The Government of Alberta recently shuffled some key cabinet positions. Former Minister of Environment & Parks, Jason Nixon, is now Minister of Finance. The new Minister of Environment & Parks is Whitney Issik who was formerly Associate Minister, Status of Women.

Prior to serving with the Legislative Assembly, Issik owned and operated a small business in Calgary for close to 30 years. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Calgary, where she served as vice-president of finance for the students’ union.

Whitney Issik, Alberta’s new Minister of Environment & Parks.

Issik grew up, went to school, and raised her two sons in Calgary Glenmore. She’s married to Suli and they live blocks away from the site of her grandfather’s acreage on 24th street, where she rode horses as a child.

Studying economics and political science, Issik graduated from the University of Calgary. Fresh out of university, she started a retail business which she still co-owns. She worked in politics and government for over a decade, including working for the Legislative Assembly, followed by 10 years in corporate Calgary in the energy and telecom sectors.

Issik is an active volunteer who has served in many leadership roles building and rebuilding organizations. She served on the Minister’s Advisory Committee for Post Secondary Education and on the National Executive of the Federal Party as national policy co-chair.

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