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Board of Directors

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 (in person only) as observers; also, board meeting minutes are posted for your interest.

Our current Board of Directors includes:

Cesar Agudelo David Benson Pat Cochrane
Greg Clark Jackie Clayton Kerry Cundal
Paul Doherty Jason Gold Conrad Guay
Cole Harbin Brian Heidecker Rhiannon Hoyle
Robbie Kreger-Smith Deirdre MacLean Karen McPherson
Jodi Miller Robbie Nelson Allen Preston
Aisha Rauf Robert Walker Theo Weigel

 

Cesar Agudelo
(Calgary-MacKay Nose Hill)

Cesar Agudelo is living the Canadian dream: born in Colombia and educated in Canada since the age of 16, Cesar calls Calgary and Alberta his true home. Since he immigrated with his family, Cesar has been passionate about volunteering for community causes, like the improvement of English Language Learning in the K-12 system and access to justice for vulnerable populations. It is with this passion for improving his community that Cesar seeks the nomination to the Alberta Party’s Provincial Board of Directors.

Cesar’s experience includes community organization, policy and law, and campaigning. In 2015, he was the campaign manager for Kerry Cundal in Calgary Signal Hill. Since graduating from the University of Calgary, Cesar has worked with immigrant children and youth, temporary foreign workers and refugees. Cesar’s experience also involves helping workers access benefits and people with low-income access legal services through Calgary Legal Guidance Currently, Cesar studies law at the University of Calgary.

 


David Benson
(Calgary-Elbow)

 

Born and raised in Sherwood Park, David is a marketing and communications professional with a passion for politics and sport. He currently works as the Director, Marketing & Communications for Sport Calgary. 

David has held positions with several athletics organizations including the Edmonton Oilers and Canada Basketball. Recognizing the importance of community involvement, he has volunteer experience with events such as the Crowchild Classic, Grey Cup, Continental Cup of Curling, Alberta Winter Games, and more.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Toronto (Rotman). He lives in Calgary-Elbow with his lovely wife Brooke.

 



Pat Cochrane 
- Past 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 include:

  • Serving 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;
  • Serving 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, as well as volunteering as an in-school mentor for BBBS for seven years;
  • Founding Governor of Education Matters, Calgary’s Public Education Trust, serving as a member of the Board of Governors for eleven years; and
  • 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 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 was recently convocated from the Master of Arts in Leadership program at Royal Roads University.

 


Greg Clark - Interim Party Leader & MLA 
(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.

 


Jackie Clayton - Vice President Communications
(Grande Prairie-Smoky) 

 

Jackie has an outstanding track record of being a collaborator and strong voice in her community. She has contributions to make, great ideas to share, and a passion to build inclusive and diverse communities in our province. She prides herself on being a hard-working board member who is accessible and willing to listen. She has extensive governance experience and is a recognised team builder.

Jackie continues her work in a political arena as she was recently re-elected to her second term as City Councillor for the City of Grande Prairie. In her role as Vice President of Public Relations and Partnerships for Pomeroy Lodging, Jackie focuses on establishing, developing and strengthening partnerships within the communities while strategically managing government, media and public relations.

Through her professional career, City Council, as a small business owner, a Chamber of Commerce past-president, a provincially appointed member of the GPRC Board of Governors and working in various volunteer roles; she has been able to grow an organization’s exposure, connect with all levels of government, and build relationships with potential future partners. Jackie has tremendous amounts of experience in providing vision, increasing membership, strategic planning and determining future growth for the party. With over 15 years’ experience on her local Constituency Executive and extensive experience as a Regional Director on the PCAA Board of Directors, she will bring election readiness, campaign management and fundraising experience. She is able to continue to open new lines of communication that will strengthen our Constituency Associations and our party.

 


Kerry Cundal
(Calgary-Elbow)

Kerry Cundal has lived all over Alberta, from Grande Prairie to Edmonton, from Red Deer to Calgary, serving Albertans as a teacher and immigration lawyer before sitting on the Immigration and Refugee Board and then running as a federal candidate in Calgary-Signal Hill in 2015. Recently, Kerry served as Director of Parliamentary Affairs for the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. Kerry co-founded Ask Her, a non-profit organization with a goal to see more women run for Calgary city council in 2017. Kerry and her husband Cory have two adult children and have lived in Calgary for over fifteen years.

Kerry Cundal passionately believes that as centrists we need to work together with those who share our principles and vision for Alberta. Kerry is reaching out to Albertans to ensure there is a strong centrist voice in the next election that combines fiscal responsibility with needed social supports and strong human rights values. Kerry has volunteered with Calgary Reads, Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, Calgary Workers’ Resource Centre and Alberta Together.  

