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

Erika Barootes  –  Vice President
Enterprise Canada

Carmen Wyton –  Secretary/Treasurer
Ripple Enterprises

Pascal Ryffel  –  Membership Chair
Alberta Counsel

Bronte Valk - Event Chair North
Council of Canadian Innovators

Kelly McTaggart - Event Chair South
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

Members at Large

Jacqueline Alderton
Alberta Counsel 

Gabriela Gonzalez
Argyle Public Relations

Jeff Henwood
Alberta Urban Municipalities Association 

Zachary Olsen
University of Alberta 

Colleen Potter
Canadian Strategy Group  

Shannon Sereda
Alberta Barley Commission and Alberta Wheat Commission  

Che-Wei Chung

Peter Csillag
Wellington Advocacy

Jenelle Saskiw
Railway Association of Canada

Corporate Partners

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