2021 Leadership Race
Do you have what it takes to be the next Wildrose Independence Party Leader? If so, it’s time to get ready, since the application process to participate in this summer’s Leadership Contest begins on April 2nd and continues through May 14th.
Importantly, if you’re currently a member of a WIPA Constituency Association Board of Directors wanting to run in the Leadership Contest, you need to take a temporary (unless you win!) leave of absence from your CA Board by the end of the day on March 31st. You also need to read through the Leadership Contest Rules to make sure you meet the requirements to participate. We have also included key dates for the contest below.
|Nominations||April 2, 2021||May 14, 2021, 5 pm.||n/a|
|Vetting||April 2, 2021||May 31, 2021||2months|
|Announce Candidates||June 4, 2021||–||1 Day|
|Campaign||June 5, 2021||August 27, 2021||3 months|
|Election||August 28, 2021||–||1 Day|
There is a $250 non-refundable fee to get an Leadership Application Packet (See below) which will be counted toward your leadership entry fee should you make it through the initial vetting interview.
All Leadership Candidates must also raise $20,000 for the entry fee, submit a refundable $10,000 good performance bond and secure at least 100 membership signatures: with at least 10 coming from each of the 5 regions of Alberta (South, Calgary, Central, Edmonton and North).
Additional questions about the Contest can be directed to the Leadership Selection Committee by emailing us at email@example.com.
Good luck to all the Leadership Candidates, and we look forward to a great Contest. By the end of 2021, the Wildrose Independence Party will be the Party of choice for those willing and ready to fight for the future of Alberta.
Chair, Leadership Selection Committee
My name is Rick Northey and I am the current President of the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta. I was born in Peterborough Ontario but have lived half my life in Alberta. I have experienced the both the boom times and the financial hardships that can follow.
My political involvement started at the University of Windsor when I joined the Reform party. In hindsight, I suppose, it only made sense to move to Calgary.
I was active for several years as a volunteer with the old Wildrose party. I have worked on many election campaigns filling almost every possible position at one time or another. I have also been the President of Wildrose and UCP constituency associations so I know the hard and unglamorous work that goes on behind the scenes of political parties.
During this last year, I was the Chair of the Committee which wrote our current interim Constitution and I helped negotiate the last phase of the FCP/Wexit merger. I have tried to adapt and learn from the mistakes of both Wildrose and the UCP, developing policies and procedures based on past successes and failures. Several months of work is now being submitted for Member’s approval to be the broad framework of the next phase of Wildrose.
I recently published an article where I argued the necessity of Alberta Independence. I signed my name to it and have already been denounced by some old friends as a traitor to their idea of Canada. To this, I can only say, change never happens without conflict and the idea of change always scares some but what we have now is unacceptable.
I am committed to making change happen and I think my experience and knowledge will help us build a party which can win an election while staying true to our principles. If we have principle without power, we are merely a debate club. If we have power without principle, we are Jason Kenney. And if our principles are misguided, then we are the NDP. So, it’s important we get this right.
Bio coming soon
A native of Camrose, Alberta, Dr. Modry received his B.Sc. and M. D. Degrees from the University of Alberta, and his MSc. Degree and training in General Surgery and Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at McGill university with separate certifications for each by examination from Quebec, Canada and United States Licensing authorities. Following 3 more years of training in transplantation immunology, heart and lung transplantation and high-risk cardiovascular surgery at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Modry joined the medical staff at the University of Alberta in March 1984. In his position as Clinical Associate Professor in the Divisions of Cardiovascular Surgery and Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Modry served as the Director of both the Heart and Lung Transplantation Program and Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit from May 1984 until January 2007. And after 30 years of practice Dr. Modry retired Dec 31, 2015.
Dr. Modry implemented Western Canada’s first heart and lung transplantation program, and performed the first heart transplant in July 1985, the first combined transplant of the heart with both lungs in August 1986, the first single lung transplant in December 1989 and the first double lung transplant in November 1990. The success of the heart and lung transplant program, which grew to be the largest and most successful in Canada and one of the largest programs in North America, set the stage for the implementation of the very successful liver transplantation program, which facilitated the subsequent development of the renowned islet cell transplantation program.
