Advocacy Leadership Academy 2021 – Speakers

Speaker - Maurice Fritze

Maurice Fritze, Education Consultant

Maurice Fritze, Education Consultant, is a professional development specialist who focuses on School Boards and Administration. He is a registered lobbyist with over 10 years service to school boards in lobbying and advocacy, in addition to teaching courses at the post-secondary level on effective government relations. 

As a previous consultant with the Public School Boards Association of Alberta, Maurice has over 10 years of experience serving school boards in services such as Board and Superintendent evaluations, facilitated retreats and planning sessions, planned media relations, organized communication projects, and coordinated government relations.  

Live music by Jay Gilday

Jay Gilday, Musician

Jay was born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, where he spent his youth. He is a member of the Dene Nation and attended the University of Alberta, where he spent much time as a busker.  

In 2017, he was a recipient of a Western Canadian Music Award for his album Faster than Light, being named Indigenous Artist of the Year. 

As a songwriter, Jay threads together the colours of his own ancestral traditions: Dene spirituals, Irish ballads, Canadian folk and rock. He was raised in a family of accomplished musicians on the tundra of Yellowknife, where his music electrifies its never-ending days and nights.

Speaker - Chad Rogers

Chad Rogers, Founding Partner, Crestview Strategy

Chad is a veteran campaigner, political strategist, and founding partner at Crestview Strategy. Chad helps leaders, companies and industry associations make their case and get things approved. He has been a public opinion researcher, senior advisor to a Premier, and has served as an advisor to political party and government leaders across the globe. 

The Hill Times magazine named Chad of the ‘Top 100 Lobbyists’ in Canada. A sought-after media commentator, he’s been a member of the ‘Power Panel’ on CBC Television’s Power & Politics. 

Speaker - Carman McNary

Carman McNary, Counsel, Dentons

Carman McNary serves as Counsel at Dentons’ Edmonton office, where his practice focuses primarily on taxation and corporate law. He has been immersed in Canada’s intricate taxation world for more than 35 years, earning a stellar reputation as one the country’s leading authorities on tax compliance and dispute resolution with government agencies, as well as on corporate tax strategies, structures and governance of tax risk. 

In addition, he is highly regarded as one of Edmonton’s top lawyers on corporate Board strategy, providing strategic counsel to a wide range of prestigious local, provincial and national Boards and organizations. He is a prominent member of the Board of numerous private corporations, authorities and not-for-profit organizations in Alberta.