number of oil sand companies on collaborations on growth issues in the oil sand region. He has a keen interest in politics, public policy and engaged citizenship. He is a systems thinker and a change agent. He has served on many non-profit boards in post-secondary, arts, culture and social justice issues. He received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for his service to the community and selected as one of Alberta's 50 Most Influential people by Venture Magazines in 2010. He is an avid reader and enthusiastic blogger on politics and oil sands responsibility and sustainability development concerns.

Pat Cochrane, Calgary-Elbow

Pat has lived in Calgary since 1993 and has been involved in her community in many ways, including issues and activities focused on education, the arts, politics and community service. Some of her involvements are listed here:

    • Served the residents of City of Calgary Wards 8 & 9 as an elected public school trustee for fourteen years, twelve of those as Chair of the Board of Trustees.
    • Served as a Board Member (seven years) and Co-Chair (two years) of the Board of the Child and Family Services Authority of Calgary and Area.
    • Board Member of Sage Theatre Company for four years.
    • Board Member (five years) and President (two years) of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Calgary and Area. I was an in-school mentor for BBBS for seven years.
    • Founding Governor of Education Matters, Calgary’s Public Education Trust and served as a member of the Board of Governors for eleven years.
    • Member of the Campaign Executive Team of the Naheed Nenshi election campaigns of 2010 and 2013.

Pat has been involved in the Alberta Party since 2009 as a party member, financial contributor, participant in the Big Listen, and, briefly, as a member of the Board of Directors. She is keenly aware of the need for change in Alberta politics and is very excited about the Alberta Party’s role in effecting change in our province.

Pat is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Leadership program at Royal Roads University.

Ilyas Gora, Calgary-Foothills

Ilyas is a passionate community volunteer and engaged citizen who has been politically active for over a decade. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Calgary, where he has served as an elected Students’ Union representative, leads the Commerce Undergraduate Society’s Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development Program, and is actively involved in a variety of student organizations - including most recently founding the Alberta Party campus club. He is also the Vice-President Operations and Finance, Get Out The Vote - University of Calgary.

As a born and raised Albertan, Ilyas recognizes the need for a better approach to politics and firmly believes the Alberta Party is the vehicle to deliver that change. Since joining the Party in 2011, he has been sharing his excitement for this growing movement with colleagues, friends, and strangers on the c-train, and will channel this passion into his role on the Board of Directors. He has extensive board and committee experience with a range of organizations. He is organized, dedicated, is an effective team player, and can provide a unique perspective, especially re: insight on youth and post-secondary.

In his spare time, Ilyas can be found cycling, exploring the province, and people watching.

Pearl Gregor, Leduc-Beaumont

Pearl has three adult children, six grandsons and one granddaughter. She operates a small beef farm, cheers on grandkids at baseball, lacrosse, WHL, Junior and local hockey, dance, and school sports. She gardens extensively and work with two organizations in her local community. She is active politically at the local and to a small degree at the provincial levels. Pearl is the Executive Director of the Gregor Foundation. She travels whenever and wherever possible.

Pearl is committed to having some small part in bringing integrity, servant leadership and principled governance into a lead role in this province.

Pearl is retired from a variety of education positions in Alberta. She has taught grades 6 through 12 in five Alberta communities and worked in both K-9 and high schools as a school administrator for 8 years. She has worked as an education consultant for 11 years in fields ranging from social studies, language arts, school leadership, Aboriginal band operated schools, and private schools and chaired evaluations of schools and school districts across Alberta. Pearl formed her own consulting company in 1999 and worked as a private education consultant until 2006. She completed her doctoral degree in 2008 from University of British Columbia after retiring to part time work as a sessional instructor with the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta. Pearl finished working at the University of Alberta at the end of the 2012 fall term and today she pursues the study of Jungian theory in dreams and the collective unconscious.

George R. Hauffe, Edmonton Southwest

Originally from Laval, Qc, a Machine-tool technician by vocation, today a successful CSP accredited Business Development Specialist, George helps manufacturers grow their market share through the implementation of innovative equipment and modern technology.

In April 2004, the Hauffe’s traveled to Alberta on vacation which turned into a relocation. By January 2005, the family was settled in Alberta leaving behind friends, family and a political stew, and life began anew!

In 2012, George came across the MLA Guidelines posted on the Alberta Party website, excited that someone finally got it right - that MLA’s will act in the best interest of their constituents instead of the other way around. It was time to get involved.

