The work continues on building our new political party Canadian Future. Our volunteer coordinator Julie Smith has held a series of informal gatherings of supporters in Fredericton, Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax and Winnipeg. Working groups clustering members with policy expertise in specific areas are being set up and will be announcedsoon. We are also getting ready for our first National Council meeting later this month.
In light of that, I want to continue the introductions to National Council that I started last week with three more representatives. Our Interim National Council will include a representative from every province and territory as well as the party president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, leader, and the Executive Director. The final members will be introduced in my letter next week.
Vice President – Dr Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech
Beth-Anne is currently an Associate Professor of Engineering Management at the University of Windsor. She immigrated to Canada as a child in 1975. Initially her family settled in Northern Ontario before settling near Toronto. She went to McMaster University for her undergraduate degree in Engineering, and then to York University for her MBA, before earning her PhD at the University of Georgia in Public Policy. Beth-Anne has been a licensed professional engineer since 1997. She has worked for many years on regulatory compliance and governance, as well as serving on non-profit and private sector boards.
British Columbia – Ken Armour
Ken is currently working for various organizations in the post-secondary education sector. He has over 20 years in various senior management positions with the BC Government and the Government of Canada. His focus was in the areas of advanced education, research and innovation, Indigenous relations and reconciliation, and intergovernmental relations. Ken has a Master of Public Administration, a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts, all from the University of Alberta. Ken lives in Esquimalt with his wife (a provincial public servant) and his cat (no fixed role) and enjoys running, hiking, cycling and travelling.
Alberta– Roger Strathof
Roger is an experienced and successful banking business leader with domestic and international exposure to energy, technology, infrastructure, emerging markets, and government relationships. Roger has held increasingly senior, executive and leadership roles in capital markets, risk management, corporate and commercial banking, and as executive assistant to the CEO and Chairman of RBC. These roles have spanned Canada (Calgary, Vancouver, & Toronto) and Europe (Frankfurt and London). Roger holds a Master of Public Policy at the University of Calgary and has been active in campaigning for various provincial political parties in Alberta and BC, and has served on the Calgary West riding board.