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Policy Committees

Our policy committees are made up of a diverse set of volunteer Chamber members who help shape the Chamber's priorities in advocating for Edmonton business interests to positively influence decisions made by each order of government. 

Interested in shaping Edmonton Chamber policy and priorities?

Made up of a diverse set of Chamber members, policy committees discuss and develop positions on issues affecting Edmonton’s business community. Once these positions are established, our team incorporates them into Chamber advocacy to appropriate orders of government to positively influence the impact of their decisions on business. 

The influence of our policy committees reaches far beyond the city. Each year, the Edmonton Chamber has the unique opportunity to submit policies to both the Alberta Chambers of Commerce and Canadian Chamber of Commerce to be included in their advocacy efforts as well.  

Our committees consist of remarkable individuals—employed by our member companies—that actively initiate positive change for businesses in Edmonton. 

The application period for the 2023/24 policy committees is now closed. If you are interested in volunteering with this dynamic advocacy community, please click the contact the Chamber Policy team.

Thank you to the remarkable volunteers who shaped Chamber advocacy in 2022/23! 

Energy, Environment and Natural Resource Committee


Stacey Schorr, Direct Energy


Derek Hollman, EPCOR



Bill Ross, Verceta

David MacLean, Alberta Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA)

Gord Rajewski, Pinchin Ltd

Jacalyn Hodgson, ATCO

Jason Comandante, Capital Power

Jason Krips, Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA)

Russ Bell, Russ Bell & Associates

Ryan Leskiw, NAIT

Sean Collins, Varme

Vivian Agube, University of Alberta

Finance, Budget and Regulation Committee


Kathy Bonazew, MNP


Samrawit Tamru, BDC Advisory Services



Alan Gilligan, Ballad Consulting Group

Angela McDow, Info-Tech

Farooq Ahmed, Rotaflow

George Teply, CIMA Canada Inc.

Jason Maltais, Equitus Partners LLP

Jeremy Hamelin, Quickfire Mortgage

Joseph Yurkovich, Miller Thompson LLP

Keith Hennel, Dentons

Laura Marcato, Seniuk & Company

Dr. Rupak Sarma, Legal Researcher

Tim Morrison, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC)

Valerie Rodriguez, PWC

Vamsi Vinakari, Scotiabank

Health and Life Sciences Committee


Loreen Wales, Revive Wellness


Hana Marinkovic, Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation

Joe Lizotte, Jasper Avenue Dental

Kathy Alves, Alberta Blue Cross

Kim King, King Strategies

Lisa Laferriere, Health Cities

Michelle Miller, Neogen

Natasha Laffin, Bennett Jones LLP

Shara Vigeant, SVPT Fitness & Athletics

Tarik Alatassi, Puravita Canada

Zhen Li, TC Scientific

Trade and Industry Committee


Alim Somji, Jaffer Inc.

Vice Chair:

Wray Steedsman, Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers


Aina Khan, SemTegra Solutions

Edy Wong, University of Alberta

Ian Morrison, Stantec

Jon Heisler, WSP Canada

Lea Storry, Our Family Lines

Lee Funke, Torque Communications

Mammen Tharakan, Edmonton International Airport (YEG)

Mark Evans, Complete Shipping Solutions

Michael Loftus, Student - University of Alberta

Workforce Development and Attraction


Doha Melhem, Pivotal Research Inc


Andrea De Ocampo, Robert Half Canada

Anthony Pangilinan, University of Alberta

Ayo Aiyeleye, Alberta Innovates

Dave Foster, McLean Ross LLP

Doug Piquette, Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC)

Dylan Schoonover, Norquest College

Gopan Kurup, ARC Business Solutions Inc.

Masa Idelbi, Rohit Group

Mona Wajahat, SureHire Inc.

Rob Yager, United Way

Ryan Young, NAIT

Theresa Vladicka, MacEwan University

Arts, Tourism and Hospitality Committee


Dan St. Pierre, Explore Edmonton


Brittney Roy, BKRx Inc.


Alon Faitelis, Summa Strategies Canada

Amber Rooke, The Works International Visual Arts Society

Anastasia Arabia, Trend Research

Derek Perchaluk, Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG)

Eve Rose, Eve Rose Interiors

Jeet Arora, Stanhope Eatery and Bar

Jill Allan, Alberta Craft Council

Jim Gibbon, Edmonton Heritage Festival

Michael Zaugg, Pro Coro Canada

Peter Ogilvie, Edmonton Destination Marketing Hotels Ltd

Sally Kim, Edmonton Arts Council

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