Bill Moore-Kilgannon, Executive Director
Prior to joining Public Interest Alberta, Bill worked in Ottawa as the Director of Campaigns and Communications for 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.
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Karen Werlin, Office Manager
Karen 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.
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Julie Hrdlicka, Calgary Outreach Coordinator
Julie has been working in the areas of social and environmental justice for over a decade 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.
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Joel French, Communications Coordinator
Joel became active in progressive movements when he began studying Middle East 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 the 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 Distinction 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.
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