Staff

Bill Moore-Kilgannon, Executive Director

Bill Moore-KilgannonBill Moore-Kilgannon is the Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta. Prior to joining Public Interest Alberta, he worked in Ottawa as the Director of Campaigns and Communications of the Council of Canadians from 2001 - 2004, and he was the Executive Director of the Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta from 1997 - 2001. He was the coordinator of the Global Visions Festival from 1992 - 1997 and is also a documentary video maker (his most recent production is a video about the music, art and theatre of street children in Nicaragua). Bill studied Canadian and Latin American history, political science and economics at the University of Alberta and l'Unversité de Sherbrooke, and speaks both French and Spanish.

 

Karen Werlin, Office Manager

karen_werlinKaren is the Office Manager of Public Interest Alberta. Before joining PIA, she was on staff at the Alberta Federation of Labour for 27 years. A life-long activist, she served her union in many capacities, including as president of her local and as regional officer on the National and International Executive Boards. She played an important role in transforming the union into an all Canadian organization, the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union.

Over the years Karen has served on various committees including the AFL Women’s Committee, the Executive Board of the Edmonton & District Labour Council and the Edmonton May Week Festival Committee. She is currently involved with the Alberta Labour History Institute and sings with Notre Dame de Bananes, Edmonton's own left-wing socialist choir.

Contact Karen: office@pialberta.org

 

Julie Hrdlicka, Calgary Outreach Coordinator

Julie HrdlickaJulie Hrdlicka has been working in the areas of social and environmental justice for over a decade year in Calgary. Julie has been the Outreach and Promotion organizer for a number of organizations in the city including: CANESI (The Canadian Network to End Sanctions on Iraq), Faith and the Common Good (Calgary) and the Calgary office of the Parkland Institute. She has also been on the board of many organizations over the years including; The Irma Parhad Programs at the U of C, Project Ploughshares Calgary, Sunrise Community Links and the Calgary War Resisters Campaign Group.

Contact Julie: calgary@pialberta.org

 

Joel French, Communications Coordinator

Joel FrenchJoel French became active in progressive movements when he began studying Middle Eastern politics at the University of Alberta in 2008. He was a co-founder of Palestine Solidarity Network - U of A Edmonton in his first year at university and became Chair of the Student Umbrella for Social Justice (SUSJ) in his second year. He was also President of the U of A Campus NDP for two years. He has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Religious Studies and Middle Eastern and African Studies.

Joel went on to manage the constituency office of Brian Mason, Leader of Alberta's NDP, from 2010 until 2012, when he joined the staff of Friends of Medicare as the Office Manager. He has served as a Voter Contact Organizer and Campaign Manager on a number of election campaigns at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels. He started as the Communications Coordinator for Public Interest Alberta in February 2014.

Contact Joel: communications@pialberta.org

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Hi Bill, I phoned today for the CBC Radio talk show on a comprehensive early childhood education and care system for Alberta, but didn't get on. Just wanted to say that you and PIA have done a terrific job researching this issue and bringing forward proposals to the public. The evidence is there, and it's time for the government to act.

I read where you were talking about tough regulations for pipeline safety and how if their not put in place people won't want them going through their territories,I really hope that there is a third party(not affiliated with any oil company)that makes these regulations.

Your readers might be interested in my new blog: povertyfightsbackalberta.blogspot.com

Thanks to Arvin for the comment. We definitely need to make our voices heard on this critical issue. Anyone looking for more on what you can do can head to www.ourwaterisnotforsale.com. Definitely sign on to our open letter to the Environment Minister, sign up to get email updates to keep informed, and check out the other ways to take action on the website.

I read the Journal article (08/31/11) titled "Provincial rivers plan slammed" Bill made some alarming statements about what the province has planned for our waters. Water is such an important natural resource we cannot afford to lie idly by while it is bought away. WHAT CAN WE DO as citizens to make our voice and concerns heard? Please reply back. I would love an email. Arvin

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