Ministers & MLAs

2020 Annual Convention List of  attending Ministers and MLA’s

*List Subject to Change*

 

Honourable Devin Dreeshen

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Honourable Devin Dreeshen

The Honourable Devin Dreeshen was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in a by-election on July 12, 2018, as the MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake. He was re-elected on April 16, 2019.

He is a fifth-generation local farm owner and Albertan. He farms near Pine Lake, where he has a long record of community service. He is a former director of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, a former board member for the Crossroads Agricultural Society and a volunteer at the Pine Lake Country Fair and Sports Days.

Devin Dreeshen was appointed Alberta’s Minister of Agriculture and Forestry on April 30, 2019. He has a wealth of experience working on this file. During his time in Ottawa he was a policy adviser to the Agriculture minister from 2008 to 2015.

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Honourable Kaycee Madu

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Honourable Kaycee Madu

Kaycee Madu was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Edmonton-South West, on April 16, 2019. He was sworn in as Minister of Municipal Affairs on April 30, 2019.

Mr. Madu has been a lawyer for 16 years, practising in both Nigeria and Alberta. He operated a law office with his wife and has worked for Legal Aid Alberta. He volunteers with the Edmonton Community Legal Centre and the lawyer referral program of the Law Society of Alberta.

Mr. Madu was awarded the Premier’s award of excellence in the bronze medal category in 2009 with a team of his colleagues at the Government of Alberta, where he worked as a senior technical advisor focusing on legislative and regulatory reviews, operational and strategic public policies, issues management and stakeholder consultation.

Born and raised in the southeastern part of Nigeria, Mr. Madu graduated from the University of Lagos with a bachelor of laws honours degree in 2001. He and his wife, Emem, migrated to Canada in 2005 and have three children.

Mr. Madu enjoys poetry, soccer, travelling and strategic military studies. He volunteers with Alberta’s Nigerian and Igbo communities.

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Mr. Shane Getson

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Mr. Shane Getson

Shane Getson was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Lac Ste. Anne-Parkland on April 16, 2019.

He currently serves as deputy chair on the Standing Committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund and is a Member of the Standing Committees on Resource Stewardship.

Prior to serving with the Legislative Assembly he spent 15 years in the construction industry, most recently in the position of project director. Prior to this he worked from 2008 to 2012 as senior manager of planning and execution for a private company in the energy sector.

He attended the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), where he received a diploma in civil engineering technology in 1996.

He and his wife have four children.

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Ms. Michaela Glasgo

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Ms. Michaela Glasgo

Michaela Glasgo was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Brooks-Medicine Hat, on April 16, 2019. She is currently a member of the Standing Committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund, the Standing Committee on Families and Communities, and the Standing Committee on Private Bills and Private Members’ Public Bills.

Prior to her election as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta Ms. Glasgo was the owner and chief consultant of a strategic consulting agency. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Lethbridge.

Ms. Glasgo initiated petition E-1310 calling on the government of Canada to recognize Female Genital Mutilation as a barbaric cultural practice, which was tabled in the House of Commons in February 2018. She also provided witness testimony before the Status of Women Committee in Ottawa in June of 2018.

Ms. Glasgo is a resident of Medicine Hat, her great-great-uncle James Thomas Milton Anderson was the Premier of Saskatchewan from 1929 to 1934.

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Mr. Glenn van Dijken

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Mr. Glenn van Dijken

Glenn van Dijken was re-elected to his second term at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019. He represents the constituency of Athabasca-Barrhead-Westlock (previously he represented the constituency of Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock).

Mr. van Dijken currently serves as the chair of the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future.

Previously, he served as deputy chair of the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future. He has also served as a member of the following committees:

Standing Committee on Legislative Offices
Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing
Select Special Auditor General Search Committee
Select Special Ethics and Accountability Committee
Select Special Ombudsman and Public Interest Commissioner Search Committee
Prior to his election to the Legislative Assembly, Mr. van Dijken’s activities centred on operating his family grain farm in Dapp, Alberta, for which he and his spouse, Barb, were named Outstanding Young Farmers of Alberta in 2001.

He has also worked on various committees and boards. He co-chaired the Canadian Outstanding Young Farmer program from 2009 to 2010 and served on the board of directors for the Federated Co-operative Limited from 2011 to 2015, the Goldeye Foundation Society from 2011 to 2015 and the Neerlandia Co-operative Association Limited from 1996 to 2008.

A founding member of the Western Hog Exchange (WHE), Mr. van Dijken was a WHE director for 12 years, between 1997 and 2011, serving five years as vice-chair and two as chair.

Other community activity for Mr. van Dijken includes serving on his church council and volunteering as a hockey and baseball coach.

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Mr. Brad Rutherford

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Mr. Brad Rutherford

Brad Rutherford was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Leduc-Beaumont, on April 16, 2019.

He was appointed as the liaison to the Canadian Armed Forces on June 3, 2019.

He currently serves as a member of the Standing Committee on Legislative Offices and the Standing Committee on Families and Communities.

Prior to serving with the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Rutherford served for 10 years as a member of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS). In addition to being a constable, he took on roles as temporary acting sergeant and temporary acting detective for the southwest division and the Economic Crime Section.

He also served in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves for two years.

Mr. Rutherford and his wife, Lora, have two children, and his hobbies include golf and hockey.

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Ms. Jackie Lovely

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Ms. Jackie Lovely

Jackie Lovely was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Camrose, on April 16, 2019.

She currently serves as a member on the Standing Committee on Legislative Officers.

Prior to serving with the Legislative Assembly, Ms. Lovely worked in sales development and project coordination with a seniors serving not-for-profit organization, a property management organization, and international education. Most recently she was employed with the Good Samaritan society, Collins Properties and Global Partners.

Ms. Lovely is engaged in her community. She was an instructor of English as a second language and a member and vice president of the Camrose and Leduc chambers of commerce, respectively. She is also a Rotarian.

Ms. Lovely holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan, a diploma in hotel and restaurant administration from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (Saskatchewan Polytechnic) and an MBA from Cape Breton University.

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Mr. Garth Rowswell

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Mr. Garth Rowswell

Garth Rowswell was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Vermilion-Lloydminster-Wainwright, on April 16, 2019.

He currently serves as a member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future.

Prior to serving with the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Rowswell was a financial adviser for over 16 years with Edward Jones Investments. He has an extensive background in agriculture business. He was a partner and majority owner of Valley Fertilizers, a farm supply business, and worked in various management capacities for large companies such as Farms.com, Sherritt Inc. and United Grain Growers.

Mr. Rowswell is actively involved in his community. He has served as a board member and president of various clubs and organizations, including the Vermilion Vipers Swim Club, Vermilion Curling Club, Rotary Club of Lloydminster and the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers.

Mr. Rowswell obtained a bachelor of science in agriculture from the University of Alberta.

He is married to Luanne, and they have two daughters.

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Honourable Grant Hunter

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Honourable Grant Hunter

Grant Hunter was elected to his first term as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Cardston-Taber-Warner on May 5, 2015 and to a second term on May 16, 2019. On April 30, 2019, he was sworn in as the Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction.

In his first term Mr. Hunter served as deputy chair of the Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship and as a member of the Standing Committee on Alberta's Economic Future and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.

Mr. Hunter holds a bachelor of science degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and a master's degree from Northcentral University in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

Prior to his election Mr. Hunter operated a private residential and commercial construction company. He has also worked in the import and export business, in the media industry and as a teacher in Alberta.

Mr. Hunter has served as a board member for several political and community organizations, including the Cardston Lions Club.

He resides in Cardston with his wife, Angie, and their five children.
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