2021 Participants of the Public Policy Training Institute


Nagwan Al-Guneid

Communications Lead

The Natural Step/Energy Futures Lab

Traci Anderson

Executive Director

Boys and Girls Clubs of  Kamloops

Sarah Barber

Research and Evaluation Specialist


Katherine Blake


Toronto Foundation for Student Success

Lindsay Boucher

Prairie Chapter Coordinator

Sierra Club of Canada Foundation

Meriam Bravante

Research and Policy Coordinator


Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber

Executive Director

League of Innovators

Diana Bumstead

Advocacy Volunteer

Volunteer Action Centre WR

Susannah Cameron

Manager of Strategic Initiatives


Francis Campbell

Policy & Research Analyst

Capital Regional Housing Corporation

Georgia Carstensen

Senior Manager – Campaigns (Policy & Advocacy)

Heart & Stroke Foundation

Andrea Christensen

Youth Housing Support Worker (YTA Program)

Trellis Society of Community Impact

Sandra Clarkson

Executive Director

Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre Society

Surma Das

Research Coordinator


Andrea Donini

Communications Officer


Jennifer Fischer-Summers

Research Assistant

Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth and Families (CUP), University of Alberta

Emily Jensen

Network Engagement Coordinator

Imagine Canada

Adam Job

Manager, Public Policy & Research

Imagine Canada

Rachel Rizzuto

Research Manager

Northern Policy Institute

Robyn Romano

Director of Operations

Distress Centre Calgary

Alanna Schwartz

Position Paper Committee Chair

The Trauma-Informed  Care Collective

Ariel Siller


Children’s Literacy Foundation

Anita Simon

Child and Youth Mental Health Lead

Imagine Citizens Collaborating for Health

2020 Participants of the Public Policy Training Institute


Akash Asif

Engagement Specialist

Centre for Suicide Prevention

Amanda Barberio


Healthy Public Policy Unit, Alberta Health Services

Pamela Berg

Director of Resource and Policy Development

Praxis Spinal Cord Institute

Aleysha Christensen

Program Officer

Alberta Parks and Recreation Association

Mehrzad Eftekhar

Project Manager

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS)

Jan Fox

Executive Director

Reach Edmonton Council

Anita Hofer
Ashley Huang

Follow-up Support Worker

Boyle Street Community Services

Michael Hutchison

Growth & Partnerships Manager

Teach For Canada

Nicole Kahal

Conservation Analyst

Miistakis Institute

Brooke Kapeller

Conservation Program Coordinator

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), Southern Alberta Chapter

Kolbi Kurkaba

Project & Public Relations Manager

Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Division

Rebecca Leong

Alberta Early Learning and Care Leaders Caucus Member (CCCF), Executive Director (A.C.E.)

Alberta Early Learning and Care Leaders Caucus Member (CCCF), Executive Director (A.C.E.)

Chris Markham

Executive Director


Nicolette Miller

Director, Corporate Services

Bishop O’Byrne Housing Association

Rohadi Nagassar


Action Coalition on Human Trafficking (ACT ALBERTA)

Patricia Pasemko

Chief Executive Officer

On Site Placement

Eric Pianarosa

Director of Collective Impact


Melody Santiago

Learning and Development Coordinator

Volunteer Alberta

Christina Steed

Board Member

Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society

Kristin Ward Diaz

Senior Manager, Ecosystem and Public Participation

Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, Community Development Unit


2019 Participants of the Public Policy Training Institute


Jalene Anderson-Baron

Policy and Research Analyst

Capital Region Housing

Meaghan Bell

Strategic Business Analyst

City of Calgary/Calgary Housing Company

Kirsten Boda

Research and Reporting Coordinator


Karin Duff

Director of Early Learning

Rancho Ehrlo Society

Jolene Fawcett

Unity Coordinator

Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary

Chloe Ferguson

Chief of Staff/Program Director, The Early Years

The Martin Family Initiative

Susan Garrow-Oliver

AECEA Board Member

Canadian Child Care Federation/Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta (AECEA)

Ruhee Ismail-Teja

YMCA Canada National Board Director; Chair, Public Policy & Advocacy Committee

YMCA Canada

Bernadette Johnson

Manager, Public Policy

Imagine Canada

Octavio Rodriguez Lara

Diversity Liaison

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

Lisa Litz

Director Stakeholder Relations

Horizon Housing Society

Sandra MacDougall

Engineer, Highways and Public Works, Whitehorse Yukon

Volunteer, Raven Recycling, Whitehorse Yukon

Beth Mansell

Strategic Project and Operations Coordinator

Sage Seniors Association (Sage)

Josée Méthot

Watershed Planning Manager

Red Deer River Watershed Alliance

John Richardson

Research & Policy Coordinator

Calgary Arts Development Council

Teresa Rose

Assistant Professor

Athabasca University

Peter Schalk

Board Member

Edmonton Social Planning Council

Johanna Schwartz

Communications Lead

The Alex Community Health Centre

Lee Stevens

Community Facilitation and Engagement Specialist

Vibrant Communities Calgary

Sarah Stuebing

Communications and Community Investment Manager

Alberta Real Estate Foundation

Angela Torry


Healthy Public Policy Unit (HPPU), Public Health Surveillance & Infrastructure
Population, Public and Indigenous Health, Alberta Health Services (AHS)