Dr. Modry was awarded numerous awards starting with a Molson Hockey Scholarship to attend the University of Alberta in 1967. Subsequently, he received several travelling fellowships, the Vanier Award for the Outstanding Young Canadian in 1985; the ’Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada in recognition of significant contributions to compatriots, community and to Canada’ in January 1993; and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for the Province of Alberta ‘in recognition of significant contributions to their fellow citizens, their community, and to Canada’ in February 2003. In 2001 Dr. Modry was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. And in September 2005 Dr. Modry received ‘The Alberta Centennial Medal’, in recognition of outstanding service to the people and the Province of Alberta.
While in practice, Dr. Modry served on numerous hospital committees and successive Alberta Conservative Government’s Finance Committees. He has also been a Director of several public companies, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. From 1984 until his retirement in December 2015, Dr. Modry also served as the President of the Alberta Medical Association Section of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Modry’s academic interests pertained to outcome measures of various therapeutic strategies in heart and lung transplantation and cardiac surgery aimed at eliminating morbidity and mortality.
Dr. Modry’s conservative political interests began in high school but were sharpened by the National Energy Policy and the cost inefficiency of the Canadian Health Care System. Notwithstanding his involvement with the Provincial Government Finance Committee during the reigns of Premiers’ Lougheed, Getty, Kline and Stelmach, Dr. Modry embarked on a mission to assist the provincial government in dealing with the dysfunctional relationship between Alberta with Ottawa. In 2003, in preparation for Alberta’s Centennial in 2005, Dr. Modry prepared a treatise for Premier Kline and Caucus entitled “Alberta at the Crossroads; Status Quo, Re-Federation, Autonomy”, contributed by constitutional lawyers, numerous prominent businesspeople, academics and senior politicians. The document clearly articulated both the irritants imposed on Alberta by Ottawa, not the least of which was and still is the economic pillaging, but also detailed the only algorithm to solve the problem of Alberta’s colonial subservience to Ottawa within Confederation and under the Canadian Constitution.
After 115 years in which no Alberta Provincial Government or Canadian Federal Government ever protected Alberta’s interests or future prosperity, Dr. Modry concluded that the only logical path forward for Alberta was freedom from the tyranny and oppression of Alberta’s interests by Ottawa. Presently, Dr. Modry serves as the VP of Policy and Governance for the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta.
- Parliamentary Assistant for Bob Mills, Reform MP for Red Deer
- Reform Party Foreign Affairs Researcher, Parliament Hill
- Reform Party Parliamentary Defence Committee Researcher
- Board of Directors for People’s Party of Canada
- Co-wrote multiple PPC policies for 2019 election campaign
- PPC Candidate for Red Deer Mountain View, lives in Didsbury
- Was in top 3 PPC vote-getters in Canada for the 2019 federal election
- Wrote 3 Private Members Bills for 2019 federal election (Property Protection Act, Rural Protection Act and Protection of Preborn Children Act)
- Board of Directors for People’s Party of Alberta
- Board of Directors for Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta
- Member of Wildrose Communications Committee
- Member of Wildrose Policy and Governance Committee
Born and raised in Northern Alberta, I have never lived anywhere but Alberta. This is home and I would not have it any other way.
Today, we find ourselves in a politically motivated and induced recession/depression through no fault of our own. Our government structure has grown to become such a behemoth, all sense of reality has been lost in the halls of the Legislature. While politicians and bureaucrats enjoy job security, many Albertans have been forced to hand in the keys to everything they worked for. As it stands, there is no end in sight. This is not right and it is time to do things differently.
Change can be uncomfortable, even scary, but that does not mean we do nothing. We are Albertans. Doing nothing is not an option. It never has been. We work hard to get the job done and aren’t afraid to take calculated risks along the way. As a small business owner, I appreciate the tenacity and critical thinking needed when taking on new ventures. Seeing the big picture and how the pieces of the puzzle will fit together is paramount. I also appreciate it takes the right people with the right skill sets in the right positions to get the job done.
The Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta is all about doing politics differently. Having never been involved in politics before, it is very liberating to come into this absent of previous ideologies. However, what I do understand and know very well is the political structure, as it is designed today, serves no benefit to regular Albertans like you and I. The time to change that is long past due. Let’s work together and make it happen.
Applicable Experience (2019 to Current):
• WIPA Regional Director for the Central Region
• Chair, CA Development Committee
• Interim Party Secretary
• Member of the Policy and Governance Committee
• Board of Governors – Freedom Conservative Party; assisted the negotiations with WEXIT and participated in the formation of the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta.
• Freedom – Minimal decentralized government
• Community – Family, friends and neighbours
• Putting Alberta first – Local control of local issues
I live with my wife, four kids and small flock of chickens on a piece of land east of Ardrossan. I am a Professional Biologist and Planner who has worked in support of Alberta industry across the province, from Bindloss to Fort Chipewyan to La Crete and Peace River. Currently I manage the environmental scope on a federally regulated project with 15 construction sites from Edmonton to Hope BC.
I have been active with the movement to put Alberta first since the last election when I ran to be an MLA under the Freedom Conservative banner. Since then I have worked hard for the party as the FCP Shadow Critic for Environment and Agriculture and an elected member of the Board of Governors. I supported the merger of the FCP with Wexit and supported the fledgling party on the Strategic Planning and the Policy & Governance committees. Since the formation of the Wildrose Independence Party my activity has been focused primarily on setting up CAs, not only as Director for the Central Region but also assisting the other Directors as the chair for the party’s CA Development committee.
I will continue to set up CAs and will support the next steps—coordinating policy suggestions from the CAs and strategic planning to put a member from each CA into the legislature.
President – Firearms Institute for Rational Education
2015 – 2021
Member of Parliament for Calgary West
- Jun 1997 – Oct 2015
- Director of Canadians Against Forced Unionism
National Citizens CoalitionDates Employed
1994 – 1996
- Advocate for voluntary unionism
University of Calgary
Bachelor of ArtsField Of Study
Dates attended or expected graduation
1990 – 1994
Reform Party Students Society, University of Calgary Debating Society, Model Parliament
-born and raised Albertan, living in Winfield
-Executive Director FIRE Firearms Institute for Rational Education
-Co-founder of Concerned Gun Owners of Canada
-have been studying and writing articles on firearms law for almost 10 years,
– was a firearms and hunter training instructor for almost 15 years
-sat on the original board of directors for the first Wildrose party.
– have written or influenced gun policy for 5 provincial political parties, including the Wildrose Party, the Freedom Conservative Party, as well as the United Conservative Party of Alberta.
– Is the architect responsible for the UCP movement to install Alberta’s own provincial Chief Firearms Officer, and Saskatchewan’s provincial CFO as well.
-have worked with Libertarian Party of Canada, co-wrote the firearms policy for the Peoples Party of Canada, and wrote the gun policy for Wexit Sask, Wexit Canada, and the Wildrose Independence Party.
-Is a member of the committee that developed the Wildrose Independence Party’s proposed policy document
-Currently a board member with the Wildrose Independence Party, and part of several committees within the party.
Hello my name is Nadine Wellwood and it has been a pleasure to serve on the Board for the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta. I purposefully got actively involved politically in 2019 when I ran as the Candidate for the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) for the riding of Banff-Airdrie.
The current state of affairs of our political parties is something to be desired and there is a true need for reform that needs to take place. Career politicians are serving their own interests above those of the constituents that they are there to serve. Politicians today have lost touch with the needs of the people they are supposed to serve and the real purpose of Government.
Alberta finds itself in a very unique situation, one that is very different from many of the other Provinces in Canada, one that will require strong leadership and people with courage to stand up and fairly voice our needs and concerns. It will require motivated individuals who can present creative ideas, think critically and present real solutions to the many challenges we face.
I am a strong advocate of freedom of speech as it is the foundation of a free and fair society. The need for ideas to be honestly and openly debated and discussed in the hopes that the best solutions are acted upon is especially critical today.