 


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.

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.



Conrad Guay
(Grande Prairie-Wapiti)

My name is Conrad Guay, and I am putting my name forward for a spot on the Board of Directors.  I have been with the party since early 2016, having been blown away by Greg Clark in the Legislature and reading the Parties platform online.  Since joining, I’ve held the position of CA President for Grande Prairie-Wapiti, and I am currently North West Regional Organizer, a member of the Policy Committee, currently working within the Human Services and Democratic Renewal groups. 

I was born and raised in the Grande Prairie area, and have lived there for all but three years.  During those three years away, I went to school in Calgary, where I was working on a double major in Psychology and Political Science at Mt. Royal College.  After deciding Mt. Royal wasn’t right for me, I moved back to Grande Prairie and started working in oil & gas, first in Wireline, and currently as a well operator.  It has been in the patch where I have honed my skills in time management, organization and prioritizing tasks (although out there it seems like most days have more than 24 hours in them!)

Beginning at a young age, I have always been passionate about politics, with my biggest interest being policy and strategy.  I hope to bring a non-ideological, hard working northern Alberta voice to the Board, and to show that the Alberta Party is well represented by members from all areas of the province, not just the two major centres. 

 


Cole Harbin
(Lethbridge-West)

My name is Cole Harbin, I was raised in Irma, a small community located in East-Central Alberta and I am currently a political science student at the University of Lethbridge.  My passion and involvement in politics has given me the opportunity to meet and work with many great people across the province and to hear what they have to say about their vision for Alberta’s future.  As a former youth Vice President for the PC Party, as well as holding many positions on a constituency level, I believe I have what it takes to reach across generations to recruit many new people to the Alberta Party who want to make a positive difference in Alberta politics. 

I am running for a director position for the Alberta Party board because I believe partisan politics and angry rhetoric has been failing the people of this province.  My goal is to help build a party where Albertans can come together to have a positive, productive discussion about the great ideas they have for Alberta to better succeed for many years to come. 

My background in fundraising, constituency organization, policy development, and youth outreach will be a strong asset to the board as it prepares for the 2019 election.  The Alberta Party is well on its way to becoming a great choice for Albertans looking towards a positive future, and by shaping its future as a director, I believe that is exactly what the Alberta Party can be.

 


Brian Heidecker - Vice President Fundraising & Interim Chief Financial Officer
(Edmonton-McClung)

 

Brian has a vast array of experience as a self-employed businessperson, senior level executive, and with multiple political campaigns. After developing a farming and ranching operation, Brian moved to Edmonton where he continued his extensive work on the Boards of numerous key institutions. He served for 11 years on the UofA Board of Governors, six of them as chair. Brian currently chairs the Edmonton Public Library and Sawridge Trusts Boards and serves on the boards of IIRoC and Edmonton Fringe Theatre. He has accumulated more than 200 years of service on various boards, including:

  • Bank of Canada
  • Alberta Agricultural Development Corp
  • ATB Financial
  • Alberta Securities Commission
  • Alberta Financial Review Commission

Brian’s specialty is developing and executing on well-thought-out strategic plans.

He brings a wealth of political organizing experience at the constituency, provincial, and federal levels and is well versed in campaigning, fund raising, and reporting requirements. Brian served as CFO on 14 provincial MLA campaigns, as a member of the 2012 Provincial Campaign team, and as treasurer of the Chinook constituency.

A strong believer in giving back to society, Brian has a proven track record for getting things done: he knows how to establish the best plan, how to finance it, and how to achieve success. The University of Alberta granted him an Honorary Degree for his “outstanding volunteer service to society”.

Brian has been a member of the Alberta Party since July 2016 and has personally sponsored numerous Edmonton events for the Alberta Party. 

 


Rhiannon Hoyle - President
(Edmonton South-West)

Rhiannon Hoyle is a highly engaged Community leader in Edmonton, passionately volunteering and enhancing the community grassroots movement for 20yrs. Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, England, and moved to Edmonton in 1992. Public service is Rhiannon’s life’s work; she cares deeply about good governance, community engagement, diversity, transparency and inclusivity. She is a master collaborator with impeccable integrity, a proven track record working with politicians and organizations, advocating for families, newcomers, seniors, from inner city to suburbia, fundraising over $1 million through volunteer efforts.

