Meet your 2019 Alberta NDP candidates:
Meet your 2019 Alberta NDP candidates:
Rachel Notley was sworn in as Alberta's 17th Premier on May 24th of 2015. On May 5th, 2015 she was re-elected as the MLA for Edmonton-Strathcona. This is Rachel's third term as the MLA for her area, having won in 2008 and 2012 as well. Rachel grew up in Fairview, Alberta, and is the daughter of former Alberta NDP leader Grant Notley and his wife Sandy.
Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Alberta, and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. Rachel has worked for a variety of labour unions in Alberta and BC, and she served as a Ministerial Advisor to British Columbia's Attorney General in the 1990s. Rachel's work during her legal career focused on labour law, workers' compensation advocacy and workplace health and safety issues.
Rachel lives in Edmonton's Old Stathcona neighbourhood with her husband Lou and their two children.
Shaye Anderson was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Leduc-Beaumont. He became the Minister of Municipal Affairs on January 19th, 2017. During his time in office Shaye has also served as the Deputy Chair of the Legislature’s Public Accounts committee, and he was a member on the Economic Future, Private Bills and Resource Stewardship committees.
Prior to being elected, Shaye was a telecommunications technician. He has worked for Telus Communications, Vista Telecom Networks and Shaw Cable. During his time at Telus, Shaye received the Telus Communications’ Customer First award.
Shaye proudly served as shop steward and vice-president with his union locals, with the Telecommunications Workers Union and United Steelworkers local 1944.
Shaye loves to stay active and plays rugby and fastball. He helps to coach his two sons’ baseball and soccer teams.
Deron Bilous was re-elected on May 5th, 2015, to serve his second term as the MLA for Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview. On October 22nd, 2015 he became the Minister of Economic Development and Trade.
Deron was born and raised in Edmonton and is proud of his Ukrainian ancestry. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta. Before being elected, Deron taught and mentored students at Edmonton's Inner City High School and was active in his community of Beverly Heights.
From 1995 to 2005, Deron was involved with several projects for the Canada World Youth program, a volunteer youth program focused on international development. His work with Canada World Youth took him to Quebec, Tunisia and China.
Deron lives in the Beverly area of Edmonton.
Jon Carson was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Edmonton-Meadowlark. He is currently a member on the Legislature's Standing Committee on Alberta's Economic Future, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, and the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing.
Before being elected Jon was employed as an electrician. Jon obtained a diploma in radio and television broadcasting at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, where he later returned to undertake an electrical apprenticeship.
Jon is proud to call Edmonton home.
Joe Ceci was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Calgary-Fort. He became President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Finance on May 24th, 2015.
Before being elected to the Legislature, Joe worked as a public policy manager with a community-based charitable organization in Calgary. Prior to that, he served as a City of Calgary Alderman for 15 years. Before his time on the city council, Joe worked as a community social worker.
Joe's community involvement spans more than 30 years, and has included being Chair of the Board of Directors for the Folk Festival Society of Calgary. He has also served as a board member for both Habitat for Humanity and Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth.
Joe holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Social Work from the University of Calgary.
Joe and his wife Christine are proud to call Calgary home.
Craig Coolahan was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Calgary-Klein. He serves as Chair of the Legislature's Standing Committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund and as a member of the Standing Committee on Alberta's Economic Future and the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing.
Before being elected, Craig was employed as a business representative with the United Utility Workers' Association, where he managed the administration of several contracts and represented hundreds of workers in the electricity transmission industry.
Craig holds degrees in English and in Journalism, and has worked in various writing and editing roles for nearly 15 years.
Craig and his wife Sarah have two children.
Lorne Dach was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Edmonton-McClung. He is the Deputy Chair of the Legislature's Standing Committee on Public Accounts. Lorne also sits as a member of the Standing Committee on Alberta's Economic Future.
Before being elected, Lorne worked for almost 30 years in the real estate industry as an Associate Broker. Lorne holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Alberta.
Lorne enjoys dedicating time to volunteer activities, and has served on the Board of Directors for homeEd, the City of Edmonton Non-Profit Housing Corporation, for six years. He has also volunteered as a probation officer with Alberta Solicitor General's court intake unit.
