AGM 2022 NOMINEES

Regional Directors are elected by members from that region.
All other positions are elected by general membership.

Governor at Large
2 positions open

Todd Brown

Todd Brown

Bio to be submitted by nominee.


Robert Duncan

Robert Duncan

Robert Duncan lives in the Lacombe/Ponoka riding with his wife and two children. He is interested in finance and economics and can often be found researching the topics. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and spending time with friends and family around a campfire.

Robert got interested in politics in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He saw pastors jailed, division in his community due to lockdowns, and a lack of medical ethics regarding vaccine mandates. He does not believe the current political system can be fixed. It is his opinion that a new system with a stronger constitution needs to be put in place to ensure it never happens again.

Robert worked five years on a full-time emergency ambulance and saw firsthand the inefficiency of government. He often waited three hours for patients to get a bed in an ER. Due to these experiences, Robert believes in completely privatizing the medical system and adopting a Universal Private System like Switzerland, allowing Albertans choice in health decisions. He also supports a voucher system for education and is a proponent of safe schools.

Robert is running for the Director-At-Large position for the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta. He wants to give Albertans back control of their lives and ensure they never lose their basic human rights again.

Having run his own business, Robert became familiar with social media marketing and advertising. As a Director-At-Large, he wants to utilize social media platforms to engage with the membership and give them a voice on the PBOG. This is part of his plan to put members first.

Robert would like WIPA to treat their members better than any other political party. He also wants to improve the communication and transparency between the members, CAs, and the PBOG. Lastly, he wants to hold a policy conference so the membership can have input on the party's direction; no more negotiating behind closed doors.

In closing, he wants to work together with the membership so that the party is open, honest, and transparent. He believes that together we can build a communication framework that will empower members, CAs, and the PBOG. This would allow each individual to utilize their talents to the fullest extent of their ability, building a party we can all be proud of, earning the trust of Albertans and leading us to independence.


Michael Gibbons

Michael Gibbons

Born in the UK 1953, after finishing school I worked at the Government Telecommunications corporation. The country was slowly moving to socialism, escalating taxes, and uncontrolled immigration etc. We decided that we should explore the possibility of moving to Canada for the open spaces, better standard of living, and much better work opportunities in a free enterprise culture. In 1980 we moved to Alberta. I quickly found employment in a crown corporation. I left that position in 1988 to start my own company, which I still operate to this day. Six years ago, I started following politics, I was very disappointed at what I saw in both Provincial, Municipal, and Federal governments. At that time, I realized that it was highly unlikely that any status quo party could actually make any changes to get a fair deal for Alberta. That was when I found the Western Independence Party of Alberta, I started volunteering, and very quickly was invited into a board position. My son and I initiated the merging of WIPA and the Alberta Freedom Party which together had a following of over 70,000. With a failed attempt to get the party registered most of the board resigned and the party went dormant. I was involved with the start up of the Alberta Freedom Alliance which evolved into The Independence Party, due to their problems early on I left and joined the Freedom Conservative party where I got a position on our local CA in Airdrie. I moved to Wheatland County 2 1/2 years ago and joined the Wildrose Independence Party and helped set up the Strathmore Chestermere CA where I am presently the interim President.

Outside of my political interests I was the founder, and 25 year volunteer at Iron Horse Park in Airdrie. The park is a railway themed site with a miniature ‘ride on’ railway, and a venue for picnics, birthday parties, or just a fun family outing.

My son and I have our own business in low voltage technologies, mostly for dental offices and aircraft facilities, and we recently purchased a tree farm near the community of Namaka which we are presently expanding with many new varieties.


Barry Knodel

Barry Knodel

A born & raised Albertan, I was raised in the greenhouse industry. I took Horticulture at Olds College, and served as Vice President of Students Council. Successful Motorcycle Dealer for 20 yrs, finance mgr, salesman for 15 yrs. Boards served on: Champion Centre, funds developer, Med Hat Ratepayers Assoc, UCP Cypress Med Hat. Alberta must be governed by Albertans. And we must skillfully bring Alberta to self determination of of Policing, Pensions, Equalization, Unemployment Insurance, & ending Taxation, for our children's & grandchildren's future.

Thank you


Floyd Langenhoff

Floyd Langenhoff

My name is Floyd Langenhoff and I am running for Governor at large.

I have lived within a 25 mile radius of High River most of my life. Some of the things I have done in my life include farming, trucking, livestock dealer, livestock exporter, hog assembler, lamb feedlot, realtor, house building, residential land development and importation of solar products.

I have served as the local representative on The Alberta Wheat Pool, The Alberta Pork Producers, Disaster Services and contributor to The Code of Practice for the Care and Transportation of Sheep and Hogs. Community service includes a lifetime Honorary director of the Foothills Youth Foundation and one term as High River town councilor.