Experience:

  • On the Board of Heritage Point Community League last 7yrs, recent 4yrs as President
  • Elected District-K representative at Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL)
  • EFCL 100th Anniversary Steering Committee and Capital Campaign Cabinet
  • Community Engagement officer, Alberta Party CA, Edmonton SW, member of Education Policy committee
  • Campaign Executive Team 2017 - EPSB Trustee Nathan Ip
  • Co-owned and operated AirChekLab Inc. which specializes in Compressed Breathing Air Analysis
  • Alex Taylor School - developed, executed and fundraised for innovative programs in the inner city with Dr. Stephen Ramsankar

Rhiannon is eager to inspire and unite Albertans with a diverse, positive and inclusive centrist political voice. She is committed to the success of making Alberta a strong, progressive, and prosperous province, by supporting communities in a forward-thinking and fiscally responsible manner. She holds a degree in Political Science and a certificate in Globalization and Governance from University of Alberta. She is a happily married mother of two and enjoys hiking, sports and travel. 

 


Robbie Kreger-Smith
(Edmonton-Decore) 

 

Robbie spent 20 years working for McDonald's restaurants, growing from a part time crew member to the position of Area Supervisor, graduating from their corporate university in 2004 with a diploma in Business Leadership. He also attained a diploma in Operations Consulting in 2008.

Robbie is the Board President of Red Shoe Society Northern Alberta, a fund development organization that plans social and community events to develop funds for Ronald McDonald House Northern Alberta. He is the President of Edmonton-Decore CA. 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 Williams Lake, BC, Robbie moved to Alberta in 1995. He's 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. 

Robbie was married in June 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).

 


Deirdre MacLean - Vice President Membership
(Strathmore-Brooks)

 

Deirdre Mitchell-MacLean was born in Calgary and raised in Blackfalds.  She has lived in a number of different rural areas in Alberta including Red Deer (prior to 100,000 people), Sylvan Lake, Canmore, Kananaskis and now Strathmore.  She has also lived in Kansas City, Missouri and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Deirdre began her degree in Sociology at Red Deer College and completed at the University of Calgary. She has worked in a number of different areas including retail, hospitality, public service, and the non-profit sector.  Having been raised in a politically engaged household, she discovered a passionate interest in politics in 2015 and became an Alberta Party member that year.  She has been a CA president, avid volunteer and is now the Southern Regional Organizer for the Party.  She is also a board member of Ask Her, an initiative encouraging greater political participation by women.

She started volunteering with the Alberta Party in 2015 phone banking for Mark Taylor in his candidacy for Calgary-Foothills.  She has since worked in campaign communications and managed a campaign in the 2017 municipal election.  She has also been writing a political blog and attending events province-wide since January 2017.

Deirdre sought a position on the board to represent her rural roots and open the lines of communication between Party members and the Party.   She believes strongly in continuous learning, skill building and maintaining respectful (if sometimes sassy) discourse based on evidence and reason. 

 


Karen McPherson - MLA
(Calgary-MacKay Nose Hill)

 

Karen McPherson moved to Calgary from North Attleboro, Massachusetts in 2004 even though she grew up in the Grande Prairie area, having been born and raised in Northern Alberta. 

Before being elected to the Alberta Legislature in May of 2015, she worked as a Business Analyst in Oil and Gas, Health Care and Manufacturing for more than 20 years, in Canada, the UK and the US, owning her own consulting company in Calgary.  

Karen is passionate about collaboration, so the Alberta Party is a natural fit. 

In her free time, Karen loves to go hiking and spending as much time as possible with her geriatric Jack Russell Terrier - Ali.

Karen has been the chair of the Standing Committee on Private Bills, as well as a member of the Standing Committees on Families and Communities and Alberta’s Economic Future during her tenure as an MLA.

 


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 to Consulting on Business Development and Strategic Thinking for forward thinking companies

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 the former 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.

 


Robert Nelson
(Calgary-Glenmore)

Robbie Nelson is an active and engaged young Albertan with a passion for politics, governance, and public policy. He has been involved in provincial politics since he was 16 years old, when he got his first taste of campaigning as a volunteer for Linda Johnson in Calgary-Glenmore during the 2012 election. During the five years following this, Robbie was actively involved with the Progressive Conservative party, serving four terms as a constituency association executive, and three terms on the Executive of the PC Youth of Alberta. After becoming frustrated with the increasingly polarized and divisive tone and direction of provincial politics in Alberta, Robbie left the PC party in 2017 and subsequently joined the Alberta Party. Having now been elected to the Board of Directors, Robbie is eager to help build the Alberta Party as a moderate and pragmatic political party for all Albertans.

