A well traveled , balding, father of three, Paul holds a Bachelor of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta Business and is working on a Masters in Leadership focusing on cooperative decision making (trying to balance with fathering three great children and romancing his wife). He has worked and lived in Asia and South America (including a stint as an owner of a pan-Asian restaurant). Paul has assisted dozens of startup cooperatives and community owned businesses get off the ground, and is currently working on developing vehicles that will make it easier for Albertans to invest in locally owned businesses. Paul was awarded the Canadian National Award of Merit for Cooperative Development in 2011.
"I'm in this because I don't feel that we in Alberta have really owned up to climate change, that as one of the largest per capita contributors of carbon emissions in the world. I am not anti-oil. I would simply like Alberta to grow up, recognizing that while we can enjoy the benefits of having won the natural resource lottery, we should own up to the responsibility for its side effects. We are a rich province; we can afford to do much more to reduce our emissions. Being conscious about where we shift our power bills, something we do every month anyhow, is one way we can start to assume this responsibility."