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The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi (Member of Parliament, Edmonton Mill Woods)

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi is the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods and the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

Prior to being elected Member of Parliament Amarjeet Sohi was a three-term Edmonton City Councillor. He was first elected in 2007 and then re-elected in 2010 and 2013.
Dedicated to improving Edmonton’s infrastructure and livability, Amarjeet represented the city on the Canadian Urban Transit Association, and is a strong advocate for Light Rail Transit. Amarjeet also advocated municipal interests to other orders of government through his delegation to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. He therefore understands the importance of building strong relationships between governments in order to build strong, vibrant and resilient communities. He has been a prominent leader on city and provincial issues, volunteering with Public Interest Alberta, the Centre for International Alternatives, and the Canadian Labour Congress.

Amarjeet works tirelessly to promote learning and cooperation among cultural communities. While on council he led City Council’s Immigration, Multiculturalism and Racism Free Edmonton initiatives. Amarjeet has received the Edmonton Interfaith Advocate award and John Humphrey Centre’s Human Rights Advocate award for promoting welcoming and socially inclusive communities, the Man of Honour Leadership Award from the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation and the Recognizing Immigrant Success in Edmonton Life Time Achievement Award.

As a former member of the Edmonton Police Commission, Amarjeet believes in building safe and strong communities. Amarjeet also took a leadership role to create the Police Chief’s Indo-Canadian Liaison Committee, the Punjabi Cultural Association, and the Punjabi Arts Association.

Minister Sohi grew up in the Indian state of Punjab and immigrated to Edmonton in 1981.

Darshan Kang (Member of Parliament, Calgary Skyview)

Darshan Kang is a longstanding community and professional leader in Calgary. As a former Member of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary—McCall, Darshan has extensive experience in public service and a strong track record of community involvement.

Darshan immigrated to Canada from India in 1970, after obtaining a pre-medical degree at the University of Indore. He first worked as a journeyman welder before becoming a commercial realtor; he went on to be named the top realtor in his company and the fifth highest performer in Alberta.

Darshan ran in 2004 but was unsuccessful; in 2008 and 2012, however, Darshan was elected to represent Calgary—McCall in Alberta’s Legislative Assembly. He served on a number of standing committees as an MLA, including Public Accounts, and Families and Communities. Along with serving as the whip, Darshan is also the Critic for Transportation, Service Alberta, Infrastructure, Tourism, and Parks and Recreation.

Darshan has a long history of community engagement, and has been a member of the Saddle Ridge, Martindale, Castleridge—Falconridge, and Skyview Community Associations. He has also been an active supporter of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and played a key role in raising over $1 million dollars for the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

After his election in 2008 he worked hard to secure a provincial government grant for the Genesis Centre. He was also the lone voice who spoke in support of the Airport Trail Tunnel within the Alberta Legislature.

The Honourable Harjit Sajjan (Member of Parliament, Vancouver South)

Harjit Singh Sajjan has served Canada and his community as both a soldier and a police officer. He continues his service to Canada as the Member of Parliament for Vancouver South and as Minister of National Defence.

Harjit is a retired Lieutenant-Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces and a combat veteran. He was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina and served three separate deployments to Kandahar, Afghanistan. Harjit has received numerous recognitions for his service, including the Meritorious Service Medal for reducing the Taliban’s influence in Kandahar Province. He is also a recipient of the Order of Military Merit, one of the military’s highest recognitions. Harjit also served as an Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

Harjit was a police officer with the Vancouver Police Department for 11 years. He completed his last assignment as a Detective-Constable with the Gang Crime Unit specializing in organized crime. He proudly tackled gang violence and drug crimes in Vancouver. Harjit is also a human security specialist, and has lectured to a wide audience in both Canada and the United States.

 

The Honourable Kent Hehr (Member of Parliament, Calgary Centre)

Kent Hehr represented the residents of downtown Calgary in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for more than seven years.

Born and raised in Calgary, Kent’s life drastically changed when, just shy of his twenty-second birthday, while riding in a friend’s car, he was hit by a drive-by shooter leaving him paralyzed. The life-altering injury did not quash his ambitions—while still re-learning to use his fingers, Kent studied at the University of Calgary, earning his Bachelor of Canadian Studies, followed by his Bachelor of Law in 2001.

Kent has practised law at the prestigious national firm, Fraser Milner Casgrain, and became an active community leader, working with the United Way and heading the Alberta branch of the Canadian Paraplegic Association. In 2008, Kent was named one of the “20 Most Compelling Calgarians to Watch” by the Calgary Herald. Later that year, he won the race to represent Calgary-Buffalo in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, a seat he successfully defended in 2012. As shadow minister of justice, finance, education and other portfolios, Kent held the government to account while taking an active role in creating legislation for the future of Calgary and Alberta.