 

Outside of party politics, Robbie is currently a student in the final year of his Policy Studies degree at Mount Royal University, where he was recently named as the university’s Outstanding Future Alumni for 2017-18. While studying at Mount Royal, Robbie has also been highly involved with student advocacy and representation, both within the institution as well as towards various levels of government. He has served on the Board of the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU), and was subsequently elected as Vice-President Academic of SAMRU, a role in which he served during the 2016-17 term. Robbie continues to actively advocate on student and community issues, currently serving as a representation volunteer with SAMRU, and as a core volunteer with Calgarians for BRT, a pro-transit grassroots advocacy group. 




Allen Preston
(Lac la Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills)

Allen Preston grew up on the family farm in the Vilna area. After working as an auto body mechanic, he and his wife Eva took over the United Farmers of Alberta agency in Spedden from her parents. The couple turned Heartland Fuels into a multi-million-dollar business with operations in Smoky Lake, Glendon, Lac La Biche, and the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range.

Allen has been 4-H beef leader and district president in St. Paul, a volunteer firefighter in Glendon and Ashmont, softball coach, and until recently the president of the Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills PCAA constituency association. He raised two boys; one a farmer, the other a defence consultant. Allen toured the province with his band Latigo, playing in almost every town in Alberta, for beerfests, rodeos, weddings and community benefits.

With a changing economy and desire to get back to his roots, Allen and Eva sold their UFA agencies and partnered with a former colleague to start Black Ace Collision, an auto body repair and custom shop, in St. Paul. They also ramped-up their own cattle operations, and raise a small herd of purebred Angus.

Allen has a proven track record in business and in his community. He has brought people together for profit and for charity. He’s a fourth generation Albertan who is deeply concerned that the province he has been brought up to love will either continue down the unsustainable path it is on, or attempt to turn back the clock 20 years. 




Aisha Rauf
(Edmonton-Rutherford)

Being a LINC teacher, an IELTS Instructor, a Seniors program Instructor, an artist, a writer, a social activist, a mother of three lovely daughters and an Engineer’s wife with two cute kittens and 6 budgies as pets, I also have some long term goals to make Alberta one of the best provinces in Canada where gender equality and women empowerment is given a major importance.

In addition to this, I have a Master of English Literature degree, TESL Diploma, Mphil Linguistics and waiting for PhD Linguistics thesis defense.

I have strong presence in various diverse ethnicities of Alberta since 2000 and have fundraised for various community projects in Edmonton. Being General Secretary of Pakistan Canada Association of Edmonton Women Wing, General Secretary of MAA (Multivision Association of Alberta) and Board Director of Buzm e Sukhan Literary and Cultural Society of Edmonton, I am a proud community leader in South Asian communities and our community looks forward for providing them effective leadership.

I have used my public status to promote various causes such as gender equality, women empowerment and diversity as a power of Canada. I am also on board with Canadian Peace Initiative, a non-profit working to have a separate peace department in Canada. I also volunteer for various Public schools of Edmonton.

Moreover, my article on gender-based feminist media discourse has been published in an international journal. And a few more are in the pipeline. Furthermore, I am also working on a book on feminist media discourse. 



 


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 energy company. Robert has always been an active volunteer in the community serving as a youth soccer coach and providing pro bono legal counsel to refugee children, victims of violence, voting rights groups, anti-poverty advocates, and other non-profit organizations.

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 pragmatic centrist alternative in the next election in order to form a better, responsible government for Albertans.

He and his wife have two daughters and live in the provincial riding of Calgary-Currie.

 


Theo Weigel
(Cypress-Medicine Hat)

My name is Theo Weigel. I'm a proud Albertan, entrepreneur, and student.

Throughout high school and my first year of university I was involved with the PC party in roles that included VP Youth on my CA and Director for the PC Youth Association provincially. My political experience also includes volunteering on leadership and general election campaigns. Most recently, I was elected to the CFO role in the newly-formed Medicine Hat and Cypress-Medicine Hat Constituency Associations for the Alberta Party.

I am thrilled to continue my involvement by putting my name forward as a nominee for the Alberta Party's provincial board of directors. It would be an honour to contribute my experience, point of view as both a young Albertan and student, and desire to build, to serve as a director on the provincial board.

Having built two small businesses from the ground up, I know hard work pays off. This same level of commitment will be put towards ensuring the growth of this party well beyond 2019.

The one lesson I've come to value most — in successfully running my own business for the past four years — is the importance of relationships. We need to build strong, ongoing relationships with members, volunteers, donors, prospective candidates, and supporters. With the recent surge in membership growth, it is imperative to ensure a relationship is built with every single member. 


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