Rick Peterson is joined by an energetic team of volunteers to run his campaign. Here are some of the profiles of key team members. If you would like to contact a specific team member, simply write their full name in the Subject Line of an email and it will get routed. Keep scrolling to see some photos of our volunteer team hard at work. If you would like to join our team, sign up to volunteer!
Payman Parseyan is Rick's campaign manager. He's a former law enforcement officer, restaurateur, and currently a project manager. He's also been involved in politics within the city of Edmonton and Alberta's government.
When he's not working or campaigning, Payman is either coaching boxing, involved with the city's multicultural communities, or out of town being an amateur astronomer.
Michael Stuart is Co-Chair of Rick’s campaign. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from the University of Alberta, in addition to a Chartered Professional Accountant designation. With a background in Canadian domestic tax, Michael is currently pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at the U of A to complement his existing skills and experience.
Beyond work and the classroom, Michael previously served as Chief Financial Officer for PC Alberta’s Edmonton-Centre Constituency Association, and presently sits as a member of the Board of Directors for an Edmonton-based arts organization. In his free time, he can typically be found on the golf course or exploring all that Alberta's mountains and Canada's west coast have to offer.
Kathleen Brayford is Co-Chair of Rick’s campaign. Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences. Kathleen has previously worked in energy infrastructure for a large multinational as well as in Alberta's vibrant Agriculture sector.
Kathleen has previously served in various political posts. In her spare time, Kathleen loves to ski, golf and play tennis as well as spend time with her husband and two cats. Kathleen is honoured to be working with such a talented team with extensive experience in the private sector.
David Clement, a former policy advisor to Peterson’s 2020 Conservative leadership bid, will be joining Peterson’s Edmonton Strathcona campaign as Senior Policy Advisor.
Based in Oakville Ontario, Mr. Clement holds a BA in Political Science and a MA in International Relations from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he served as the Research Assistant to the Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights. David regularly covers consumer regulations for national publications such as the National Post, Globe and Mail, and Toronto Star.
He has been invited to provide expert testimony in front of Ontario’s Standing Committee on Social Policy, BC’s Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, the Canadian Senate’s Committee on National Finance and is a stakeholder on the Canadian Free Trade Agreement’s Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table.
Ethan Dorward is our Volunteer Coordinator. You will likely get to know him well if you sign up to volunteer for the campaign.
Ethan is a world traveler, UofA graduate, and bunny dad to Lavender. He has a keen interest in both politics and philosophy, especially as they relate to leadership.
He has had the privilege of working with three political campaigns, and the offices of MLA Jackie Lovely and MP James Cumming. He also volunteers with Boyle St., Edmonton Foodbank, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton.
He's hopeful that he can continue to grow in and contribute to the amazing Edmonton community!
We have a large and diverse team assisting with Rick's outreach efforts. Here are some photos of their efforts. Click to see a larger photo.