The Alberta Party Board of Directors is made up of people of all ages and backgrounds from across the province. They travel from their homes across the province to attend board meetings once monthly. Party members are invited to attend board meetings as observers; also, board meeting minutes are posted for your interest.
The following is a list of current board members:
Greg Clark, Party Leader, Calgary-Elbow
Greg Clark was born and raised in Alberta and is a successful entrepreneur and small business owner, having co-founded the award-winning technology consulting firm C3 Associates in 2006. He holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Victoria and an MBA from Royal Roads University. Greg is deeply involved in his community. He's served as co-chair of William Reid School Parent Council, coached his daughter's soccer team, volunteered with HomeFront and Calgary Reads, was Vice Chair of Distress Centre Calgary and co-founded the Calgary River Communities Action Group in response to the 2013 floods. He has been married to Jessica for 11 years and they are parents to two daughters who are both in elementary school in the public system.
Greg is passionate about bringing Albertans together to find solutions to today’s complex problems while at the same time looking ahead to the well-being of future generations. He believes we can have a well-managed government that provides world-class services today while also thinking about the long term. Greg believes we can find the right balance between prosperity and compassion for our neighbours. He believes Alberta can be a great place to make a living and a great place to make a life.
Pat Cochrane, President, Calgary-Elbow
Pat has lived in Calgary since 1993 and have 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.
Danielle Klooster, Vice President, Innisfail-Sylvan Lake
Danielle is a professional writer and communicator with significant experience in community, economic and business development. Her company, Danikloo Consulting, helps build vitality into businesses, local and regional economies, and communities as a whole. Danielle capitalizes on the power of networking in many forms, including a strong presence on social media. She enjoys inspiring through public speaking and maintains a blog on her website at www.danikloo.com. Danielle has served on many community boards, and was elected for two terms to Penhold Town Council. She ran as the Alberta Party candidate in Innisfail-Sylvan Lake for MLA in the 2012 provincial election. Elected to the Board in 2015, Danielle believes her governance experience and passion for Alberta will support the momentum and growth the party is experiencing.
In addition to running her business, Danikloo Consulting, she helps her husband with his two busy enterprises and is a caregiver for her elderly parents.
Originally from Edmonton, Danielle has lived in Central Alberta since 1994, and in addition to her work and social media addiction enjoys spending time with her husband, four grown children and six grandchildren.
Jeremy Strautman, CFO, 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.
Jodi Miller, Secretary, Calgary-Elbow
Jodi was born and raised in Calgary. Educated at the University of Calgary with a BA in Political Science. Jodi became a Licensed Investment Advisor across Canada’s markets and the US with Nesbit Burns. After transitioning to a career in Oil & Gas where she enjoyed the technical aspects and always interesting people, she now spends her time enjoying a quiet life with her dog in the provincial riding of Calgary-Elbow.
Jodi has been an active participant in politics since 1984 when she was voted onto her first Student Council in Junior High School and never looked back. In 1990 she joined the Young Liberals club at the University of Calgary and realized that an undergrad in Political Science would be a fascinating endeavor. She has since worked on numerous campaigns at the federal, provincial and municipal level for the Alberta Party (Calgary-Elbow core team), the Liberal Party of Canada, the Alberta Liberal Party (Kent Hehr, Calgary-Buffalo) and John Mar’s municipal campaigns.
Jodi believes that Alberta needs change at the government level and she is committed to helping the Alberta Party be that change. We can make this happen, it’s time.
Will Munsey, Past President, Leduc-Beaumont
Will Munsey was born and raised in Edmonton. He currently lives on a small saskatoon berry farm on the edge of the Hamlet of New Sarepta, 30 kilometers east of Leduc. Along with his wife Mika, and their three children, they operate a greenhouse and u-pick Saskatoon berry farm. Small farms no longer support families so William also runs locomotives for CN Rail, out of Edmonton.
William’s experience in politics began when he and his family returned to Canada from nearly two decades in East Asia in 2006. He was part of the first wave of progressive change in the Alberta Party in the summer of 2009. Will joined the party when there were fewer than 100 members.
Will believes government’s role is to:
- ensure equal access to essential public services
- safeguard the equality and rights of individuals
- protect the environment
- ensure the spending of public money is transparent
He also feels strongly that government must function openly and act in a respectful way.
Although William works mostly with his hands, he holds a master’s degree in Japanese and a bachelor’s degree in education. William is also the director of New Sarepta’s Communities in Bloom program. As a younger man, he bicycled around the world, but lately hobbies are on the back burner.
He has been writing his blog (The Berry Patch Perspective) since long before he became president of the board of the Alberta Party, so if you want to do some reading, you’ll get better idea of who he is and how he thinks.
Ted Allen, Edmonton-Meadowlark
Ted is the current president of the Edmonton-Meadowlark Constituency Association. Having joined the party in 2014, he got his first taste of real politics in the provincial election of 2015 where he was a volunteer on John Hudson’s campaign. Since then, he has become even further involved in the Party. He chairs the Information Technology committee and joined the provincial board in 2016.
