Beyond the Ballot Calgary: An Expert Panel Discussion on Alberta’s Post-Election Landscape

May 30, 2023
Bankers Court, 850 2 St SW 15th Floor, Calgary, AB T2P 0R8


Leah Ward
VP Wellignton Advocacy

Leah brings two decades of experience in both the private and public sectors. Leah provides expert advice to leaders and organizations that hones in on core goals and drives outcomes. She is the former Director of Communications to Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP Caucus and served as a senior advisor to former Premier Rachel Notley during the NDP’s term in government. Leah has a master’s degree in political science from the University of Alberta and an honors degree in political science from Carleton University. She is also an occasional commentator. Her recent appearances include CBC’s Power and Politics, CBC Calgary’s political panel, CPAC, CTV National News, CBC’s Alberta at Noon, and the CBC podcast West of Centre.

Brad Tennant

Brad is a longtime political activist in Alberta serving as a senior advisor to provincial political parties. Brad has a long track record of navigating the Government of Alberta’s political and department levels to deliver unparalleled value for clients. Brad has also served as a professional fundraiser for political parties and political action committees in Alberta. Brad is an energy expert having worked with numerous energy companies in his time with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

Nick Koolsbergen

As the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Wellington Advocacy, Nick draws on his 15 years of political experience across Canada to advise the senior leadership of some of Canada’s largest companies and associations. Prior to Wellington, Nick directed issues management for the Prime Minister of Canada, served as Chief of Staff to the former Premiers of British Columbia and Alberta, and as a political party Campaign Director.


Courtney Burton
Partner, Dentons

Courtney Burton is a partner in Dentons’ Calgary office, where she practices in the Corporate/Commercial group and is the co-leader of the Energy department. She regularly advises clients on transactions and commercial matters, including asset share transactions and the provision of advice on governance matters. Courtney has extensive experience negotiating and drafting commercial and energy-related agreements as well as implementing corporate reorganizations. She advises a variety of public and private companies on derivatives matters, including negotiating physical and financial commodity trading transactions, providing advice on Canadian derivatives regulation and compliance matters, and assisting with cross-border energy derivatives compliance issues. Courtney also provides governance and commercial advice to clients in the not-for-profit sector.

Event Description

Alberta’s election outcome will have implications for businesses in Alberta and across Canada.

Join Welling Advocacy’s panel of experts as we discuss the implications of Alberta’s new government. 

Our experts will offer insights into the new government’s top priorities, like: 

  • How cabinet formation will affect you; and 
  • What topics and issues will dominate the new government’s first legislative session and how will that affect investment decisions, businesses, finance, and the labour force. 

Wellington Advocacy’s panel of experts will discuss these topics and more.  

Join us for a lively discussion followed by a networking reception. 

Limited number of seats available, please register below.

Lunch will be included.