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Janet Keeping is leader of the Green Party of Alberta. Active engagement in politics is the natural extension of Janet’s long-term commitment to human-friendly and healthy environments, social justice and true democracy.
Born in Montreal, as a child Janet lived in Quebec, southern Ontario and the Boston area. She obtained a B. Sc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971. In 1973 she moved to Calgary, where she took her Master’s in philosophy and then a law degree at the University of Calgary. After articling with the law firm Bennett Jones, Janet co-founded and became the first Executive Director of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre.
From 1984 to 2006, Ms. Keeping did legal research and public legal education for the Canadian Institute of Resources Law at the University of Calgary. In that position she worked on human rights, environmental protection and accommodation of Aboriginal interests in the context of oil and gas development. She was the Institute’s Director of Russian programs from 1994 to 2006, travelling widely in Russia to organize professional development seminars on energy regulation and policy. During that time, she was named Honorary Professor, Faculty of Law, Tyumen State University, Tyumen, Russia, and awarded the Medal of Service by the Academic Council of Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Russia.
From 2006-2012 Janet served as President of the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership. For the following year, Janet was the Foundation’s Rule of Law Fellow.
Janet has received a number of Alberta-based awards. These include the 2008 Calgary Freedom to Read Week’s “Freedom of Expression Award”, the 2009 “Alberta Civil Liberties Award” and in 2013 Janet was a recipient of “The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal” for her work on advancement of human rights.
Janet ran in the 2012 provincial election for the EverGreen Party which has been re-named the Green Party of Alberta.
Janet lives in the Hillhurst community of Calgary where she and her husband raised three children.