A single father of two teenaged daughters, Ted was born in Edmonton and grew up in the city’s west end which he continues to call home. Ted graduated from the University of Alberta in 1987 with a degree in Computing Sciences and until recently worked as a freelance computer consultant. He has been quite involved in various Parent Advisory Councils, serving as President and even Casino Chair. Ted continues to be involved in his community and does his best to raise awareness and support for the ALS Society of Alberta.
David Boroditsky, Edmonton-Glenora
David has served on the board of the Alberta party for 3 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 internet programming and hosting services for 17 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.
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 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.
Miranda Diakiw, Calgary-Mountain View
Miranda has been a supporter of the Alberta Party since 2014. A passionate advocate for building a better Alberta, she has been involved in provincial politics for the past decade. Since then she has become more involved in the party and joined the board in 2016. She firmly believes in the Alberta Party vision of forming a government committed to diversity, integrity, transparency and collaboration.
Miranda is a born and bred Albertan, and has lived in both Edmonton and Calgary. She moved back to Calgary in 2013. She has worked in post-secondary fundraising for the past nine years. She is working towards her Certified Professional Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation. She also volunteers with her professional organization - the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and sits as Chair of the program committee.
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.
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.
In his spare time, Ilyas can be found cycling, exploring the province, and people watching.
John Hudson, Edmonton-McClung
John has been an Alberta Party member since the AGM in Red Deer in 2010 and ran as a candidate for the party in the last election in the Edmonton McClung riding. He is the Executive Director of The Varscona Theatre, The Artistic Director and founder of Shadow Theatre and was the owner of the niche market video store The Videodrome. John has sat on many boards and was recently the board chair of the Edmonton Arts Council. He is proud to be a part of this growing and dynamic political party.
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 past chair of the Agricultural policy committee, and he is the reason Alberta Party Annual General Meetings are no longer held in September.
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 4 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.
Midge is pleased to see there is a renewed sense of commitment and belief in our Party. 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.
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.
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.
Bill Talbot, Edmonton-Strathcona
Bill let 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.
Meagan Wade, Red Deer-North
Meagan Wade is a multi-talented, multi-faceted, multi-caffeinated individual. She is a community champion, actively participating in committees for various community events around Central Alberta. Her involvement with various public benefit organizations includes Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer & District, United Way Central Alberta, Berachah Place (formerly) and the iHeart Red Deer programs.
Meagan enjoys the various aspects of media, marketing and PR, finding her niche in brand management and social media strategy. A graduate of SAIT's Radio Broadcasting program, she is currently in the process of finishing her Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. Meagan is mom to one daughter, Lily, and fiancé to Nathan. In her spare time, she pretends to be a yogi and drinks more coffee than seems humanly possible.
Robert Walker, Calgary-Currie
Robert was born and raised in Calgary and after studying, living and working in Ontario, Indiana and New York City, is very proud to call Alberta and Calgary, home. He is a former commercial litigator and currently practices law as Legal Counsel for a Calgary-based engineering and construction company. Robert has always been an active volunteer in the community, recently serving as a U5 soccer coach, a volunteer with Grow Calgary, and providing pro bono legal counsel to refugee children, victims of violence and other non-profit organizations. He and his wife have two daughters (5 and 2) and live in the provincial riding of Calgary-Currie.
Robert has been active in politics since 1995 when he first joined the Young Liberal club at the University of Western Ontario. He has since worked on numerous campaigns at the federal and provincial level for the Alberta Party (Calgary-Elbow core team), the Liberal Party of Canada, the Ontario Liberal Party and the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta. During his time living and working south of the border he was an active volunteer with the Kerry-Edwards ’04, and Obama-Biden ’08 and ’12 election teams.
Robert is committed to helping the Alberta Party take bold action to offer Albertans a better, smarter, more responsive opposition and eventually a better, smarter, more responsive government.
Janice Wing, Innisfail-Sylvan Lake
Born and raised in Calgary, Janice and her family have resided in the central Alberta region for the past 30 years. Janice is a fundraising professional and community builder, having worked in the voluntary sector for many years. She is currently the Director of Community Relations at Red Deer College.
She has had a long yet quiet passion for politics, at all levels, and has volunteered on municipal committees with mandates ranging from ending homelessness to recreation and culture to community services. More significant, however, has been her involvement with local organizations such as Westerner Park Exposition Association, Red Deer College Board of Governors, the Rotary Club of Red Deer, the Leadership Centre Society of Central Alberta, and the Cultural Development Association of Red Deer. She is a strong believer in good governance and strong boards that empower and grow healthy organizations.
Janice has been a member of the Alberta Party since 2015, joining the Innisfail Sylvan Lake Constituency Association and subsequently the Alberta Party Board in 2016.