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Board of Directors - Board Nominees 2016

The Alberta Party Board of Directors is made up of people of all ages and backgrounds from across the province. The following individuals have put their name forward to represent the membership of the Alberta Party on the next iteration of the Board of Directors. Voting will occur at the next Annual General Meeting on June 11, 2016 in Calgary, AB at the University of Calgary Downtown Campus (Event Centre, Room C).

As per our constitution, members of the party are also eligible to be nominated from the floor of the AGM.

Nominee Bios

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 currently 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.

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.

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

Miranda Diakiw, Calgary-Mountain View

Miranda has been a supporter of the Alberta Party since 2014. Since then she has become more involved in the party and joined the board in 2016. A passionate advocate for building a better Alberta, she has been involved in provincial politics for the past decade. 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, and 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.

Danielle Klooster, Innisfail-Sylvan Lake

Danielle is a 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 and 2015 provincial elections. Elected to the Board in 2015, Danielle has served as Vice President and Policy Chair. She 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 enjoys spending time with her husband, four grown children and seven grandchildren.

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, 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.

Sandy Simmie, Stony Plain

Sandy joined the Alberta Party after meeting Greg Clark in March 2014 because she believes in the party's vision for Alberta. Sandy campaigned for Will Munsey in the 2014 Edmonton-Whitemud byelection, was elected to the provincial board in February 2015, ran as a candidate in Stony Plain during the 2015 provincial election, and has been an active member of many board committees including the Governance, Constitutional Review, and Fiscal and Energy policy committees. She most recently joined the Membership Committee because she believes that communicating with and engaging members is a vital role for which she is well suited. Sandy has put 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, she is seeking re-election because she believes there is still much she can contribute as a board member including: further public policy leadership, improved board governance, and a high level of membership engagement and support. She is willing and available to be hands and feet on the ground wherever needed.

Sandy originally became involved in the Alberta Party because she wants a better province for her children, grandchildren, the vulnerable and marginalized. Raised and educated in Calgary, Sandy has held positions in healthcare, instrumentation technology, and sales and regional 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 amazing grandchildren.  Sandy is very connected to her community, is an active volunteer, and a member of the board of directors of Stony Plain FCSS (Family Community Social Services).

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 Edmonton Regional Organizing Team.

Ron Taylor, Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill

Ron Taylor is a self-employed design engineer & draftsman, currently freelancing to architectural millwork companies in Alberta & Saskatchewan. He is a cabinetmaker by trade, who was proprietor of his own manufacturing facility and retail outlet. Career specific upgrades were obtained from Bow Valley College, and he is additionally certified in Lean Management. He has collected 28 years worth of theoretical and practical knowledge in relation to the commercial and residential construction industry. He and his partner Christina are blessed to have 3 beautiful children in their lives (Lorcan 20, Emily 17, & Sophia 6). When not occupied with work, he and his family can be found taking in a Flames or Hitmen game, gardening in the yard, or hiking & camping in Alberta’s pristine backcountry. Ron has also been very active in the soccer community; from coaching his daughter’s U6 recreational team all the way up to managing and coaching a competitive men’s team. Needless to say, playing the game is also a passion.

Ron has been actively involved in the Alberta Party and is very passionate about leaving a better future for the generations to follow. He has volunteered on campaigns in general elections and byelections, served as chairman of the Poverty Reduction Policy committee, and currently is President of the Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill constituency association.

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.

Jonathan Veale, Calgary-Mountain View

Jonathan Veale is inspired by art, culture and design, and their potential to create positive and hopeful futures for Albertans. Originally from Cold Lake, he now resides in Calgary. Jonathan previously held leadership roles within the provincial government and a private sector engineering/architecture firm, and founded NEW PATTERN, a start-up design and strategic foresight agency. Jonathan has extensive experience in the energy, environmental and health care sectors. He brings practical aptitudes in facilitation, strategic management, public sector administration and policy.

Jonathan has attended York University, the Ontario College of Art and Design and Aalto University, with advanced degrees in urban planning and design, and strategic foresight and innovation.

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 students.

Meagan Wade, Red Deer-North

Meagan started her career in communications in radio broadcasting as a graduate of SAIT’s Radio Broadcasting program. She travelled to Calgary and Edmonton, eventually moving beyond radio and into the world of PR and helping to guide the external marketing and communications endeavours for a number of nonprofit organizations and private sector clients. A consultant first, but wordsmith by trade; she focuses on the development of communications strategies and specializes in campaign execution and brand development. She also puts her social media skills to good use, teaching and training all skill levels from the direction of social media campaigns to the formation of social identities. Retraining herself, Meagan recently completed her Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communications program through Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. 

Meagan is a champion for a variety of causes including mental health, tobacco reduction, and social justice. She currently plays a large role as a member of the Rotary Club of Red Deer Sunrise and Rotary District 5360, chairing the Promotions and Sponsorship Committee for the 2017 District Conference. Meagan is the Chairperson of the Butt Ugly Anti-Tobacco Program Society, a Client Ambassador for the United Way Central Alberta, and has lent her time to several other organizations in Central Alberta including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer & District and the Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer. 

Meagan joined the Alberta Party in 2013, firmly believing in the founding principles of social and fiscal responsibility, along with the Party's vision to create a political movement centred around diversity, integrity, transparency and collaboration. Meagan currently leverages her skills in the role of Media Relations for the Alberta Party, and acts as the chair of the Communications Committee. She also serves as the Convention Committee chair.

During her off time Meagan enjoys spending time with her family, listening to the radio (CBC, in particular), practicing powerlifting and pretending to do yoga... all the while drinking 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 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.

Joel Windsor, Highwood

Joel Windsor is a husband and father of two from High River, Alberta.  He has been teaching high school music in High River for 11 years after having studied at the University of Lethbridge and attending high school in Didsbury, Alberta. He completed his Masters of Music in Education online through Boston University summa cum laude in 2015. During his time in High River he has rebuilt the High River and District Music Festival Association and the Town of High River Arts and Culture Advisory Committee, while also being involved in the Business Renewal Advisory Committee following the 2013 Floods. He also volunteers with the Alberta Teachers’ Association, the Alberta Society of Music Festival Friends, the High River Gift of Music Society and the Sheep River Health Trust.

As an Alberta Party member since 2012, Joel has been involved in many activities, including the Education Policy Committee (through two appointments), the creation of the Highwood Constituency Association, the recruitment of the candidate for Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills in 2015, and running as candidate in Highwood in 2015. Joel is currently the Central Regional Organizer for the party, an advisor for Greg Clark, and has contributed to current legislation (namely Bills 5 and 8 in the Fall 2015 Sitting). Joel intends to let his name stand in the 2019 General Election.

Joel wishes to serve on the Alberta Party Board of Directors with an eye to improving the presence of the party beyond that which the legislature provides. Joel believes an improved strategy for communicating beyond the party leader is what will drive the Alberta Party to success. 

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.

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.

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