Lorne was born, raised and educated in Edmonton. He has lived in the Edmonton-McClung area for more than 25 years.
When it comes to politics and public administration, Janet is a sought-after expert in her field. She graduated from University of Guelph with a BA in International Development, and has dedicated her career to improving her community and city.
Janet spent eight years at Vibrant Communities Calgary, most recently as a Senior Policy Strategist, advocating to address the root causes of poverty in Calgary and Alberta. A born-and-raised Calgarian and mother of two, she’s running to build a sustainable future for her kids, her neighbours, and for all Albertans.
She campaigned for Calgary’s city council in 2017 and is building on that positive momentum as she joins the provincial race for Calgary—Elbow.
Maria Fitzpatrick was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Lethbridge-East. She is the Chair of the Legislature's Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing. She also serves as a member on the Standing Committee on Alberta's Economic Future.
Prior to being elected, Maria spent over 30 years in the field of corrections. During that time, she spent 20 years within operations serving as a parole officer, in both institutional and community settings. She served as a recreation supervisor, a basic literacy teacher and the acting education co-ordinator. Her work was with the federal government and with the territorial government of the Northwest Territories. Maria finished her career in corrections as part of the national headquarters of the Correctional Service of Canada, doing policy and project management work. Maria also served for 3 years as the regional exective Vice-President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, in the national capital region. Maria's career began as a teacher with the Catholic school board in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Maria was born and educated in Newfoundland. She attended Memorial University in St. John's and received a Diploma in Education from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia in 1988.
Maria resides in Lethbridge and has called Alberta home for almost 20 years now. She has three children.
Christina Gray was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Edmonton-Mill Woods. On February 2nd, 2016 she became the Minister of Labour and the Minister Responsible for Democratic Renewal. Prior to becoming a Minister, Christina was Chair of the Legislature's Select Special Ethics and Accountability Committee and Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.
Before being elected, Christina worked as a senior consultant with a local software development consulting firm. Prior to this, she worked as a software developer and instructor.
Active in her Mill Woods community of Edmonton, she served on the Edmonton Transit System Advisory Board for six years, three of those as the Chair. She also volunteered as a Distress Line operator with The Support Network. In 2007, Christina was recognized for work with a YWCA of Edmonton Woman of Distinction award.
Christina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the Concordia University of Edmonton, and a diploma in software development.
Christina is proud to call Edmonton home and loves the incredible diversity of the Mill Woods community where she lives.
Sarah Hoffman was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Edmonton-Glenora. She became the Minister of Health on May 24th, 2015, and was named Deputy Premier on February 2nd, 2016.
Sarah has a Master of Education degree in educational policy studies and a Bachelor of Education in secondary math from the University of Alberta. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in math and a Bachelor of Arts in religion from Concordia University College of Alberta.
Sarah worked as a researcher prior to being elected as a trustee for the Edmonton Public School Board. During her first term as a school trustee she served as Vice-Chair of the board. After being acclaimed to a second term as Trustee, she served as Chair.
Janis is deeply embedded in the Edmonton community, and her strong commitment to public service and social justice make her an excellent fit to be an MLA.
An educator to her core, Janis built her career as a teacher, vice principal, university lecturer, and Executive Director of High School Curriculum at Alberta Education. She also builds community in her spare time, having volunteered for a number of organizations, including Arts on the Ave, Boyle McCauley News, Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, Highlands Historical Society, and the Somali Canadian Women and Children Association, among others.
In the last federal election, Janis knocked on tens of thousands of doors, garnering the strongest showing for the NDP in decades. She strongly supports gender parity in politics, encouraging women to run for office and actively supporting their campaigns.
Danielle Larivee was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as the Member for the constituency of Lesser Slave Lake on May 5, 2015. She was sworn in as Minister of Children’s Services on January 19, 2017. Prior to that she had served, since October 2015, as Minister of Municipal Affairs. On November 27, 2017, Ms. Larivee was named Deputy Government House Leader.
She previously served as a member of the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing and as a member of the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future.
Before serving with the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Ms. Larivee worked for over 17 years as a registered nurse with Alberta Health Services. During this time she also spent two years working in home care for the Driftpile First Nation and two years as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) instructor with Northern Lakes College.