The majority of my working career has been from the perspective of a small business owner and entrepreneur. I have owned an Independent Investment Firm, An Aerospace & Defence Company that focused on a Modelling & Simulation and Human Factors Engineering, I have worked for the Dept of National Defence in Recreation & Administration, and worked as an Alternative Health Professional.
I hold a University Degree, Bachelor of Science – Kinesiology, An Alternative Health Diploma, I hold the designation of Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) and Qualified Associate Financial Planner (QAFP). I am a mother, a wife, and an avid reader who loves non-fiction topics related to economics, health and history. I love animals and the outdoors. I grew up hunting and fishing with my dad, playing in the garden, and spent much time riding snowmobiles and motorcycles.
I believe Alberta can truly be a model for the rest of the world. This Province has great talent and an abundance of natural resources, we simply need a strong Government that can make the most of the opportunities that lie before us. I want nothing more than to see Alberta and the wonderful people that live here become the most prosperous and most free people in the world.
My primary motivation for remaining involved has been and continues to be my 9 year old daughter. My daughter and her friends – you, your children and grandchildren deserve to grow up in a Province that is free and prosperous – a Province that gives every one of its residents an opportunity to pursue their dreams.
I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and have lived in Alberta my whole life. I lived in the Ottewell area of Edmonton and attended grade school and Junior High school in that area. I subsequently attended Bonnie Doon High School from 1973-1975 graduating with honours. In fall of 1975, I began my journey through postsecondary education at the University of Alberta, earning a BSc. Degree in 1978 as well as a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1981. Upon graduating from Dental School at the U of A, I established a private practice of dentistry in Lloydminster, Alberta and practiced there for 10 years before moving back to Edmonton and establishing a private practice of dentistry in the Millwoods area of Edmonton. I practiced there until June of 2017, being in practice for over 36 years. During that time, I was involved in organized dentistry on a local, provincial and national level, including serving in a teaching capacity as a clinical instructor and associate clinical professor at the U of Alberta School of Dentistry for over 15 years. I also served on the North East District Dental Society Mediation committee and continue to be a member of the Alberta Dental Association and College and the Canadian Dental Association. I have served on various committees in both organizations and have been involved in the National Dental Examining Board of Canada for over 25 years.
Over the years, I have had many interests outside of my professional interests as well. I am an avid sports fan (Oiler Season Seat holder for 42 years) and have followed and participated in many sports over the years. I am an avid reader, consider gardening, travel, movies, automobiles and politics among my many hobbies. Over most of my adult life, I have made an effort to be keenly aware of political developments around the world, but most especially in Canada with particular focus on Alberta. I have two married daughters along with a son with a significant other in his life. I also have three grandchildren three years of age or younger. I am married to Toni Janke, my greatest source of support and wisdom.
Because of my family, I realized that it was time to become involved in a meaningful way in the political process and to try to help out in any way, in order to make a difference in the lives not only of my family, but in the lives of all Albertans. I believe that not only the only way forward, but the best way forward, is for Alberta to plot its own course, be in control of its own destiny. The time is over for Alberta to exist under the crushing weight of federalism, where, in 1905, in the House of Commons of Canada, it was officially established, that western Canada, in particular Alberta, would be a “drawer of water and a hewer of wood” to serve at the pleasure of Central Canada. Sadly, that remains as true today as it was then, over 100 years ago.
Finally, I truly believe that Alberta can be better off as a sovereign nation. We are blessed with an abundance of riches that all other regions of the world can only dream of. We have some of the hardest working, self-reliant, creative, and entrepreneurial people anywhere. Our population is the youngest and best educated in Canada. We have some of the best agricultural land farmed by some of the hardest working and most productive farmers anywhere in the world. We have a vibrant tourism industry, a very viable forestry industry, a significant mining industry, one of the largest petrochemical industries in the world, as well as an increasingly relevant IT industry. And yes, we have the most ethical, environmentally responsible and successful oil and gas industry sitting on the worlds third largest reserve of oil and natural gas on planet earth. With this abundance of riches, we just need to allow Albertans to live in freedom to develop further these industries, free from the heavy yoke of federalism and the demands of supporting this vast country of Canada while receiving nothing in return that we haven’t first contributed to the confederation. I believe that Albertan just want to live in freedom and provide for their families and are willing to do so without asking for help from anyone, if only they are given a fair opportunity.