My life has been blessed with 3 adult children and 5 grandkids, which is one of many reasons that I wish to stay on this board. I am not happy with the way our world is going and I worry about the future of us all. Independence is the only way to achieve autonomy from the train wreck called World Government. I believe I have the ability to help make that happen and ensure a better future for us all.

Sincerely
Floyd Langenhoff


Ernie Thiessen

Ernie Thiessen

Bio to be submitted by nominee.


Regional Director – Calgary
votes from Calgary region members only

Kevin Miller

Kevin Miller

My name is Kevin Miller. I’m running to become the regional director for Calgary.

I joined WExit Alberta back in 2019, and became a member of the Wildrose Independence Party with the merger. I’ve been involved at the Constituency Association (CA) level, setting up Calgary-Foothills and taking the role of CFO there. Since February 2021 I’ve helped several CAs across Alberta get started. I’ve been helping WIPA by doing flyer delivery, door knocking, helping to hold rallies, and have facilitated or attended hundreds of CA or party meetings. I’ve also been the assistant regional director for Calgary for the last five months.

I was born & raised in Southern Alberta, and have lived in Calgary since 1987, other than a few years when I lived in Seattle. I’m a business analyst, so my day job consists of communication, analysis, process efficiency, and ensuring data is accurate and detailed. These skills will help in the role of regional director.

I have three goals if I am elected.

  1. Improve communication. The provincial board of governors (PBoG) needs to be more communicative with the CAs, and vice-versa. The CAs need to have contact information about the other CAs in their area so they can organize joint meetings or rallies. The CAs need accurate, reliable membership data so they can contact their members. And the regional directors need to communicate so that we can learn from each other. I can help make sure this communication is happening.
  2. Improve resources. The CAs need to be able to have a reliable supply chain to obtain party merchandise or material. They also need to have templates and processes to help simplify administration and rallies. This is something that I can coordinate.
  3. Improve planning. The PBoG should be setting strategic goals for the party and the regional directors should help the CAs work towards those goals.

I’d like an opportunity to help improve the PBoG and the CAs as I work towards those three goals. We need to build a strong party and get ready for the upcoming election.


Phil Moline

Phil Moline

I have been in the construction industry for over 45 years. I am Gold and Blue Seal Certified with training in Management, Project Management, Safety, Journeyman Carpentry, WHIMIS, Corporate Safety and other programs related to project management in Construction.

I am involved in various companies as Business Development manager, Estimator, Project Manager, and Superintendent with large and small developments in and around Southern Alberta, which have included land development, new construction, renovations and commercial tenant fit outs. Included in my responsibilities have been liaison between owners, architects, engineers and quality control of all construction projects. I oversee and manage all aspects of staffing and functionality.

Through my career, some of my primary professional responsibilities have been: tendering and awarding of contracts, project cost and schedule controls, managing sub trade relations, onsite supervision of trades, maintenance of project budgets and schedules, along with quality control of my construction projects. I have initiated development and implementation of the corporate safety programs through my companies.

Although I have never been a politician, I am frustrated and saddened with the current path of Alberta’s government. I feel it necessary to pursue efforts to get Alberta going in the right direction. I love Alberta and what it used to be. I look forward to the opportunity to work with the party.


Kenneth Walker

Kenneth Walker

I want to let you know of my political experience to date.

I joined the Federal Reform Party of Canada Calgary East in August 1998 under Deepak Obhrai who was the MP. I was the Membership Chairman for the first year, President for the second year and then Treasurer until the MP died in August 2019. I was the Official Agent for Mr. Obhrai for every election during that time.

I was a member of the Alberta Alliance Party which merged into the Wildrose Alliance Party, which merged into the Wildrose Party of Alberta, which merged into the UCP Party. I was the treasurer of the Calgary East/Forest Lawn riding of these Parties until Peter Singh became MLA.

I helped to set up the Calgary East CA of the Wildrose Independence Party in 2020 and have been the CFO since.

Sincerely,
Ken H. Walker


Regional Director – Central
votes from Central region members only

Gary Etherington

Gary Etherington

Two years ago, I made a decision to become actively involved in politics rather than just complain about the current gong show. I became a member of the Wild Rose Independence Party and also became a founding director of the Vermilion/Lloydminster/Wainwright CA. Recently, I have also assisted the Alberta Prosperity Project and while they have been very successful in educating Albertans on the merits of an independent Alberta, they are not a party. I believe that WIPA is the only vehicle that can form government and deliver a free and prosperous Alberta.

I was raised on a mixed farm, graduated as a veterinarian, taught at Lakeland College for ten years and practiced at Northern Veterinary Services in Dewberry for another twenty years. Currently with my wife Lois, we run a 200 plus cow/calf operation. We walk our cows in November to a young couple’s custom grazing ranch for the winter, assist with calving in April and bring the cows back in May for summer grazing. This frees up my time to become more involved with WIPA.