After having coffee with Greg Clark at a local Tim Horton’s and talking politics, that was that! George finally aligned with a political party, becoming a member in 2014.

George served as a Director for the Heritage Point Community, taught under-privileged youth MMA to be Bully-Proof and is a current volunteer for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. He is a motorcycle enthusiast, martial artist, photographer and habitual volunteer.

John Hudson, Edmonton-McClung

John has been a party member since 2010.He was the Alberta Party candidate in Edmonton McClung in the 2012 election and has secured the nomination to run again in the next election. He sat on the board last year and was part of the policy committee focusing on Cultural Industries. He is the Executive Director of The Vasconic Theatre and the Artistic Director of Shadow Theatre, and is a founder of both organizations. John is a past Chair of the Edmonton Arts council, was a director on the board of the Old Strathcona Business Association and the ACTRA board (the film and television actors union). He lives in Edmonton with his wife Sandy and their two daughters Charlotte and Bella.

Phil Hyde, Red Deer South

Phil lives in Red Deer with his wife Colleen of 41 plus years, their daughter Lisa and their two grandchildren Elena and Samuel. Their youngest daughter Kaelie lives in Vancouver. Phil works at UFA in sales and is very involved with his community. He has been involved in politics for as long as he can remember and believes a change is long overdue for Alberta. Phil is pleased to serve on the Board of Directors and help with the Alberta Party mission of change in how we do politics in this great Province and in Canada.

Tony Jeglum, Lacombe-Ponoka

Tony was the 2012 Alberta Party candidate in Lacombe/Ponoka. He was elected to the Alberta Party board of directors in 2012 and 2013 and worked for the Party as Executive Assistant to Greg Clark. Tony is the current chair of the Agricultural policy committee, and he is the reason Alberta Party Annual General Meetings are no longer held in September.

Connie Jensen, Drayton Valley-Devon

Connie has enjoyed serving the Alberta Party as the secretary of the Board of Directors for 2013-14 and is pleased to continue in that capacity for the current year. The past twelve months have been a time of rebuilding our administrative core, and Connie is very proud to have worked with such dedicated and brilliant members of the Board. She is optimistic that the Alberta Party will continue to renew, reshape and redefine the future of our province.

Connie is a retired school teacher/administrator from the Drayton Valley/Devon constituency. She has been a lifetime farmer and rural advocate. Connie holds a Masters degree in Education Administration, and in addition to schools, learning and politics, is an avid gardener, musician and traveler.

Midge Lambert, Battle River-Wainwright

Midge has been involved in provincial politics for the last 10 years, formerly with the Alberta Greens and then with the Alberta Party for 5 ½ years as Membership Chair. She was involved in the initial renewal of the Party that took place in 2010, and was a candidate in 2012 for Alberta Party in Battle River Wainwright.

Midge is a lifelong Albertan and much of her energy is geared towards making sure the rural perspective is represented and respected in our province. She holds a passionate belief that we cannot have a great province if we don’t start caring more for our water, our land and our air. She believes the Alberta Party Vision of collaboration, transparency, integrity and diversity is sadly missing in our current government which has forgotten that they must serve Albertans first.

Robert Leddy, Edmonton-Mill Woods

Husband to a wonderful wife and father of 3 beautiful daughters, Robert has been with the Alberta Party since 2008 and served as Provincial Board Director and Party Leader from 2009 to 2010. During the 2012 Alberta Provincial Election he was the Candidate for Edmonton Mill Woods. Robert currently serves as President of the Alberta Party Edmonton Mill Woods CA.

Ken McNeill, Calgary-Buffalo

As the founding Board Chair of the Calgary Arts Academy Society, Ken helped in the creation of the Calgary Arts Academy – a public charter school. Through the political advocacy plan of the school, he met Dave Taylor, who asked if he would join the Calgary Currie Independent Constituency Association. In Ken’s words, he essentially felt disenfranchised by the meaningless political choice between “Tweedledum” and “Tweedledumber”. (The reader can apply their own personal judgment as to who is who!)

It was at this time that Ken discovered and became involved in the Alberta Party which, then and now, represents to him the way out of what he calls the political absurdity that passes for government in this province. He grasped the larger hope and joined the Party in Nov/2010.

Ken started the Other Club – an odd mix of jovial nonsense and seriousness of purpose – to support Party activities in Calgary. He also started a number of Specific Issue luncheon groups which are intended to be the precursors of policy committees. At the 2012 AGM, Ken was elected to the Board and served as VP Fundraising. In 2013 Ken was elected as Vice-President. He is committed to actively assisting in the realization of the shared goals and aspirations of all members of the Party.

