The Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC) is a national, not-for-profit organization founded in 1984. Our principal objective is to help public affairs professionals succeed in their work by providing them with forums for professional development, the exchange of new ideas and networking.

PAAC’s growing membership represents a cross-section of the many disciplines involved in public affairs including policy development, government relations, lobbying, communications, opinion research and public relations. Our members come from both the private and public sectors, in areas such as industrial and financial companies, crown corporations, consulting firms, small business, ministries and municipalities, PR organizations, trade associations, educational institutions, law and accounting firms.

The events we offer range from full professional development conferences to tools and techniques sessions and high-profile speakers. We also publish a comprehensive newsletter featuring the latest PAAC and industry news, as well as online job postings from across the country.To suggest future events or learn more about the chapter, please email

PAAC Alberta Chapter Executive

Gabriela Gonzalez  –  PAAC Alberta Chapter President

Kelly McTaggart  –  Vice President
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

Carmen Wyton –  Secretary/Treasurer
Ripple Enterprises

Richard Truscott  –  Membership Chair
Prairie Sky Strategy

Bronte Valk - Event Chair
Council of Canadian Innovators

Che-Wei Chung - Event Chair
Alberta Recycling Management Authority

Taleesha Thorogood- Past President

Members at Large

Jacqueline Alderton
Alberta Seniors & Community Housing Association 

Jeff Henwood
Alberta Municipalities

Zachary Olsen
University of Alberta 

Colleen Potter
Canadian Strategy Group  

Shannon Sereda
Alberta Barley Commission and Alberta Wheat Commission  

Stephen Andrews
Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association

Bill Anderson
Crestview Strategy

Sabrina Grover
Shakti Strategies

Melissa Carvahlo
Global Public Affairs

Corporate Partners

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