Brenda Stanton's Profile
Shadow Minister - Tourism, Culture, Parks, and Recreation
Brenda Stanton is a small business advocate, former Chamber of Commerce president and community champion.
Born and raised in the central Alberta farming community of Wimborne, Brenda moved to the Bow Valley in 1989.
Like many university students, she headed to the mountains for a summer job in the mid-’80s. Tourism and hospitality management quickly became a passion for Brenda, and she went on to manage hotel properties in Canmore prior to starting her own hospitality consulting & training business in 2003.
In 2010, Brenda returned to her studies and completed a Master of Arts in Tourism Management at Royal Roads University. In addition to training & consulting, upon completing her MA, Brenda has had the opportunity to both instruct and build curriculum at the post-secondary level, including for a dual certificate program for her alma mater and Jinhua Polytechnic, Jinhua, China.
Brenda has always been a community champion and an advocate for small business.
Some of her previous volunteer positions include:
- President, Canmore/Kananaskis Chamber of Commerce
- Vice-Chair, Tourism Canmore Kananaskis
- Founding member & President Mountain Homes for Humanity, a grass-roots organization that introduced the idea of perpetually affordable housing for Canmore in the mid-’90s
- Bow Valley Labour Strategy member
- Town of Canmore Sustainable Economic Development & Tourism Strategy member
- Vice-Chair Bow Valley Immigration Partnership
More recently, through a contract position with the Banff & Lake Louise Hospitality Association, Brenda was a member of the Bow Valley Opioid Task Force; Vice Chair Bow Valley Immigration Partnership She also created the Indigenous Labour Taskforce and oversaw the Workforce Development file for the association.
In addition, in her role with the hospitality association, Brenda reviewed and critiqued municipal, provincial and federal policies pertaining to labour, housing, transportation, and the legalization of cannabis.
Brenda's experience running for MLA in the Banff- Kananaskis riding was an excellent experience to further hear the concerns of neighbours. “My roots run deep in this riding, and it is an important time to step up and help our community and province,” she said.
Brenda ran because she believes deeply in public service and community-building. In fact, public service runs in her family. Her great-grandfather helped pioneer the Priddis area and sat as a councilor for the Priddis district from 1908 to 1921.
Brenda is confident that Alberta’s strong roots and values, including respect for all, collaboration and hard work, are building blocks for our future. She is committed to building the Alberta Party because its positive, forward-thinking and bold vision for the future will bring everyone to the table.