Speaker Profiles

Danielle Smith

Danielle Smith

Leader of the Wildrose Official Opposition and MLA for Highwood

Danielle Smith was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Highwood on April 23, 2012. She was elected as leader of the Wildrose Party of Alberta on October 17, 2009.

She previously served on the Special Standing Committee on Members’ Services and the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future.

Prior to entering politics, Ms. Smith was the director of provincial affairs for Alberta with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, CFIB. She worked with all levels of government to represent the interests of CFIB’s 10,000 small-business members in Alberta.

Before joining CFIB, Ms. Smith had extensive experience in the media. She was an editorial writer and columnist at the Calgary Herald for six years. She served as host of Global Sunday, a national current affairs television talk show, and was also the host of two prograMs. on CKMX 1060 AM radio in Calgary, Health Frontiers and Standing Ground. She has made frequent guest appearances as a commentator on TV and radio.

Ms. Smith’s public policy experience began with an internship at the Fraser Institute. She was also elected as a trustee for the Calgary board of education and served as the director of the Alberta Property Rights Initiative and the Canadian Property Rights Research Institute.

Ms. Smith received a BA in English and a BA in economics from the University of Calgary. She married her husband, David Moretta in 2006 and is the proud stepmother of David’s son Jonathan. Danielle and David live in High River with their two dogs, Caine and Colt.

Danielle Smith was elected as the Leader of the Wildrose on
Oct 17, 2009, and is the Wildrose candidate for Highwood. Prior to her leadership victory, Danielle was the Director
of Provincial Affairs for Alberta with the Canadian Federation of Independent
Business. She worked with all levels of government to represent the interests
of CFIB’s 10,000 small business members in Alberta. Before joining CFIB, Danielle had extensive experience in
the media. She was an editorial writer and columnist at the Calgary Herald for
six years. She served as host of Global Sunday, a national current affairs
television talk show and was also the host of two programs on CKMX 1060 AM
radio in Calgary – Health Frontiers and Standing Ground. She has made frequent
guest appearances as a commentator on TV and radio. Danielle’s public policy experience began with an internship
at the Fraser Institute. She was also elected as a trustee for the Calgary
Board of Education and served as the director of the Alberta Property Rights
Initiative and the Canadian Property Rights Research Institute. Danielle received a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Economics
from the University of Calgary. Danielle and her husband David enjoy reading, travelling,
and taking in Alberta’s many sights and experiences.

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