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.
Our current Board of Directors includes:
Greg Clark, 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.
Elected for One Term
Harry Archibald, Edmonton-Mill Woods
Harry is currently President of the Edmonton-Mill Woods Constituency Association and a member of the Edmonton Regional Organizing Team. He is also a member of the Environment Policy committee. He has been a party member since 2010 and is part of the Builders Network.
Harry took an active volunteer role in the 2012 election campaign in Edmonton-Ellerslie, the 2014 byelection in Edmonton-Whitemud and in the 2015 election in Edmonton-South West where he was chair of the campaign committee for Krishna Tailor. Harry believes that the Alberta Party needs to build larger membership and fundraising base. To do this we must continue to develop strong regional organizations with cooperation among CAs, and organize interesting events to draw potential new members to share ideas on important issues facing the province.
Harry is a retired provincial civil servant with a background in Forestry and many years experience in the forestry and environment policy fields. He brings a sound knowledge of government and its internal workings.
Aaron Blair, Calgary-Mountain View
Born and raised in Alberta, Aaron has cultivated a passion for information, leadership and community service, while enjoying the diversity and community inherent to our beautiful province and its people.
A proud private business owner, Aaron works full-time as an independent management consultant focused in strategy, delivering meaningful business intelligence solutions to support decision-making at some of Calgary’s largest corporations. He gives back to his community as a Director on a swimming-focused charitable board, President of his strata, and as the current CFO of the Calgary-Mountain View Constituency Association for the Alberta Party.
Well-experienced in fiduciary duties, Aaron has served on numerous boards, is a CPA, CMA in good standing, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from UBC. He’s looking forward to serving the Party with his financial, technological, and strategic acumen.
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.
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, and 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.
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.
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.
James Teterenko, Calgary-Buffalo
James Teterenko is a self-employed IT management contractor working primarilyin Calgary's energy sector. Born and raised in Winnipeg, he moved to Calgary in 2000. He lives in Beltline, in central Calgary, with his wife Christie and daughter Kateryna.
Within the Alberta Party, James has been a member since 2014 and became actively involved during the 2015 general election as part of Greg Clark's campaign in Calgary-Elbow. During the Foothills by-election, he was the door knocking coordinator for Mark Taylor's campaign. He has been the President of the Calgary-Buffalo Constituency Association since October 2015. Since the time James became president, the CA has become very active. They have had events which engaged the public, helped build networks within the party and build the community. James is also part of the IT Committee for the party and the Calgary Regional Organizing Team. He works with the executives of newly formed CAs in Calgary to ensure they have the resources they need to be successful.
James's other volunteer work has included work with various Ukrainian community organizations, condo boards, and community development such as Junior Achievement. This includes 10 years on the Board of Directors of St. Andrew's College in Winnipeg, which is affiliated with the University of Manitoba.
Pascal Visentin, Edmonton-Whitemud
Pascal Visentin is a civic-minded and community-oriented individual who has been an active member and supporter of the Alberta Party since 2015. A self-described “political agnostic”, Pascal has long shunned the traditional political spectrum in favour of advocating for an evidence-based, compassionate, and cooperative approach to governance. This approach is driven by his belief that good ideas can come from various places and that, regardless of their ideological origin, one should respect and seek to understand different approaches to problem solving.
Pascal was born and raised in Lethbridge, AB and spent his high school years studying at Upper Canada College in Toronto, ON. He moved to Edmonton, AB in 2007 where, led by his natural curiosity and penchant for empirical modes of thinking, he pursued a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Alberta. Since graduating, he has worked as a chemical analyst for compressed gas giant Praxair, Inc. Beginning in September 2016, Pascal will be returning to the University of Alberta to study in the J.D program at the Faculty of Law.
In addition to his involvement with the Alberta Party, Pascal is active in the community and has long been engaged in various philanthropic endeavours - especially relating to educational causes. He is particularly concerned with accessibility to education, special needs, and promoting scientific literacy. In the past few years, Pascal has been a volunteer tutor, lacrosse coach, and a volunteer aide for children with Autism. He is currently a skating coach for special needs children and serves as a board member for the Zeta Psi Foundation of Canada, which provides scholarships to post-secondary
Grace Wong, Strathcona-Sherwood Park
Grace Wong has been a member of the Alberta Party since 2009, when it was still a twinkle in everyone’s eyes. She really liked the way the party presented itself on social media (Twitter at the time) and wanted to be a part of something that appeared to be on it’s way to being something really big. She is also active in her local constituency associations, acting as the CFO for both Sherwood Park and Strathcona-Sherwood Park CAs. The message of the Alberta Party has always resonated with her, which is why she volunteered time and money to Will Munsey’s byelection campaign in 2014 and John Hudson’s election campaign in 2015.