The Honourable Maryam Monsef (Member of Parliament, Peterborough – Kawartha)

Maryam Monsef is a dedicated community organizer, former Peterborough mayoral candidate, and co-recipient of the YMCA’s Peace Medallion.

Maryam is widely recognized as one of Peterborough’s most influential people and represented her city in 2013 at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. A passionate volunteer, Maryam has sat on the boards and committees of several high-profile organizations. She was the Vice-President of the YWCA of Peterborough and Haliburton Board of Directors, and a former director of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group, and of the New Canadians Centre—a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting immigrants, refugees, and other newcomers in the Peterborough and Northumberland regions. Maryam was the co-founder of the Red Pashmina Campaign, a grassroots initiative she started while at Trent University, which to date has successfully raised over $150,000 to help support women in Afghanistan.

Maryam has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Trent University, and speaks English, Farsi, and Dari.
– See more at: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/minister/honourable-maryam-monsef#sthash.m5mUHcUh.dpuf

Randy Boissonnault (Member of Parliament, Edmonton Centre)

Randy Boissonnault is a successful entrepreneur, community leader, and philanthropist. He has a strong record of leadership in business, in public service, and in the not-for-profit sector.
Randy discovered his passion for leadership and public service at the University of Alberta, where he served as President of the Students’ Union. Since studying at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, Randy has worked as a lecturer at the University of Alberta’s Campus Saint-Jean, and as a journalist and political commentator for CBC Radio-Canada and Les Affaires. Today, Randy owns a consulting business that helps small and medium-sized businesses overcome their strategy and management challenges.
A proud Rotarian, Randy has a long history of charitable work, both locally in Edmonton and abroad. He is the founder of Literacy Without Borders, an international NGO devoted to promoting literacy for both children and adults in the developing world and in Canada. He has also served as Vice Chair of TEDx Edmonton and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Francophone Economic Council of Alberta, the Francophone Sport Federation of Alberta, and the Canadian Francophone Games. He is one of the 50 Founders of Startup Edmonton and is a Finisher of the Ironman Canada Triathlon.

 

Robbie Schuett  (President, Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta)

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Robbie has been President of the Liberal Party of Canada (Alberta) since September, 2014. As an active participant in politics since his young liberal days Robbie has been involved in successful campaigns both within the party as well as electoral campaigns at the municipal, provincial and federal level. Most recently he managed Darshan Kang’s successful campaign in Calgary Skyview.

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENTERS

Adam Carroll (Senior Director, Political Engagement, Liberal Party of Canada)

Adam CarrollAdam has long career as a political advisor, both on Parliament Hill and with the Liberal Party of Canada. Most recently, he support the 2015 national and Ontario campaigns as part of the Liberal Party’s Campaign Mobilization team. Post-election, Adam will be leading the party’s Political Engagement team.

Paul Hershaw (Political Engagement, Liberal Party of Canada)

Paul HershawA graduate of Queen’s University, Paul took his first step into political organizing as a volunteer on Joyce Murray’s successful 2011 campaign in Vancouver Quadra. Afterwards, hejoined the Liberal Party’s Campaign Technologies team, which included providing Liberalist support, and later became a Field Organizer with the Liberal Party of Canada in British Columbia, where he played a role in developing the national field program. Paul managed the field team in British Columbia for the 2015 Federal Election, and is exited to be joining the Liberal Party’s Political Engagement team in Ottawa.

Michèle Thibault (Manager, Riding Fundraising Support, Liberal Party of Canada)

MicheleWith over ten years of experience as a small business owner, Michèle became an active volunteer with the Liberal Party, helping with the Prime Minister’s leadership tour in 2013. She has served as Hull-Aylmer riding president and campaign co-chair for the successful Greg Fergus campaign in Hull-Aylmer in 2015. Michèle joined the Liberal Party to build a program from the ground up as Manager, Riding Fundraiser Support, which included the development of Speakers Bureau program. She also worked as the national Auxiliary Tour Manager for the 2015 election campaign.

Morgan Breitkreutz (Northern Alberta Field Organizer, Liberal Party of Canada)

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Morgan is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a degree in Political Science. He previously worked for the think-tank Open Europe Berlin in Germany during the 2014 European Union Parliamentary elections and more recently, during the 2015 Federal Election campaign, Morgan was a Deputy Field Organizer on Sukhdev Aujla’s campaign in Edmonton Manning.

Ayesha Chughtai (Southern Alberta Field Organizer, Liberal Party of Canada)

AyeshaAyesha’s involvement with the Liberal Party began as a volunteer during the 2013 Leadership race. During the 2015 federal election campaign, she served as a Deputy Field Organizer with the Liberal Party of Canada in Calgary, where she helped elect the first two Liberal MPs in the city in nearly fifty years. Ayesha is currently completing her studies in Political Science & Government at the University of Calgary.