Many will say this course of action is too risky…that it can’t be done. I choose to say we CAN do this and we MUST. The risk lies not in independence, but rather in the status quo. We can do this together.
Hi my name is Paul Gullackson. I have lived in Cold Lake, Alberta for over 65 years. I was in business as a building contractor, building supply and plumbing and heating shop owner for 26 years. Having employed many people over that time I look at politics with a business mind and I don’t like what I see. When you run a business poorly it fails but when politicians, most of whom have no business experience, run the government poorly they usually get promoted or blame someone else for their mistakes. Federal, provincial and municipal governments are nothing more than large businesses and should be run as such. Especially when you are spending other peoples’ money
In 1995 I sold out (I needed a change) and became a home inspector, a good fit. At that time the industry was new in Alberta. I soon became President of the Alberta chapter of CAHPI (Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors) consisting of approximately 250 inspectors. The industry was unregulated and chaotic. I worked with the Alberta Government for 5 years drafting regulation for this new industry. 36 all day meetings with Service Alberta at the Commerce Building in Edmonton finally culminated in legislation to protect home buyers. I got a real taste of Alberta politics in those 5 years. I worked with 5 different ministers and many bureaucrats and it was one of the most interesting times of my life and I enjoyed it immensely.
Throughout my career I have also :
- taught house building for Lakeland College in Cold Lake for individuals wanting to be their own contractor.
- Created course material and taught Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake maintenance department general construction and defect recognition
- Called as an expert witness in court cases dealing with construction lawsuits
- Was employed as a mediator several times to mediate disputes between contractors and their clients wanting to sue each other. These were settled out of court through my mediation
- Sat on the Alberta Building Code board of Directors representing the Alberta Home Inspection Industry
- I was invited to represent Alberta in Ottawa for a 5 day conference of reviewing the national building code. The building code is reviewed every 5 years.
I am now 70 years old and semi-retired. I love the province of Alberta and its people. I have 2 boys and a girl and many grandchildren and I am very concerned about their future given the economic rape of our province by Ottawa and Quebec. God willing I have 15 good years left in me and I will work hard to turn Alberta into what it should be – an economic powerhouse – if run by Albertans. An independent Alberta is our only answer.
My name is Zuzana Janosova̶̶̶̶–den Boer. I know firsthand the price of freedom, because I was born and raised in Czechoslovakia, during the communist regime that lasted 4 decades, from 1948 to 1989. When I moved to Canada 23 years ago, I never expected to deal again with socialism or politics. Well, here we are, and here I am — now I’m dealing with both. For me, in many ways, this is déja vu.
Everything changed in May 2015, when the NDP won the provincial election and formed government. My awareness rose when, for the first time in Alberta, I started to hear again words and phrases used by the communists in Czechoslovakia in their propaganda. One again, I witnessed communist tactics to subvert society. I instantly realized that we are in a psychological war, in which the public is being systematically brainwashed by government and a complicit mainstream media, who distort reality with each drop of their poisonous lies — saturation propaganda, at full speed.
My husband suggested I write an article on propaganda and KGB methods for communist takeover. I did lots of research, had to go back in my memory to a time when the communist party of Czechoslovakia was still ruling our country. Some memories were painful. It took me 18 months to complete my essay, but on January 3rd 2019, it was published online by Spencer Fernando: “I survived communism- Are you ready for your turn?”
During the summer of 2019, I was invited to participate in the Wexit movement. I thus had the opportunity to make speeches during rallies in Red Deer, Edmonton and Calgary, to help raise awareness by explaining to Albertans what is happening to our province. Some people ask me when I became a separatist. It happened on October 21st, 2019 around 9.pm, when I saw the result of the federal election. I realized then that socialists have achieved critical mass in Eastern Canada, that our province is under economic attack from other provinces, and that our wealth, freedom, and fundamental values are being stolen.
