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The Honourable Danielle Smith

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Premier of Alberta

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Danielle Smith is a proud Albertan. As leader of the governing United Conservative
Party, she was sworn in as the 19th Premier of Alberta on October 11, 2022. She
represents the riding of Brooks-Medicine Hat in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.
Premier Smith has had a lifelong interest in Alberta public policy and finding the right
balance between free enterprise and individual freedom, and the role of government.
She was previously MLA for Highwood and leader of the Official Opposition.
Before re-entering politics, Premier Smith worked extensively in the media and in
business, most recently as president of Alberta Enterprise Group. Before that, she was
a radio host with Corus Entertainment for six years.

Premier Smith holds degrees in both Economics and English from the University of
Calgary. She is married to David and a proud stepmom to his son. They live in
High River with their dog, Caine.

Rachel Curran

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Head of Public Policy, Meta Canada

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Rachel Curran is a lawyer by training, and has nearly 15 years of experience in public affairs, including extensive experience providing strategic and policy advice to the Prime Minister of Canada and federal and provincial Cabinet ministers.

As Director of Policy to the Prime Minister, Rachel was closely engaged in all matters involving the federal government, including foreign and defence policy, trade negotiations, economic affairs, immigration, transportation, energy and the environment, indigenous affairs, social development and intergovernmental relations.  She was directly responsible for setting and implementing the government’s policy agenda over the course of four years, and oversaw all major governmental initiatives including the preparation of the annual federal budget.

At the provincial level, as Chief of Staff and advisor to two senior Cabinet ministers, Rachel provided advice on a range of political, policy and legislative issues related to public safety, including law enforcement, residential tenancy, consumer protection, automobile insurance, road safety, gaming, liquor licensing and distribution, and provincial emergency management.

Rachel currently works for Meta Canada as Head of Public Policy. Over the last six years, Rachel has worked as a senior associate with Harper & Associates Ltd., an international consulting firm led by former Prime Minister Harper, and as an instructor at Carleton University’s Riddell Program in Political Management. She also appeared as a regular panelist and commentator on CBC’s Power & Politics, and was a recurring contributor to the Institute for Research on Public Policy’s Policy Options magazine.

Shannon Joseph

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Chair, Energy for a Secure Future

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A sustainable development and public affairs professional with over 15 years of experience that includes environmental engineering, municipal sustainability program management, the upstream oil and gas industry and Indigenous relations. She is motivated by the strong conviction that energy is about people and that abundant, affordable, low-emission energy is a pre-condition for growing the middle class, protecting the environment and in Canada, advancing reconciliation.

Currently serving as Chair of Energy for a Secure Future, Ms. Joseph spent close to 10 years in progressively senior roles at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, including as Senior Manager of Research and Development with its Green Municipal Fund and as the founding Director of the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program, a $75 million capacity building and granting program focused on climate change mitigation and adaption at the community level. Most recently, Ms. Joseph served as Vice-President, Government Relations and Indigenous Affairs for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). She led work related to federal policies affecting Canada’s upstream oil and natural gas industry, including the Impact Assessment Act (Bill C-69), United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People’s Act and various climate change focused policies. An important part of this work involved building relationships with Indigenous organizations in support of ongoing economic reconciliation in Canada.

A member of the Order of Engineers of Quebec, Ms. Joseph holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McGill University and Master of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto. Ms. Joseph has served on the Boards of Directors of the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network (now Environmental Funders Canada) and the Energy Council of Canada and was a member of the Advisory Council for the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy initiative.

Bob Masterson

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President & CEO, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC)

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Bob Masterson is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC).  He is the chief spokesperson and leading advocate for Canada’s chemistry and plastics industry, the country’s third largest manufacturing sector.

In this role, Bob is focussed on three priorities: Improving Canada’s investment and regulatory environment to have the chemistry and plastics sector recognized as a leader in (or driver of) the emerging circular and net carbon zero economy; ensuring the activities of the industry are aligned with societal expectations through Responsible Care®, the made in Canada and now global ESG initiative for the industry; and building a diverse, trusted and healthy workplace. while sustaining CIAC as a Great Place to Work Canada® Certified™

Bob holds an engineering degree from Queen’s University, and Masters Public Administration from Carleton University.  He is a Chartered Director through the McMaster DeGroote School of Business and recently joined the Board of Directors of Women Building Futures™ an organization focussed on creating opportunities for women in the skilled trades.