UCP Critic for Trade
Devin Dreeshen is a fifth-generation local farm owner, volunteer, and long-time conservative party activist.
He first got involved in politics volunteering locally at the provincial level and attending policy conferences in the mid nineties. He has worked closely with both provincial and federal conservative parties and has volunteered on many different local campaigns. In 2005, he attended the founding convention of the Conservative Party of Canada as a delegate from the Red Deer Riding supporting nationwide conservative unity. In 2016, he was proud to be a part of Jason Kenney’s united conservative vision for Alberta.
Devin attended school in Elnora and graduated from Innisfail Jr/Sr High School before studying economics and political science at the University of Alberta.
Playing football and hockey in Innisfail taught him the value of teamwork and leadership. These skills and experiences have aided him throughout his career. Working with a team to achieve a common goal is no different in football than in politics.
Devin farms near Pine Lake and has a long record of community service. He is a director of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, serves as a board member on the Crossroads Agricultural Society, and a volunteer at the Pine Lake Country Fair.
His background as a farmer led him to Ottawa where he was a policy advisor to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz from 2008 to 2015, advocating for Canadian agriculture trade, improved rural infrastructure support, and leading the effort to end the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly.
At thirty he started his own consulting business advising agricultural stakeholders on trade issues.