I have served on the executive of a number of beef organizations, served on the Alberta Veterinary Food Animal Committee, and been actively involved in a number of local charity and service clubs. According to our website we have currently in Central Alberta, 17 CA districts but only 10 are active and only 6 have contact information. I feel that I have the time and desire to assist in mobilizing the CA’s. I am asking for your vote on July 23rd for the position of Central Regional Director. The provincial election in May of 2023 is approaching quickly. We need to build the team that can elect WIPA MLA’s and make Alberta free and prosperous again.


Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith

Bio to be submitted by nominee.


Regional Director – Edmonton
votes from Edmonton region members only

Don Baron

Don Baron

Thank you for taking some time out of your busy schedule to review a short background Capsule Synopsis for Don Baron. I have resided in Edmonton 30 years. I am married to my wife Paulette with 2 grown children. Our son and his wife and Grandchild living and working in Winnipeg with our daughter residing and working in Edmonton. Growing up at a very young age working with my Free Enterprise parents Farm implement business automotive center in a small Manitoba community. Honing these skills from my parents became a lifestyle on work ethics that I treasure and implement in my grown children. I have learned and established business trades in Mechanical, Electrical, Lineman, Insurance/Financial brokerage, and Professional Safety Specialist.

Learning from my parents at a very young age campaigning for Federal Leaders and riding MP’s, Provincial Leaders and riding MLA’s and mayors including city councilors, School trustee. Multiple experiences in Campaign Coordinator, Federal Party Delegate selection campaigns, setup riding campaign offices, advertising strategy, recruiting candidates and new party members, door to door campaigning, cold phone calling riding residents, contacting all major news outlets for promoting interview for candidate. Some past candidates and leaders’ campaigns have been Pocklington/Mulroney PC Convention 83 & Election in 84, MP Charlie Mayor Wheat Board Minister 84 & 88, Mb Premier Gary Filmon 88, Edmonton Mayor Bill Smith 94, 97, Reform MP Rahim Jaffer in Edmonton Strathcona 97- 2008 and Edmonton mayor candidate Mike Nichol 2022 & WIPA Leader Paul Hinman Bi-election Fort Mac-LLB 2022.

As a WIPA member and strong supporter of the Wildrose Independence Party Alberta’s grassroots bedrock membership driven principals, my goal is to return the 18 Edmonton ridings back to the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta and the only Free Enterprise Party for Alberta.

Thank you for your time and I ask for your support for this position as Edmonton Regional Director.

Warmest Regards

Don Baron
Edmonton Meadow


Sonny Batra

Sonny Batra

My name is Amit (Sonny) Batra. I am married, blessed with 2 children, and I own and operate a successful business in Edmonton.

As an Applied Health Scientist (B. Sc. Major in Chemistry and Human Biology, with a Clinical Minor), with a practical background is in the treatment autoimmune diseases and cancer, my ongoing focus is on chronic and maintenance-related health issues. So far, I have helped four people on their journey to becoming cancer-free (including a complicated glioblastoma and ovarian cancer). I have even helped two dogs who were going to be euthanized, but are now living a disease-free and healthy life.

With my background in alternative and functional medicine I am helping to develop positive policy in support of a proactive medical system where citizens are informed and empowered to act in their own interest. As a Regional Director for the Edmonton Region I have been actively selling memberships and growing the Party. We have been working hard and I believe that WIPA is on the path to a strong showing in the coming election in the Edmonton area

Regards

Sonny Batra
Edmonton North West


Regional Director – North

No candidates

Regional Director – South

No candidates

Secretary

Robert Klebanov

Robert Klebanov

Rob was born during the height of the communist scourge behind the Iron Curtain. When his parents found out that the Soviet Union was starting a conflict in Afghanistan and considering the Soviet Union had conscription that would affect their son, they decided they needed to leave. He is forever be grateful to his parents, Canada and specifically Alberta for the freedom and opportunity he and his family were provided. He is lucky enough to have a wonderful family, a beautiful home and a very satisfying career in IT.

His lifelong experience includes participating in entrepreneurship in technology, working in the fields of oil and gas, large retail and property companies and currently as an IT Networking Professional with Alberta Health Services.

Sadly, historically Alberta has not always been treated fairly and it has actually gotten much worse with the current Liberal government. This has just shown Rob that Alberta will always be at the mercy of Ottawa as long as Alberta remains in Confederation. Maybe it’s time we examine ALL our options and WIPA is the right party to lead Alberta into independence.


