Meet the new cabinet: Premier Notley names her team of ministers
Premier Rachel Notley, 51
Rachel Notley was sworn in as Alberta’s 17th Premier on May 24, 2015. She leads Alberta’s first New Democratic government, with a strong majority and a diverse caucus, including the highest percentage of women of any government in Canada. She also serves as Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations.
Brian Mason, 61
Brian Mason was first elected as the MLA for Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood in a by-election in 2000, and is now the longest-serving MLA in the Alberta Legislature. He was selected by Premier Notley to serve as Government House Leader, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure in May 2015
David Eggen, 52
David Eggen first represented the riding of Edmonton-Calder from 2004 to 2008, and was re-elected as MLA in 2012. He now holds the post of Minister of Education and Minister of Culture and Tourism. David served as the executive director of Friends of Medicare from 2008 to 2012.
Sarah Hoffman, 34
Sarah Hoffman is the MLA for the riding of Edmonton-Glenora, and now Minister of Health and Minister of Seniors. Prior to becoming an MLA, Sarah served as chair of the Edmonton Public School Board. As a school board trustee, she helped develop a stand-alone policy to make all schools more welcoming for LGBTQ students, staff and families – a first on the prairies.
Deron Bilous, 39
Deron Bilous has represented the riding of Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview since 2012, and is now Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister of Service Alberta. He also serves as Deputy Government House Leader. Before entering public life, Deron studied at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Education. For five years, he taught English and Social Studies, and mentored students at Edmonton’s Inner City High School. He got his start in community service and organizing as a facilitator with Canada World Youth.
Marg McCuaig-Boyd, 62
Marg McCuaig-Boyd represents the northern Alberta riding of Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley, and is now Minister of Energy. Before being elected to public office, Marg was a teacher and administrator with the Peace River School Division for more than 20 years. She left public education to take an executive position as vice president at the Fairview Campus of Grande Prairie Regional College. Marg left the college in June 2013 to start a consulting company to support small- and medium-sized businesses.
Shannon Phillips, 39
Shannon Phillips represents the southern Alberta riding of Lethbridge-West, and is now Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Minister of Parks and Recreation, and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. She also serves as Deputy Government House Leader. Before being elected, she worked as a journalist and consultant before taking a position with the Alberta Federation of Labour as an economic policy analyst.
Joe Ceci, 53
Joe Ceci represents the riding of Calgary-Fort, and is now Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board. Before being elected to the Legislature, Joe served his community as a city alderman for 15 years, winning five consecutive terms.
Kathleen Ganley, 36
Kathleen Ganley is the Minister of Justice, Solicitor General, and Minister of Aboriginal Relations. Before being elected to the Legislature as the MLA for Calgary-Buffalo, Kathleen was a lawyer with the firm McGown Johnson, specializing in labour and employment law.
Irfan Sabir, 37
Irfan Sabir represents the riding of Calgary-McCall, and is Minister of Human Services. Prior to his election, Irfan practiced Aboriginal law with a national Aboriginal law firm and served as a volunteer for Calgary Legal Guidance and Red Cross Canada.
Lori Sigurdson, 54
Lori Sigurdson was appointed Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education and Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour by Premier Notley in May 2015. A social worker with over 20 years of experience, she served as vice president of Public Interest Alberta and manager of professional affairs for the Alberta College of Social Work before being elected to represent the riding of Edmonton-Riverview.
Oneil Carlier, 52
Oneil Carlier represents the central Alberta riding of Whitecourt-Ste. Anne, and is now the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development. Before entering public life, he worked for twenty years with Agriculture Canada as a geotechnical technician and as a regional representative with PSAC, advocating for workers’ rights and social justice issues.Read More »