Alex Middleton, Calgary-Elbow

Born in England, Alex moved with his family to Calgary in 1983. Alex graduated from Mount Royal University’s (college at the time) journalism program. As a journalist, Alex moved to Tokyo, then onto London and later to Madrid. He worked for both the CBC and The Globe and Mail in Europe, covering everything from politics to the 2004 train bombings in Madrid.

In late 2004 Alex returned to Calgary and left journalism for public relations. Over the last ten years, he has handled media for the Calgary Stampede and worked for Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm. For the last two-plus years, he served as Director of Communications for the Alberta College of Art + Design. Alex founded Calgary’s TEDxYYC and grew it from a 100-person event in a basement to last year’s 1,600 strong event at the Jubilee Auditorium. Alex sat on the original PechaKucha committee, ran the arts advocate organization ArtsVote and was on Alberta’s Culture Days group.

Alex was the director of the communications for Chris Turner’s campaign in the 2012 Calgary Centre Federal by-election. From that point, he was hooked on politics. The next year, he joined Druh Farrell’s re-election committee, as a communications strategist, where he did media training and media relations on the way to getting the Calgary City councilor re-elected for her fifth term. Recently, Alex handled the media relations for Greg Clark’s run at Calgary-Elbow. Alex currently fills the media relations role for the Alberta Party and would like to continue in that position.

Susan Peacock, Edmonton-McClung

Susan began her journey into political involvement after leaving a 30 year career with Edmonton Public Schools. As first a Campaign Manager, then later in helping to staff a Constituency office, Sue began to become very familiar with what is very right yet at the same time truly flawed in our Alberta system of democracy. As she became more engaged in both provincial, then in 2011, Federal politics, Sue had an opportunity to knock on thousands of doors, and chat with countless folk from all walks of life and from all levels of political awareness and engagement. She describes it as an inspiring life lesson that convinced her of the need to keep trying to raise awareness that Albertans live in a wonderful province which is in need of every citizen’s energy and input, not just that of special interest groups.

In late 2011 Sue was invited to attend an AP Big Listen. The adjudicator and the variety of people in attendance was enough to convince her to become re-engaged in provincial politics, an arena from which she had retreated. She once again strongly felt the need to find a more hopeful and exciting platform into which she could put her energies and expertise. The AP held a hand out to voters from across the ideological spectrum.

In the 2012 election, people on the John Hudson (Edmonton McClung) core team were literally from Liberal, ND and PC backgrounds, as well as from no previous affiliation and Sue found it so refreshing to see how they all worked in harmony toward the common cause of a better managed future for Albertans.

It is that sense of hopefulness that leads Sue to again become involved at a deeper level in provincial politics and to help in whatever ways she is able.

Gil Poitras, Leduc-Beaumont

Gil was appointed to the Alberta Party Provincial Board in 2013. He is the President of the Alberta Party Leduc-Beaumont Constituency Association. He is a former Councilor for the Town of Beaumont, a Past President PC Leduc-Beaumont-Devon Provincial Constituency Association and a former Vice-President Communication Federal Edmonton-Millwoods/Beaumont Riding Association.

Dr. John Rook, Calgary-Acadia

Dr. John Rook is a passionate servant leader who champions the belief that poverty can be solved. With a doctorate from Oxford University, he has spent years both at the front lines and in academia to gain both a theoretical and practical understanding of the issues facing people in poverty. It is this perspective that makes him a desired speaker at conferences and mentor to many who struggle with solutions.

Dr. Rook has lectured for diverse audiences; academic, professional, governmental and theological. He tackles topics related to both poverty and prosperity, and policy change. He unravels the theoretical and connects the dots between historical and current research. More importantly, he has a practical sense of the reality of poverty from several decades of work in the trenches. For six years he chaired the National Council of Welfare, a federal body reporting to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Canada proposing recommendations for improving Canadian lives to the Canadian Parliament.

He has received numerous recognitions for his work from the City of Burlington, Ontario’s Celebration of Service Award (1996) to the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013). He is a published author and has served on local, provincial and national boards. He sat on the Provincial Interagency Council on Homelessness and chaired the Research committee. He is a board member of the Basic Income Canada Network and Vibrant Communities Calgary.

Currently he is Director of the Canadian Poverty Institute at Ambrose University in Calgary.

