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

Taleesha Thorogood  –  PAAC Alberta Chapter President
Senior Business Advisor, Fasken

Erika Barootes  –  Vice President
Enterprise Canada

Carmen Wyton –  Secretary/Treasurer
Ripple Enterprises

Michael Hogan  –  Communications Chair

Shayne Saskiw  –  Recruitment Chair
Alberta Counsel

Melissa Caouette  –  Events Chair
Canadian Strategy Group

Bronte Valk - Event Chair
Alberta Counsel

Members at Large

Chei-wei Chung

Peter Csillag
Enterprise Canada

George Hodgson
Insurance Brokers Association of Alberta

Carla Putnam Kerr

Patricia Pasemko
On Site Placement Alberta

Pascal Ruffel
Alberta Counsel

Jenelle Saskiw
Alberta Counsel

Corporate Partners

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