Carl Svoboda

Green Party of Alberta candidate for Calgary-Varsity.
in 2015 Provincial Election (Alberta).





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Carl was born and raised in the United States, in the Seattle-Tacoma area, and attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, where he received a BSc in Chemical Engineering in 1965. He moved to Canada in 1970 and embarked on a 32-year career as an engineer and manager in the petroleum industry, including eleven years as chief engineer with Northstar Energy Corporation.

Carl became a Canadian citizen in 1975, and he and his wife Christine have lived in the Calgary- Varsity constituency ever since. They have two adult daughters and three grandchildren.

Following early retirement in 2002, Carl enrolled at the University of Calgary and earned a BSc (with distinction) in Archaeology, a subject in which he maintains a long-standing interest.

Carl has served on the boards of his church and community association, and is currently on the executive of Project Ploughshares Calgary. He is a published poet and is active in the local literary community, where he has served on the board of the Alexandra Writers’ Centre society. He has also volunteered with Uncles at Large and Calgary Reads. Other current volunteer commitments are with Hospice Calgary, the Calgary Climate Action Network, and the Green Party of Alberta, where he is involved in policy development. He was a candidate of the Evergreen Party in the 2012 provincial election.

Carl’s years in the business world have taught him to be a practical problem solver, working harmoniously with others, and compromising when necessary to achieve objectives. He recognizes that communities and individuals within Calgary-Varsity have local issues that will require action by Provincial authorities, and, if elected, he will work effectively to assist them.

Carl’s primary areas of interest are energy policy, particularly with respect to the transition to a green economy, and in dealing with the problem of climate change. A related interest is in the interface of spirituality and the environment. As important as it is to base the case for change on solid science, he is of the opinion that the recognition of our place in the interconnected web of existence has to take place in the heart as well as in the head.