Sandy Simmie, Stony Plain

After meeting Greg Clark, Sandy joined the Alberta Party in March 2014. She has attended several public meetings with Greg and arranged a meet-and-greet in Stony Plain for him. Sandy takes her democratic responsibility seriously believing that, "In democracy we get the government we deserve." (Alex de Tocqueville) She has become involved because she wants a better province for her children, grandchildren, the vulnerable and marginalized.

Raised and educated in Calgary, Sandy started a diversified career as a Medical Technologist and moved into medical sales and western Canada sales management. Retraining she spent 10 years in trades as an entrepreneur. Recently retired she lives in Stony Plain, is married to John and has two grown children and five precious grandchildren.

Having held positions in healthcare, technology, the trades, sales and sales management and served on two provincial boards of directors, Sandy wants to use her skills in business management, organization, and policy development to work on the Alberta Party Board of Directors. With a heart prepared to serve the people of Alberta, Sandy is interested in policy development; passionately seeking a complete overhaul of our social systems, stabilizing Alberta's revenues, development of renewable energy, and creating a shared prosperity in Alberta. She is willing and available to be hands and feet on the ground wherever needed.

Evert Smith, Calgary-Shaw

Born in Calgary October 28, 1951, Evert had the pleasure and experience to live, work, travel and enjoy the majority of Alberta. Graduated from NAIT, Forestry Program 1976, he retired from ASERD in 2012, after 32 years or public service and currently employed with the pipeline industry.

Married with 3 children and 4 grandchildren, his wife passed in 2011.He is an active member of the College of Registered Professional Forest Technologists, recipient of the Premiers Award 1999 Bronze communication team, Premiers Award Silver 2008 Integrated Land Management Project, Premiers Award Gold 2009 Mobile Office project, 2011 Alberta AZTEC award for Mobile Office project and Honoree/Nominee Canada’s Government Technology Event (GTEC) Ottawa.

Evert has extensive knowledge and experience that he would bring to the Alberta Party Board on the current legislation, polices guidelines and standards that apply to the Alberta resource sectors. He can provide recommendations on how the Alberta Party can develop better policies for the environment and resource sectors while balancing human impacts and growth with a sustainable environment. His extensive knowledge of Alberta provides him with significant insight into the regional differences and needs of the various constituencies across Alberta.

John Stewart, Leduc-Beaumont

John has had a lifelong interest in politics. In late 2009, he started to become concerned about how the politics of the day was affecting the lives of Albertans so he decided to become involved. John attended some meetings of his local Conservative Party Constituency Association but after a few meetings started to realize that the talk, although not blatant, seemed to revolve around what was good for the party and the local MLA. The focus of conversation was not on what was good for Alberta. Moving into 2010, John decided to check out the Wildrose party. He attended 2 CA meetings. The talk was squarely focused on defeating the conservatives. Once again the focus was not on doing what was right for Albertans.

John then found the Alberta Party with ideals that seemed to match his own. With the code of conduct for its MLAs, including the mandate to vote the will of their constituents and its dedication to public consultation, he felt he could support them. At the same time the municipal election took place and John ran for councilor in the Town of Beaumont. He held a seat from 2010 until 2013. This experience enabled him to see firsthand how politics works in Alberta and further motivated him to make a contribution and try to improve the system. He believes the system can be improved to be more democratic. He believes that politics can be done differently. This is why John has chosen to spend time on the Board of directors of the Alberta Party. John is married with 4 active kids and works as a project manager for an electrical contracting company.

Jeremey Strautman, Edmonton-Mcclung

Jeremy Strautman was born and raised in Metro Edmonton and has worked in finance and accounting for nearly ten years for Alberta-based public mining and mineral exploration companies. Mr. Strautman is the Chief Financial Officer of Grizzly Discoveries Inc. (TSXV: GZD) based in Edmonton, Alberta. Having studied mathematics and political science at the University of Alberta in the 1990’s, Jeremy subsequently obtained a Diploma of Accounting from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 2005 and has returned to NAIT in preparation to qualify as a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Jeremy joined the Alberta Party as a member and volunteer in 2014 and is a member of the Board of the Edmonton-McClung Constituency Association and the Edmonton-McClung Nominations Committee. Jeremy is committed to supporting the Alberta Party’s efforts to bring modern, ethical, transparent, and accountable government to a growing and diverse Alberta. He also shares the Alberta Party’s key values of prosperity, fiscal and social responsibility, sustainability, democracy, and quality of life for all Albertans.

