Director Profiles

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A dedicated and strong advocate for education policy and school improvement, Janis received her B.Ed from the University of Saskatchewan (1995); M.Ed from St. Francis Xavier University with a major in Education Administration (2011); and MPA from the University of Saskatchewan (2012). Janis taught at a variety of grade levels and subject areas in Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories and Alberta.

 

Recognizing that public education has both private and public benefits, Janis has been actively involved in policy development assessing the effectiveness and efficiencies of publicly-funded schools. She is interested in how teacher unions and pedagogical trends affect our education systems and is currently researching the private and public benefits of school choice, education savings accounts and an education voucher system.

 

Janis served as VP Membership for the provincial Wildrose Party up until unity in July 2017. She is currently a director on the Red Deer South United Conservative Party Board.

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Lee Eddy

Lee grew up in Nanton, Alberta and has lived in Alberta his entire life. Currently he resides on a hobby acreage a few miles from Markerville, Alberta. He has been a leader, researcher, and practitioner with the agriculture industry throughout his career.

Lee graduated from the University of Alberta with a BSc in Agriculture majoring in Soil Science, Animal Science, and Economics. He started his career in the industry working with Feed-Rite in Linden and then spent the next ten years at Hoffmann La Roche in animal nutrition. At Hoffman La Roche, he was involved with research on Vitamin E, folic acid, and biotin in livestock feed.

In 1998, Lee embraced his entrepreneurial passion and started Blue Rock Animal Minerals, an animal nutrition company. He worked hard building his business and company until the fateful day when cancer took his wife Barbara.

After Barb’s passing, Lee found a business partner Kristen Ritson-Bennett and started Blue Rock Animal Nutrition Ltd. This business has been very successful and is growing rapidly. Blue Rock is the founding company for researching biochar in North America as a supplement fed to cattle to reduce methane emissions.

Lee enjoys spending his free time volunteering to improve his community. He has volunteered for many years as a hockey coach, Special Olympics Nordic Skiing coach, and rodeo judge. He has also been a very active volunteer and advocate for his community through conservative politics.

Lee is past President of the UCP Innisfail-Sylvan Lake Constituency Association and was second in running for president for the provincial UCP.  Former board positions include Director, VP Membership, and President of the Wildrose Innisfail-Sylvan Lake Constituency Association; President, Western Intercollegiate Rodeo Association; and President, Sage Hills Condo Association, Cochrane.

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Born and raised in Western Newfoundland. After earning a degree in agriculture from the University of Guelph worked in various Agricultural jobs in Ontario, Newfoundland and BC before moving to the Red Deer area in 1999 an insurance broker providing financial security advice and products to small businesses.

 

Since early adulthood he’s been passionate regarding politics and policy. Appeared before the Charest Commission in 1990 speaking in opposition to the Meech Lake Accord and in that same year presented in camera recommendations to the Newfoundland Taskforce on Agri-foods for reform of both the federal and provincial agriculture departments.

 

For the past fifteen years he has been active on policy issues for the CPC, Wildrose Party, UCP, Town of Innisfail and the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce. Worked to develop policy positions ranging from Wheat Board reform to Healthcare to Finance and Tax.

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Bob Wilkins

Bob was born in Ontario and grew up in Guelph and Waterloo. Prior to starting work with the TD Bank main branch Kitchener, I obtained experience with dairy, manufacturing, retail and a summer in Algonouin Park with The Ontario Department of Lands and Forests. In 1965 I was transferred to TD International Division at King & Bay Streets Toronto as a foreign exchange trader. In 1967 he was transferred to main branch Calgary, then 2 Calgary Place and 114- 8th Ave SW Branch. In 1971 Bob moved to Human Resources Edmonton for 7+ years, followed by 109 St & Whyte Ave Edmonton Br. for commercial credit training, and subsequently as branch manager for Southview Mall Branch, Medicine Hat.

 

That led to a combination of management experiences with a Medicine Hat credit union, and a large land developer who was involved with the leasing of malls and hotel operations as well as ranching and farming. Bob spent a number of years with Royal Trust Medicine Hat as a commercial and residential mortgage lender.

 

For the years 1983-1986 Bob was an acclaimed counsellor for the Municipal District of Cypress #1 with my area being from south of Dunmore, east to the Saskatchewan border and south to the Montana border, a very large area comprising of longtime historic ranches including the Cypress Hills area.

 

In 1991 Bob returned to TD Bank in Oyen, then retired as manager of the Stettler Branch in 1999. During that time, he was recognized as one of TD’s Alberta Ag Specialists. Bob has volunteered with numerous groups over the years, including Alberta 4H and was President of TD Canada Trust Retired Members Association of Alberta. His love of hockey allowed him to play across the country and in later years with the Canadian Old-timer’s Associations of Sherwood Park, Medicine Hat, Stettler and Red Deer.

 

Upon retiring Bob and his wife Flory and spent 2 years travelling and living in their 5th wheel before buying our home in Innisfail. They also took up the art of stained glass in 1999 and are considered to be professional stained-glass artists. They have both have travelled extensively across Canada, USA, the Caribbean, Mexico, Brazil and Europe.  They have 6 children and are blessed with 6 grandchildren.

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Born in Calgary and raised in Medicine Hat, Zach considers himself  an average Albertan,

who is deeply concerned about freedom in Alberta and wants to do something about it !!

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Denton Wierzsba

Raised on a cow-calf operation east of Ponoka, Alberta. Upon graduating high school in 2007, he moved to Red Deer to attend college and has lived there nearly full time since. Currently, he is managing a fund running money for himself and friends speculating on futures for commodities, currencies, equity indices, and interest rates. Denton has been involved in the political scene since his mid-20s serving on local boards for the Conservative Party of Canada federally and the Wildrose Party and United Conservative Party provincially. He was part of the group that brought forward the abolish-supply management policy resolution at the 2018 Conservative Party of Canada convention.