Thana Boonlert is no stranger to politics in Alberta. He was the GPA candidate in the 2016 By-Election in Calgary-Greenway and the GPC candidate in the 2015 General Election in Calgary Centre. He was also the Poverty and Homelessness critic for GPA’s Shadow Cabinet in 2017 and is currently the GPC’s Alberta Representative on Federal Council.
Thana’s educational background is in Environmental Engineering. His career experiences include quantifying air emissions in the oil and gas industry, air quality science/engineering, environmental compliance, and storm water engineering. His active involvement around the community has allowed him to have a positive reputation in Alberta.
As a young and ambitious professional, he often seeks to combine his technical and social skills in broadening his large network and learning new ways of communicating sensitive issues. In addition to being frequently invited to attend various conferences, conventions and meetings around the province, Thana was also the Sustainability Director for his Community Association. In this role, he was able to develop a committee and influenced the community board in endorsing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. He is a frequent volunteer at the Calgary Drop-In Centre, a graduate of the Next Up Climate Leadership Program, and a past Ambassador of the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association.
Brian Deheer sees the Green Party of Alberta leading the province towards a sustainable and diversified economy, a prosperous society that excels in stewardship and respect for human rights. Albertans want a better future for our children and grand-children. Certainly, the six Green Party principles resonate strongly with his values.
Brian’s ideas for a sustainable economy are guided by the principles of Sustainability and Ecological Wisdom. So often we hear “it’s all about the economy,” or “Jobs, jobs, jobs!” To Brian, it’s more than this; it’s about quality of life; livable, thriving communities, in both urban and rural Alberta; enabling local organizations to enrich their communities; encouraging small and medium-sized local businesses. There’s a role for everyone; we’ve all got to do our part. Brian is looking forward to meeting and collaborating with people across the province.
Brian ran as the GPA candidate in 2015 in Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills, gaining 2.75% of the popular vote. He also ran as the Green candidate in a federal by-election in 2014, and in the federal general election in 2015.
Brian values Social Justice and Respect for Diversity: we must keep building on the foundations of reconciliation & healing, advocacy, inclusiveness, and solidarity with all members of society, which have become part of Alberta’s legacy. Brian has been supporting efforts towards Proportional Representation through Fair Vote Canada since 2008.
Brian has been a member of the Athabasca Watershed Council Board since 2014, serving as Board Chair since 2015. He’s also been a board member of the Keepers of the Athabasca Watershed Society (KAWS) since 2012. KAWS works with First Peoples to address watershed/environmental and indigenous rights issues. In the past, Brian also has been a member of Lac La Biche County’s Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee (2012-2015) and a member of Northern CARE (Community Action for Recycling Enterprises, later Alberta CARE) in the 1990s.
Brian studied Urban and Regional Planning at the Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary, from 1987-1990. He is a musician and has taught music lessons for 20 years. His interests also include renewable/alternative energy. Brian has been a member of the Solar Energy Society of Canada since 1989. Brian loves cross-country skiing and has been an active member of and volunteer for the Lac La Biche Nordic Ski Club since 1993.