My political journey began in February 2020. I left Wexit and was accepted by the board of directors of the new Freedom Conservative Party. When FCP and Wexit merged to form the Wildrose Independence Party, I joined the communication and social media committee, participating in discussions, reviews of our policies, bylaws, drafting mission statements, vision statements, everything needed to create a new political party. At the end of October 2020, I resigned from the communication and social media committee in order to help establish Constituency Associations (CA’s) in Calgary, accepting the position of Regional Director for Calgary.
During my meetings, I have met many wonderful people: Albertans, who are struggling to find a job or pay their bills. We have had many discussions on different topics, but one concern was very common: Are we losing our freedom? Yes, unfortunately we are. I’m absolutely certain that Canada is marching toward a totalitarian state. We have only 2 choices: to allow ourselves to be sucked into the black hole of communism, to become imprisoned and enslaved, or not. Albertans have repeatedly demonstrated their generosity and patriotism to Canada, but our sacrifices have been neither reciprocated nor even recognized. When we needed help, we received only spite, contempt and mockery in return. It’s time for Albertans to stand for themselves, to put our families and province first.
I want to focus on building a strong membership foundation in Calgary. I hope I will have the opportunity to meet many of you in the coming weeks and months.
Shane Walper is a proud, born and raised Albertan who has lived in many parts of the province, planting his roots in Red Deer where he raised his family of two boys for the last 15 years. He spent most of his career in Oil and Gas industry with exposure to various other economic engines in Alberta, with a blessing of life long learning centred around hard work and Leadership.
Shanes heart is for the people, he has an innate ability to connect with people. Having worked his way from the rig floor in Drayton Valley to successfully starting and building one of the largest private Drilling Contractors in North America, he was always about the people and the families behind them. A distinguished visionary with 25+ years founding and building successful businesses even in challenging and volatile economies. Shane is an accomplished speaker on industry and leadership principles. He is recognized as a passionate leader with excellent communication skills and a long track record of successful leadership development with proven ability to inspire vision, passion and excellence, with demonstrated integrity, to leaders at all levels of an organization. With extensive knowledge in organizational effectiveness and operational excellence where clear objectives, expectations and results are achieved through effective communication, teamwork, trust and respect.
Shane is an Alberta Fast Growth 50 award recipient and was recognized by Alberta Venture as most likely to be awarded the Business Person of the Year 2027. He holds a QuantumShift fellowship position as one of Canadas’ top entrepreneurs, Ivey School of Business Academy. Shane coaches’ leaders of tomorrow through previous involvement at the Donald School of Business as an Entrepreneur in Residence and Advisory Board Member and is involved in various charitable organizations and events in support of community in Central Alberta.
As a successful, experienced business leader and champion of Alberta’s resources industry internationally with more than 25 years of experience delivering superior performance across the sector, Shane possess the knowledge, experience, passion and personality that will allow him to represent and lead with integrity and deliver long term freedom and prosperity to Alberta with the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta.
Hello WIPA members. My name is Mitch Visser
I was born in Rimbey and grew up in Red Deer. I graduated from York University with a degree in Political Science and am currently working as an Administrator at the MD of Smoky River No.130 in Falher, AB I am also keeping busy by completing a certificate in Local Authority Administration (UofA) and a certificate in Agronomy (Olds College) with the intention of working more directly with agricultural services.
I am a strong advocate for an independent Alberta and believe that it can be accomplished through the mandate of the WIPA. During my studies I became interested in the history of prairie populist movements in the United States and Western Canada. looking at our history, there is a clear legacy of exploitation at the hands of the federal government; The current frustrations experienced by Albertans are not an anomaly in the otherwise rosy relations between Edmonton and Ottawa – they are a result of the historical and systemic apathy towards the wellbeing of western Canadians. Alberta has a legacy of unexpectedly electing upstart political parties who offer radical change. Now more than ever the WIPA has an opportunity of delivering this meaningful change to Albertans.
As a result of working for the municipality, I have experience writing policy and bylaws and participating in the operation of various local boards and committees. As a member of a rural agricultural community, I also have an understanding of what rural Albertans expect from their elected leaders and political parties.
In my free time I enjoy being outdoors camping, hunting and fishing. I also enjoy playing music and reading about history and politics.