Marie Tremblay

Senior Education Advisor

Alberta Council for Environmental Education

Sue White


Winnifred Stewart Association

Winnifred Stewart Foundation

The following organizations have participated in the Public Policy Training Institute in recent years:

  • ABC Head Start
  • ActionDignity
  • Aga Khan Foundation Calgary
  • Agriculture and Food Council of Alberta
  • Alberta AdaptAbilities Association
  • Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC)
  • Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies
  • Alberta Ecotrust Foundation
  • Alberta Caregivers Association
  • Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research
  • Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities
  • Alberta Council for Environmental Education
  • Alberta Disabilities Forum
  • Alberta Food Bank Network Association
  • Alberta Health Services
  • Alberta Lake Management Society
  • Alberta Museums Association
  • Alberta Real Estate Foundation
  • Alberta Wilderness Association
  • Alzheimer Society of Calgary
  • Antyx Community Arts Society
  • Arthritis Society of AB
  • Autism Society Alberta
  • BC Lung Association
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
  • Bissell Centre
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Kamloops
  • Calgary Arts Development
  • Calgary Drug Treatment Court Society
  • Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
  • Calgary Chinatown Seniors Centre Foundation
  • Calgary Counselling Centre
  • Calgary Family Services
  • Calgary Homeless Foundation
  • Calgary Reads
  • Calgary Sexual Health Centre
  • Calgary John Howard Society
  • Canadian Boreal Initiative
  • Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT Division
  • Canadian Child Care Federation
  • Canadian Diabetes Association
  • Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation
  • Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region
  • Canadian Mental Health Association – Edmonton Region
  • Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society (CPAWS), AB Chapter
  • Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), NS Chapter
  • Canadian Red Cross
  • CanLearn Centre/Calgary Learning Centre
  • Capital Region Housing Corporation
  • Caregivers Alberta
  • Carya
  • Centre for Suicide Prevention
  • Children’s Literacy Foundation
  • The City of Edmonton
  • CiRS – Your Community Connector
  • Community Foundations of Canada
  • Community-University Partnership, University of Alberta
  • Connections Counselling and Consulting Foundation
  • The Counselling Foundation of Canada
  • CUP
  • Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre
  • Distress Centre Calgary
  • Drop In Centre
  • E4C
  • Ecofiscal Commission
  • EcoSpark
  • Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
  • Edmonton Do Likewise Society
  • Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers
  • Edmonton’s Food Bank
  • EndPovertyEdmonton
  • Energy Futures Lab/The Natural Step Canada
  • Environmental Law Centre
  • Enviros
  • Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary
  • Food Banks Alberta
  • Fort Saskatchewan Families First Society
  • Fuse Social
  • Gateway Association
  • The GRIT Program
  • Health Consumers for Policy Reform
  • The Hearing Foundation of Canada
  • The Hearts and Hammers Society
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association
  • HIV Edmonton
  • Homewood Research Institute
  • Horizon Housing Society
  • Hospice Calgary
  • Humber College
  • Injury Prevention Centre, University of Alberta
  • IntegralOrg
  • Imagine Canada
  • Imagine Citizens
  • Immigrant Sector Council of Calgary
  • Islamic Family and Social Services Association
  • JDIC Senior Centre
  • Jewish Family Service Calgary
  • League of Innovators
  • Lifestyle Helping Hands Seniors Association
  • LINKages Society of Alberta
  • Literacy Alberta
  • KidSport Society of Alberta
  • McMan Youth Family & Community Services Association
  • Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • Miistakis Institute
  • Momentum
  • Mount Royal University Institute for Nonprofit Studies
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, AB & NWT Division
  • The Mustard Seed Society
  • Muttart Foundation
  • Neighbourlink
  • Northern Policy Institute
  • Norwood Child & Family Resource Centre
  • Nose Creek Sports and Recreation Association
  • Pathways Community Services Association
  • Pride Centre of Edmonton
  • Progressive Alternatives Society of Calgary
  • Propellus
  • Prostate Cancer Canada Network
  • Sage Seniors Association
  • SAIT Students’ Association
  • Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary
  • Shift: The Project To End Domestic Violence
  • Sierra Club of Canada Foundation
  • Sierra Club Canada Foundation – Atlantic Chapter
  • Siloam Mission
  • Sinneave Family Foundation
  • Social Venture Partners
  • Society for Advancement of Excellence in Education
  • Special Olympics Alberta
  • Students’ Union University of Calgary
  • Sustainability Resources
  • Sustainable Food Edmonton
  • Theatre Calgary
  • The Trauma-Informed Care Collective
  • Toronto Foundation for Student Success
  • Trellis Society of Community Impact
  • United Nations Association in Canada, Edmonton Branch
  • United Way of Calgary and Area
  • United Way of Central Alberta
  • United Way of Halifax
  • United Way of the Alberta Capital Region
  • University of Calgary Faculty of Nursing
  • UpStart Champions for Children and Youth
  • Vibrant Communities Calgary
  • Vecova
  • Volunteer Action Centre WR
  • Volunteer Alberta
  • Water Matters
  • Women’s Centre of Calgary
  • The Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association
  • Wood’s Homes
  • Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative
  • YMCA of Edmonton
  • YW Calgary