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Alberta & Europe Trade Luncheon
Fri, 28 April 2017, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM MDT
Join us for an informative lunch discussion about trade between Alberta and Europe. Topic highlights will include trade agreements, future of trade, and the importance of Alberta’s trade relationship with Europe.
- Hon. Sarah Hoffman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health
- Werner Wnendt, Ambassador, Germany to Canada
Hon. Sarah Hoffman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health
Sarah Hoffman was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Edmonton-Glenora on May 5, 2015. She was appointed to serve as Minister of Health and Minister of Seniors on May 24, 2015, and on February 2, 2016, Ms. Hoffman was named Deputy Premier, while continuing to serve as Minister of Health. Ms. Hoffman holds a master of education (educational policy studies) and a bachelor of education (secondary math) from the University of Alberta. She also has a bachelor of science (math) and a bachelor of arts (religion) from Concordia University College of Alberta.
Ms. Hoffman worked as a researcher prior to becoming a trustee for the Edmonton public school board. During her first term as a school trustee, from 2010 to 2012, she served as vice-chair and was then acclaimed as board chair in 2012, 2013 and 2014. An active community member, Ms. Hoffman has volunteered her time and skills to numerous organizations over the years, including the Alberta Association for Multicultural Education and the Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association.
Werner Wnendt, Ambassador, Germany to Canada
Werner Wnendt was appointed Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Canada in September 2012. Prior to assuming his present position, he served as Assistant Deputy Minister for Culture and Communication at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. From 2005 until 2007, Mr. Wnendt was Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, having previously completed an assignment as Senior Deputy High Representative of the International Community to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2003 to 2005. Between 2000 and 2003, Mr. Wnendt served as a foreign adviser to Germany's Federal President. From 1998, he was Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy to the Czech Republic. Before that, he had been Chef de Cabinet to the Minister of State for European Integration in Germany's Federal Government from 1995. Mr. Wnendt joined the German Foreign Service in 1980. He also held positions in missions to the European Union in Brussels, to the U.S., Pakistan and Kenya. Mr. Wnendt studied geosciences and law and has a master's degree in geology. Before joining the Foreign Service, he worked from 1976 until 1978 for the German Development Agency in Myanmar. He is married and has five children.