On a personal level, Grace is the mother of a pre-teen autistic son and is married to a construction surveyor. She is currently starting up a computer and mobile repair company, just recently received her Class 6 motorcycle licence (a check off her bucket list) and earned her green belt in Tae Kwon Do. She lives in Sherwood Park.
Elected for Two Terms
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 Benson, Calgary-Mountain View
David is the President of the Calgary-Mountain View Constituency Association. He currently works as the Director, Communications and Marketing for Sport Calgary.
David has held positions with several athletics organizations including the Edmonton Oilers and Canada Basketball. He has volunteer experience with large community events such as the Crowchild Classic, Grey Cup, Continental Cup of Curling, and Alberta Winter Games.
David would like to increase the popularity and awareness of the Alberta Party among Albertans who are seeking a smart, balanced option for their government. He finds the Alberta Party’s platform of fiscal responsibility and social compassion appealing and is excited by the optimistic energy within the party.
He holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Toronto (Rotman).
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.
Paul Doherty, Calgary-Shaw
Paul first became interested in provincial politics in the mid 1990’s. Over the next two decades he held executive positions on a number of constituency associations and volunteered time as a political researcher. In the 1997 general election Paul served as a Campaign Manager in Calgary-West, and in 2006 as a Campaign Manager in Calgary-Fish Creek. Disillusioned with other parties, Paul came to see the Alberta Party as the best way forward and joined in 2014. He has since served as a constituency CFO and President as well as a Campaign Manager for Calgary-Shaw during the 2015 general election.
Paul’s goal as a board member is to focus on the fundamentals of any successful political party – expand the volunteer base, increase fundraising, build strong constituencies and create a solid organizational framework for future elections.
Paul currently works as Business Development Manager for the manufacturing arm of Community Natural Foods. He has a patient wife, three largish children and an inexplicable fondness for garden gnomes.
Jason Gold, Edmonton-Centre
Jason was born in Edmonton at the Misericordia Community Hospital and grew up in both Mill Woods and Ellerslie areas of the city. He graduated from WP Wagner High School while participating in RAP (Registered Apprenticeship Program), and as a result was able to obtain both his Red Seal plumbing and gas fitting journeyman tickets before the age of 21.
Jason has worked in various capacities in the residential and commercial construction industries, eventually moving on to construction work in the oil and gas industry. Some of his highlights include acting as a Piping Superintendent for the construction of plant 42 at CNRL Horizon, Head of the MOD for Petro Canada SAGD pilot project, and Head of the First Shutdown of the MEG Energy in Conklin. Jason has managed projects with budgets of over $100 million and manpower of over 250 people.
After leaving the oil and gas industry, Jason took a job in the automotive industry as a salesperson. Within the first 3 months he became and stayed the top salesman in the company. Taking a short sabbatical to try something new, he left to sell fine art on cruise ships. Upon his return to Edmonton, Jason has taken a position working as a non prime finance manager in the auto industry and has helped many people re-establish their credit. He is very well known throughout the Edmonton area in the auto industry.
Most recently, Jason has worked with Edmonton Emergency Relief Services Society, acting as their Operations Manager since May when the Fort McMurray fires began. Since that time, EERSS has distributed essential goods to over 60,000 evacuees in less than 3 weeks, on a annual budget of under $70,000, thanks to the millions of donations from Albertans and an estimated 80,000 volunteer man-hours.
Jason has participated in sports all throughout his life, as both a player and coach. His coaching experience focuses mainly at the high school and U21 levels in the sports of football, team handball and wake boarding - all sports he enjoys partaking in as hobbies.
Robbie Kreger-Smith, Edmonton-Decore
Robbie Kreger-Smith is currently an Area Supervisor for McDonald’s Restaurants, currently managing restaurants that generate over $20 million dollars in annual revenue. He has been with the company for 19 years and worked his way up through the company from a part time crew member to his current position, graduating from their corporate university in 2004 with a diploma in Business Leadership. He has also attained a diploma in Operations Consulting in 2008.
Robbie is the Communications & Volunteer Chair for Red Shoe Society Northern Alberta, an organization that plans social and community events to develop funds for Ronald McDonald House Northern Alberta. He is currently the President of Edmonton-Decore CA, & the Chief Financial Officer for Edmonton-Castledowns CA and has been working with the Edmonton Regional Organizing Team for several months. Robbie actively volunteers with Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta and was previously the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Drayton Valley & District Chamber of Commerce.
Born in British Columbia, Robbie moved to Alberta in 1995. He has had a keen interest in politics from a young age, however as a centrist never felt fully comfortable becoming actively engaged in politics until finding the Alberta Party during the 2015 election. He believes that the Alberta Party can and should be the answer to reducing ideological partisanship in our political system, and is passionate about evidence and solutions based policy.