An active member of her community, she served as treasurer for her local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) from 2013 to 2015, as chair of the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Wellness Advisory Committee from 2014 to 2015 and as president of local 315 of the United Nurses of Alberta from 2011 to 2015.
Ms. Larivee holds a bachelor of science in midwifery from the Midwives College of Utah and a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Alberta. She also is an alumnus of the TUXIS Parliament of Alberta.
Ms. Larivee, together with her three children, resides in Slave Lake, a place that she has called home for over 35 years, and community abundant with rivers and lakes that she enjoys kayaking whenever she has the opportunity.
Rod Loyola was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Edmonton-Ellerslie. He serves as Chair of the Legislature's Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship and as a member on the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing.
Before being elected, Rod was heavily involved with the University of Alberta, first completing his Bachelor of Arts in 1999, and later by being employed as an academic program coordinator and student adviser for University of Alberta International. Rod was then elected President of the Non-Academic Staff Association, the union that represents support staff that work at the University of Alberta.
Rod is an active community volunteer, who has helped in various roles for the Knottwood Community League, as well as on the Post-Secondary Education Task Force for Public Interest Alberta. Rod has also volunteered on the board of Friends of Medicare.
Rod has lived in Edmonton for over 35 years and has his home in the Edmonton-Ellerslie riding with his wife, Johanna, and their children, Daniel and Alonso.
Brian Malkinson was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Calgary-Currie. He is the Deputy Chair for the Legislature's Standing Committee on Legislative Offices and the Select Special Auditor General Search Committee. He also sits as a member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and the Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship.
Brian is originally from British Columbia. He holds a degree from Simon Fraser University, where he was once President of the Interactive Arts and Technology Student Union.
Before being elected, Brian was employed in the heavy-equipment industry as a salesman at a heavy-duty engine supplier. Prior to that he worked as a designer and analyst for Internet start-ups.
Brian resides in Calgary, where he enjoys car restoration, music, art, and recreational sports.
Marg McCuaig-Boyd was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley. She became the Minister of Energy on May 24, 2015.
Marg has a degree in education from the University of Alberta and a Master’s degree from San Diego State University in leadership and administration.
After working as a teacher and administrator at the Peace River School Division for more than 20 years Marg moved into post-secondary education in the role of vice-president, Fairview Campus at the Grande Prairie Regional College. Before being elected Marg owned and operated a consulting company that worked with small and medium sized businesses.
She received the Robert H. Routledge Award from the Alberta Schools Athletic Association for outstanding service to Alberta students and for the promotion and operation of an athletic program.
Marg is an active member of the community serving as a member and president of the Fairview Rotary Club and as a board member of the Fairview Chamber of Commerce.
Marg lives in Fairview with her husband Dan and they have two adult children, Jocelyn and Tyson. She enjoys travelling, golfing, curling and skiing.
Anne’s grassroots run deep, and her history with the NDP proves it. Before her current role as Premier’s Executive Director for southern Alberta, Anne spent many years building momentum for the federal NDP. She was Jack Layton’s Chief of Staff and became National Director of the NDP following his death.
Few people understand public service and political strategy the way Anne does. She was part of the core team that proudly brought the federal NDP to official opposition status in 2011, and served as campaign manager in the 2015 federal election. One of the NDP’s strongest organizers, she has been called “the calm in the storm” by many.
Anne’s political ties in Alberta are strong: she previously campaigned for Calgary—Bow in 1993 and Calgary—McCall in 1994, and was the Alberta NDP spokesperson on CBC Eyeopener from 1993 to 2000. Anne says that “Rachel’s victory in 2015 was one of the proudest moments in my life as a New Democrat,” showing that “a principled, progressive party can win and make the change we all believe in.”
Barb Miller was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Red Deer-South. She currently serves as a member on several of the Legislature's committees, including the Standing Committee on Families and Communities, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, and the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing.
Prior to being elected, Barb was a union steward for the United Food and Commercial Workers local 401. She served as Vice President for Central Alberta on the union's Executive Committee. Barb also served on her union's health and safety, and women's committees.
Barb was also President of the Red Deer and District Labour Council and she has sat on the Executive Council of the Alberta Federation of Labour.
