Janet Keeping is leader of the Green Party of Alberta. Active engagement in politics is the natural extension of Janet’s long-term commitment to human-friendly and healthy environments, social justice and true democracy.
Janet ran as the Green Party of Alberta’s candidate in Calgary-Foothills in the 2015 General Election and again in the 2015 By-election.
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Born in Montreal, as a child Janet lived in Quebec, southern Ontario and the Boston area. She obtained a B. Sc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971. In 1973 she moved to Calgary, where she took her Master’s in philosophy and then a law degree at the University of Calgary. After articling with the law firm Bennett Jones, Janet co-founded and became the first Executive Director of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre.
From 1984 to 2006, Ms. Keeping did legal research and public legal education for the Canadian Institute of Resources Law at the University of Calgary. In that position she worked on human rights, environmental protection and accommodation of Aboriginal interests in the context of oil and gas development. She was the Institute’s Director of Russian programs from 1994 to 2006, travelling widely in Russia to organize professional development seminars on energy regulation and policy. During that time, she was named Honorary Professor, Faculty of Law, Tyumen State University, Tyumen, Russia, and awarded the Medal of Service by the Academic Council of Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Russia.
From 2006-2012 Janet served as President of the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership.
Janet ran in the 2012 provincial election for the EverGreens which has been re-named the Green Party of Alberta. In September 2012, she was elected leader of the Party.
Janet lives in the Hillhurst community of Calgary where she and her husband raised three children.
(Revised March 3, 2015)