Robbie was married in June of 2014 and has two fur-babies that complete his family. In his spare time he enjoys camping, swimming, kayaking, playing racquet sports, running, and cheering for the Oilers (but don't hold that against him).
Jodi Miller, Corporate Secretary, Calgary-Elbow
Jodi is a born and raised Calgarian, educated at the University of Calgary with a BA in Political Science, a Certificate in Professional Management and a PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) designation.
Jodi started her career by becoming a Licensed Investment Advisor across the Canadian & American markets with Nesbitt Burns. After transitioning to a 15-year career in Calgary’s oil & gas industry working in business development, her career path now takes her to QED Marketing where she acts as the Vice President of Business Development, working closely with President Stephen Carter.
She has been an active participant in politics since 1984, beginning with her very first election onto Student Council in junior high. In 1990, Jodi joined the Young Liberals at the University of Calgary and has been a member of the Liberal Party of Canada ever since. She has worked on the core teams on numerous campaigns at the federal, provincial and municipal levels.
Jodi has sat on the Calgary-Buffalo Constituency Association's Board (MLA Kent Hehr) for 6 years and was the Secretary for 2 of those years. She currently sits (4 years) on the Calgary-Centre EDA's Board (MP Kent Hehr), is currently the President of the Alberta Party Calgary-Elbow Constituency Association (MLA Greg Clark) and acts as the Secretary for the Alberta Party Provincial Board.
Jodi believes that Alberta needs further 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.
Owais Siddiqui, Edmonton-Centre
Owais Siddiqui was born in Edmonton, Alberta; and grew up in the community of Beverly-Clareview. The oldest of four boys, he was raised by a single mother and grew up as an “at risk” youth, often challenging figures of authority on issues of social inequity. Against many odds, he pursued a post-secondary education while working. At the University of Alberta, he registered in the ‘Open Studies’ program with an interest in entering law school, and focused on studying anthropology, theology/religious developmental history, and philosophy. Eventually receiving an opportunity to intern at the law firm of Cook Duke Cox (now Miller Thompson); his enthusiasm for becoming a lawyer was lost (although the experience was valuable.) Owais then enrolled at Grant MacEwan University, spending a year in their Education Program before deciding to enter Journalism. He completed an internship at Grande Prairie’s ‘The Herald-Tribune’ in fall of 2008, authoring upwards of 30 articles over the course of three months. In 2009, Owais entered the Childcare industry as an Early Childhood Educator, and has since dedicated himself to mentoring children – particularly those with Special Needs.
Owais has also volunteered at Fort Edmonton Park for the previous 5 years (and counting), educating visitors about Edmonton, and Alberta’s rich, significant, and diverse heritage. Becoming a member of the Alberta Party in 2013, and Owais represented the Alberta Party as a candidate in the 2015 general election in the riding of Beverly-Clareview. More recently, he acts as the CFO for the Alberta Party Edmonton-Centre Constituency Association, while also attending and supporting CA meetings around the city.
Having experienced first-hand how an uncertain economy, and social inequity, can limit the opportunities of a person’s success, and observing the drastic changes being made in our core services, especially Healthcare, Education, Economic Diversity, and Cultural Development (as well as the apparent lack of accountability and transparency among the majority of our elected Public Representatives), Owais has endeavoured to become a strong, moderate, voice to represent the needs of those struggling in our communities. He believes in an accountable and transparent government, which can provide high quality core services, create opportunities to strengthen and diversify our economy, and stand up for social justice.
Dylan Turner, Calgary-East
Dylan is a born and raised Albertan, currently living in Calgary with his spouse and their two young daughters. He is a proud member of the Metis Nation of Alberta and routinely gives presentations on Metis people and status during Metis Week in Calgary. He is also pursuing a Bachelors of Business Administration with a focus in Accounting at SAIT, where he serves as the current Chief of the Indigenous Students club and as an advocate for the Metis students on campus. He also serves on the planning committee for the Annual Tools for Change Conference in Calgary, which is dedicated to bringing stakeholders together in an effort to improve opportunities for urban Indigenous peoples.
Dylan believes that the Alberta Party view of non-partisan, sensible policy is what is needed to properly serve all Albertans. He has been a member of the Alberta Party since August 2015, after being dismayed by the lack of an Alberta Party candidate in his riding during the 2015 provincial election. He also recently participated in the Indigenous Relations policy committee for the Alberta Party, where he actively served as committee chair.
Robert Walker, Vice-President, 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 nonprofit organizations.
He and his wife have two daughters (7 and 3) 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 Campaign Manager), the Liberal Party of Canada (Kent Hehr 2015 GOTV chair), 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.