VP – Communications

James Albers

James Albers

Political Experience (offices held, party involvement, committees, advocacy):

I have been involved in politics both federally and provincially for around 30 years. I worked on the campaigns of several people, including Bill Yurko, David Kilgour in Edmonton and Prasad Panda in Calgary. I was a provincial lobbyist and ran and won a contested nomination as a candidate in the 1989 provincial election in Edmonton Avonmore under the PC banner. During that time, I joined the then fledgling Reform Party and was present in Winnipeg when the party was created, and Preston Manning became its first leader.

I ran for and won the leadership race for the Social Credit party of Alberta and worked for them for almost a year without pay to raise a conservative opposition that would keep the PCs aligned to conservative values. I was invited to sit on the Calgary Mackay PC association board by Michelle Rempel-Garner and acted in that role for about a year and a half as VP of policy.

I got involved with the original Wildrose Party and served as president of the Calgary MacKay Wildrose constituency association and ran campaigns for Prasad Panda.

I then got involved with Wexit through Kathy Flett and then with the Freedom Conservative Party and was part of the work that brought Wexit and FCP together to form WIPA. I sat as an interim board member until the first AGM. Currently, I sit on the Leadership Selection Committee and the Provincial Nomination Committee.

Board Experience:

I have extensive board experience that spans over three decades. As part of my role on boards, I facilitated and conducted board development sessions in several organizations and staff leadership programs. I have also been a board member for some volunteer organizations and clubs, including one lobby group, Toastmasters and, as mentioned previously, various political groups, including the provincial board for the Social Credit Party of Alberta and constituency association boards, including Edmonton Avonmore (PC) and Calgary Mackay first as a PC, with the Wildrose, and with WIPA.


Kathy Flett

Kathy Flett

A born and raised Albertan, this is home and always will be. Albertans work hard and we play hard. We value family and community, coming together to celebrate good times, while supporting one another through the bad. It’s who we are and we’re proud of it.

A small business owner, I understand the real challenges that Albertans face on a day-to-day basis. I’m not just sick of politicians playing games with our future, I’m over it. Alberta is supposed to be a place where people can enjoy freedom and opportunity. Yet, dating back to 1905, too many Albertans have been forced into bankruptcy or had to pack up and move because of politics. The only way to stop a cycle is to break it. This is a political problem; it requires a political solution.

My introduction to politics these last 2 ½ years has forced a steep learning curve. As everyone knows, this is a very messy arena that nothing can prepare you for and it’s no place for the weak of heart or character. Amid the trials and tribulations faced thus far (and there have been many), my faith in God has kept me grounded, helping me learn to be unoffendable and remain uncorruptible.

Fellow Albertans, it’s time to take control of our own future by becoming completely independent from the rest of Canada. Becoming our own nation isn’t going to be easy, nor should it be. That said, it’s also a very personal decision. This isn’t about saving the future of the country; it’s about securing the future of all Albertans. The resolve to stay or go belongs to us, not career politicians. And when we decide it’s time to cut ties with Ottawa, I’ll be here, ready to do what it takes to make that happen.


Tracy Walker

Tracy Walker

My name is Tracy Walker. I am running for VP Communications for the Wildrose Independent Party of Alberta.

I have been a resident of Red Deer, Alberta for over 55 years, while also helping on our family farm in the Clive/Tees area.

For the past 36 years I have been an owner-operator of a very successful hair studio. Through this career I have had to develop strong communication skills to manage a diverse staff and an even more varied clientele. One of my proudest accomplishments was watching one of my apprentices win hairstylist of the year - for all of Canada.

As VP Communications, My most important task is to ensure the success of our CAs and their Candidates in the upcoming Provincial election. We start this by creating an environment where communication between the Board and CAs and CAs to CAs is both supported and encouraged.

Additionally, my background in both urban and rural communities will help me bridge the gap in ensuring that WIPA is engaging its members and the broader public in ways that reach into the hearts and minds of everyday Albertans.

With teamwork, effort, and humility, we can deliver a message that will put grassroots Albertans first.

Vote Tracy Walker, VP Communications.


VP – Fundraising

Mangdeep Paul

Mangdeep Paul

Mangdeep Singh Paul came to Canada from Punjab in 2010 as an international student. He attended Georgian College in Barrie, ON, where he studied Mechanical Engineering Technology.

After graduation, he moved to Alberta for better future in 2013 and lived on north side Edmonton ever since. He worked in oil and gas industry and faced few layoffs because of the 2015 recession. In 2016, he decided to leave oil n gas industry and move on to different industry. Now, he is working as a Realtor in Edmonton.

He is member of Wildrose Independent Party of Alberta since April 2022. He joined party as he strongly believes in party Principles and policies.

He and his wife, Swati, has been married for 3 years and have 22 months old son. He wants to build better Alberta for his child where his taxes stay in Alberta for its betterment.