The Hon. Amarjeet Sohi – Member of Parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods
Prior to being elected a Member of Parliament in 2015, Minister Sohi was a three-term Edmonton City Councillor. This experience taught him the importance of infrastructure as the foundation for citizens to create strong, sustainable, and inclusive communities. From 2015-2018, he also served as the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
Dedicated to improving Edmonton’s infrastructure and liveability, Minister Sohi represented the city on the Canadian Urban Transit Association and strongly advocated for Light Rail Transit. He also brought forward his passion for inclusive city-building through his representation at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association and in leading City Council’s Immigration, Multiculturalism, and Racism Free Edmonton initiatives.
Since assuming the Infrastructure and Communities portfolio, Minister Sohi has overseen the design and early implementation of a more than $180 billion plan over 12 years – the largest infrastructure investment plan in Canada’s history. This plan invests unprecedented amounts in public transit, green infrastructure, clean water and wastewater, affordable housing, trade-enabling infrastructure, rural and northern communities, and more.
Minister Sohi has received several awards in recognition of his community leadership and lives in Edmonton with his wife and daughter.
Randy Boissonnault – Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre
Randy Boissonnault is the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre and the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 Issues. Randy previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage.
Randy 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. Most recently, Randy owned 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.
The Hon. Kent Hehr – Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre
Hon. Kent J. Hehr, P.C., M.P, was born and raised in Calgary.
Kent’s mom worked as a school principal and his father as the president of the Alberta Teachers’ Association, making education and public service part of the fabric of everyday life. Kent took an early interest in sports, especially hockey, with an eye to a career as a phys-ed teacher. In 1989-90 he played with the Calgary Canucks and helped win the Alberta Junior Hockey League Championship. The following year he attended Mount Royal College and played with the Cougars, his stick-handling getting better and better.
Then Kent’s life changed forever. In October 1991, while riding in a friend’s car, Kent was hit by a drive-by shooter. The injury left him paralyzed. He would never walk again.
Like thousands of Canadians with life-altering spinal cord injuries, Kent’s path changed, but his pace didn’t. In fact, if anything, it quickened. While still re-learning to use his fingers, Kent studied at the University of Calgary, and received a Bachelor of Canadian Studies followed by a Bachelor of Law in 2001.
Kent practiced law at the prestigious national firm, Fraser Milner Casgrain (now Dentons), and became an active community leader, working with the United Way and heading the Alberta branch of the Canadian Paraplegic Association. In 2008 he won the race to represent the constituency of Calgary-Buffalo in the Alberta Legislature, a seat he successfully defended in 2012.
In 2015 he was successful in a run to become the Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre in the House of Commons.
Over the past decade of his political involvement he has become one of the most recognizable faces in Calgary. When not on the campaign trail or spending time with his nephews and partner, Deanna, Kent can often be found in the community chatting with constituents in the local Safeway or Co-op.
After the 2015 election he was appointed to the role of Minister of Veterans’ Affairs (2015 – 2017).