Bill Talbot, Edmonton-Strathcona

Bill is letting his name stand for nomination to the Board of Directors of the Alberta Party because he would like to help to make the party a strong political force in Alberta. He brings to the board a willingness to take on various tasks and the commitment to complete them, strong communication skills, and the ability to help to find common ground on contentious issues. Bill has extensive leadership experience, having served variously as coordinator, curriculum consultant and professional development leader for Edmonton Public Schools; Phorms Bilingual School, Berlin, Germany; ACS Cobham International School, Cobham, England; Bavarian International School, Freising, Germany; Alberta Education, and The University of Alberta. He has also served on the executive of the English Language Arts Council of Alberta, chaired the Leadworks Writing Conference for Edmonton Public Schools, served as a consultant to Gage, Prentice Hall and Collier Macmillan publishing companies in their development of educational materials, and was lead writer of the Alberta Education Senior High English Language Arts Guide to Implementation for the 2002 curriculum.

Bill joined the party in 2010, believing that it was the only chance for providing a legitimate progressive voice for Albertans. Since then, he has served as chair for the Education Policy Committee, worked on Michael Walters’ campaign for the 2012 Provincial Election and is currently vice chair of the Education Policy Committee for the Edmonton region, and serves on the Regional Organizing Team for Edmonton.

Katherine Taylor, Calgary-Glenmore

Katherine’s background is in child protection, family therapy and business. She has been working as a volunteer for the Alberta Party for 4 years. Initially she worked as a volunteer for a party leadership campaign and later she joined the communications team under our former Leader Glenn Taylor. She went on to volunteer as a member of a 2012 Alberta Party provincial election candidate’s campaign team, and then has served as media liaison for the party since 2011.

Katherine was elected to the board in 2012 and has served on the board as VP Communications since Greg Clark stepped down to run for Leader. She was re-elected to the position for 2013-2014. Her focus in this role is to ensure that we are what we claim; brave and different, and that we will demonstrate our difference in our interaction with Albertans. She believes that our audience needs to be the vast majority of Albertans who are not trusting of, or engaged in the process of politics with a person to person style rather than that of organization to person.

Katherine maintains a sense of urgency particularly re: refining strategy, strengthening our organization, growing the membership by developing CA’s, increasing our public profile, and reviewing and updating policy where necessary, as well as preparing for the election in 2016 which must be a priority.

Mark Taylor, Calgary-Klein

Mark has been involved with politics, at some level or another, for over 20 years. While many people are focused on policy, Mark’s focus is more on political organizing particularly through community outreach and growing networks. While 20+ years has provided some great experiences, here’s a brief summary of his roles:

    • Alberta Party Board since April 2014 as Calgary Organizer
    • Door Knocking Coordinator for the 2014 Greg Clark campaign in Calgary-Elbow
    • Alberta Party member in 2011 and renewed in 2014
    • Previously President and VP-Membership of Highwood Wildrose Party Constituency Association
    • Previously Alberta Representative (2006) and Saskatchewan Representative (2010) to Green Party of Canada’s Federal Council
    • Campaign Manager for Green Party of Alberta candidate (Calgary-Varsity) in 2008
    • Started up federal riding associations in Alberta and Saskatchewan and sold hundreds of memberships for Green Party of Canada, acted as either President or financial officer.
    • Have been involved with multiple elections at federal, provincial, municipal levels and in internal elections.

When he’s not doing politics, Mark works as a Professional Engineer in the Calgary oil and gas industry and enjoys the opportunity to get in a round of golf or play squash (both poorly!)

Timothy Wong, Edmonton-McClung

Husband and father to two amazing kids, Timothy is passionate about all things Edmonton and all things Alberta. Timothy has worked for All Weather Windows since 2003 and currently is in Renovation Sales. In his spare time, Timothy sings in a local choir, plays & teaches cello and volunteers where he can. He is also a Bachelor of Commerce graduate from the University of Alberta.

Timothy has always loved being involved in his community. He sat as the Vice-President of his children's playschool for 3 years. He also sat as the Vice-President of his local community league. He has also fundraised and donated to many worthy causes. Being a melanoma survivor has taught him to never take anyone or anything for granted.

Timothy loves the Alberta Party and all it stands for. He says he has finally found a party that feels like home. He was one of the founding members of the Edmonton-Riverview CA in 2010, took part in two Leadership Conventions and emceed the 2013 AGM. Currently, he is the CFO of the Edmonton-McClung CA and has served on the provincial board since January 2014.

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