Speaker Mr. Brian Mason: "Earning Your Community's Trust"
Everyone welcome to attend at no charge.
An experienced policy entrepreneur, Brian Mason has cultivated a grass roots approach for understanding current and emerging challenges at the community level in Alberta. Round table discussions and forums have offered insight into emerging challenges which communities face in meeting everyday life. Transforming these grass roots concerns into policy initiatives from which a stronger community can emerge is a bridge linking the ordinary person with the mechanisms of government. Hear his insights on the importance which different policy approaches can play in support of community through such themes as health care, jobs, and education.
“We’re excited to talk with Albertans about sensible solutions that can ensure all Albertans enjoy a prosperous future,” says Mason.
“Well educated and trained Albertans benefit our economy and our communities,” Mason said. “We support the efforts of … [the] town council to bring post-secondary education to their community. This kind of investment strengthens communities…”
Mr. Mason is a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and sits on a number of committees including the Public Accounts Committee, the Special Standing Committee on Members Services and the Standing Committee on Resources and Environment. Before becoming a Member of the Legislative Assembly in 2000, he served as city of Edmonton councillor for Ward 3. He was first elected in October 1989 and won three subsequent civic elections. As a member of city council for 11 years Mason gained a reputation as a tough and effective voice for his constituents. During this time he chaired the Non-profit Housing Board and served on the Taxi Commission, Library Board and Northlands Board.
Mason learned his craft while studying political science at the University of Alberta. He served as executive director of the Federation of Alberta Students from 1977-79, and upon leaving university he began working as bus driver with the Edmonton Transit System before becoming a councillor in Edmonton. From these roots close to the community he has not strayed.
Mr. Mason lives in Edmonton Highlands-Norwood with his wife, Karin, and their two sons, Peter and Alex.