Speaker Profiles

The Honourable Iris Evans

The Honourable Iris Evans

Minister of Finance and Enterprise

Province of Alberta

Iris Evans is Alberta’s Minister of Finance and Enterprise. She has been MLA for Sherwood Park since 1997 and has held several portfolios during her 11 years with government, including Municipal Affairs, Children’s Services, Health and Wellness and most recently Employment, Immigration and Industry.

Ms. Evans’ career to date comprises numerous highlights such as creating legislation to support children with disabilities and enhance child welfare, introducing a framework to improve health care policy and serving as the government’s lead international marketer and promoter of Alberta as a prime destination for immigration and investment.

Before she was elected as an MLA, Ms. Evans had a successful 18-year career in municipal politics and was reeve of Strathcona County, Alberta’s third-largest municipality. She graduated with distinction as valedictorian of the Holy Cross Hospital nursing class and instructed piano at the Regional Conservatory in Calgary.

Ms. Evans lives in Sherwood Park, where she is very active in the community. She serves as honorary volunteer chair for breast cancer research fundraising and provides support for the newly established Collective Kitchen in Strathcona County. Ms. Evans’ three sons, three daughters-in-law and five grandchildren are the joys of her life.

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