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Natalie Odd emigrated with her family from England in 1977. Natalie grew up in Calgary, and now lives in Parkdale with her husband and two young sons. She graduated from the University of Calgary and received an M.A. in Environment and Management from Royal Roads University, Victoria, B.C. in 2003.
As Executive Director of Green Calgary, Natalie restored the nonprofit urban environmental organization from debt and near closure. With her colleagues and board, Natalie built Green Calgary into a thriving social enterprise with fifteen outstanding staff and award-winning programs that served 500 companies and thousands of Calgarians.
Natalie is now a Project Manager at Alberta Ecotrust, an environmental nonprofit organisation, established in Alberta in 1991 as a partnership between the corporate sector and the environmental sector, which funds environmental projects in the priority areas of water, land use, and climate change.
Natalie has long been a passionate advocate for the environment and human rights, including eighteen years as a volunteer for Amnesty International. She speaks French and Spanish, and has worked and volunteered in several countries in Europe and South America including a year in a developing rural community in Ecuador.
Natalie is an active volunteer in her community, coaching youth soccer, serving as registrar at her son’s preschool, and co-coordinating Support our Students Alberta, a network of parents advocating for sustainable, consistent and equitable provincial education funding that keeps pace with growth and needs in Alberta schools.
As a working mother and community volunteer with young children, Natalie understands the challenges faced by families as they balance work, childcare, and family life.
Natalie has been a member of the Green Party since she first ran as the Green Party Candidate in Calgary Centre in 2008. She was also a part of Chris Turner’s 2012 Calgary Centre by-election campaign team. She has served as the Alberta representative of the Green Party’s Federal Council, and has been active in candidate recruitment.
Natalie feels strongly that Canada would benefit from electing many more Green MPs. The Green Party has clear and consistent principles upon which it has based its comprehensive, scientifically-based, progressive, long-term vision for Canada. Climate Change is a demonstrated priority issue for the Green Party, and Greens believe that Canadians possess the ingenuity to strengthen our economy while defending our environment. The Green Party has been vocal in ensuring that international trade and investment agreements and federal legislation are in the best interests of Canadians.
For Natalie it is very important that the Green Party distinguishes itself by valuing respectful discourse in the House of Commons and working across party lines.
Natalie spends much of her time with her family outdoors. They enjoy camping, hiking, canoeing, biking and skiing. Natalie and her husband Michael play competitive soccer and have passed that enjoyment to their two sons.