Barb is a community minded volunteer who has assisted with the point-in-time homeless count, and is a strong advocate for the elimination of homelessness.
Shannon Phillips was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Lethbridge-West. She became the Minister of Environment and Parks on May 24, 2015. She also became the Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office on February 2nd, 2016.
Prior to being elected, Shannon worked with the Alberta Federation of Labour, as a policy analyst for five years. She was also a member of the board of directors, for five years, for the Womanspace Resource Centre, a nonprofit organization that provides referrals, resources and education to the community and to individual women.
Shannon received a Bachelor of Arts with honours in political science in 1999, and in 2002 she completed her Master of Arts, both at the University of Alberta. Shannon resides with her two sons in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Irfan Sabir was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Calgary-McCall. He became Minister of Community and Social Services on January 19th, 2017.
Before being elected, he practiced in aboriginal law at a national law firm in Calgary. Prior to that, he worked as a research assistant with the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary. Irfan also worked for the Salvation Army for five years and as a real estate agent before that.
Irfan holds a juris doctor degree and a degree in social work from the University of Calgary, as well as a degree in economics from the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan.
Irfan has proudly called Calgary home since 2004.
Marlin Schmidt was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Edmonton-Gold Bar. He became the Minister of Advanced Education on February 2nd, 2016. As Minister, Marlin sits on three Government committees: the Legislative Review Committee, the Social Policy Committee, and the Climate Leadership Policy Committee.
Before being elected, Marlin worked in site remediation and hydrogeology. He worked for Alberta Environment from 2008 to 2015, as a soil and groundwater contamination specialist.
Marlin has a Master of Science degree in applied environmental geosciences from Eberhard Karls Universität in Tübingen, Germany and a Bachelor of Science degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.
David Shepherd was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Edmonton-Centre. He is the Chair of the Legislature's Standing Committee on Legislative Offices and the Select Special Auditor General Search Committee. David is also a member of the Standing Committee on Families and Communities.
Before being elected, David worked in the communications field as an adviser and writer for organizations such as the North Edge Business Association, the City of Edmonton and the Government of Alberta.
David holds diplomas in music performance and in live sound recording from MacEwan University. He also has a Bachelor of Arts in professional communications from Royal Roads University.
Lori Sigurdson was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Edmonton-Riverview. She became Minister of Seniors and Housing on February 2nd, 2016.
Lori had a 25-year career as a social worker, including many fields of practice such as child welfare, mental health, community development, and social policy. She has also been an instructor of social work at the University of Calgary, MacEwan University, and NorQuest College.
Lori was awarded the John Hutton Memorial Award for social action and policy in 2017, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the profession of social work.
She has three sons and is committed to community service. She has volunteered as the Vice President of Public Interest Alberta, and has been involved with the Parkland Institute, the Greater Edmonton Alliance, the Mayor's Task Force for the Elimination of Poverty, and others.
Lori holds a Master and a Bachelor of Social Work, both from University of Calgary, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alberta.
Lori is proud to call Edmonton home.
Heather Sweet was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Edmonton-Manning. She was elected to the Legislature's role Deputy Chair of Committees on March 9th, 2016. She also serves as the Government Caucus Chair.
Before being elected, Heather worked for over a decade as a registered social worker, in child protection services focusing on high-risk youth, and prior to that, she worked with the Metis Child and Family Services Society.
Heather was also a member of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees' Committee on Political Action and was chapter Chair for Edmonton and Area Human Services workers.
Heather enjoys volunteering and has helped out with the Vancouver Olympics and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, as well as with FIFA Edmonton.
Heather and her husband are proud to call Edmonton home and live in the Edmonton-Manning riding.
Cam Westhead was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Banff-Cochrane. Cam currently serves as the Deputy Government Whip. He has previously served as a member on the Legislature's Standing Committee on Families and Communities and on the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.
Prior to being elected, Cam was a registered nurse working for Alberta Health Services for 10 years. Most recently he was working in the operating room at the Foothills hospital. Cam has also served as a workplace representative, an elected position he held for four years.
Cam hold a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts from Nipissing University. Cam and his wife are proud residents of Bragg Creek.