Ministry responsible: Justice and Solicitor General
We’ve appointed a Human Trafficking Task Force to provide recommendations on how to best implement our action plan to combat human trafficking.
The task force will:
- provide guidance and recommendations on supports for survivors.
- enhance collaboration among all stakeholders and organizations that work with survivors of human trafficking in order to prevent, protect and ensure their safety.
- engage experts to identify what actions are needed to bring transformational and sustainable change.
- provide recommendations to help government implement the nine-point action plan and lobby other levels of government to take coordinated action.
Paul Brandt, chair
Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame artist Paul Brandt is an internationally recognized and awarded humanitarian, philanthropist, musician and performer. He is the founder of #NotInMyCity, a movement that is raising awareness and taking collective action to prevent and end sexual exploitation and trafficking of children and youth. In 2019, he received the Slaight Humanitarian Award at the CCMA Awards for his outstanding humanitarian contributions to #NotInMyCity. Later that year, to recognize his dedication to ending human trafficking and child sexual exploitation, he was honoured with a Blackfoot name: Buffalo Bull Shield.
Throughout her political career, Heather Forsyth has served Albertans, including as the solicitor general and as the minister of Children’s Services. She launched the high risk offender website, established the first Amber Alert, which she took across the country, brought forward the Integrated Response to Organized Crime, and worked to pass several pieces of legislation to combat child pornography and protect youth involved in drug activity and prostitution.
Jan Fox is the executive director for REACH Edmonton, a not-for-profit organization created to make Edmonton a safer place to live and work. She is also a consultant with the Robcan Group, which provides training and development services to business, industry, government and communities. She previously served as a district director with the Government of Canada managing labour relations issues and as a warden at the Edmonton Institution for Women.
Edmonton chief of police Dale McFee has an extensive background in policing, including 26 years as an officer in Saskatchewan and six years as the deputy minister of corrections and policing for Saskatchewan. For four years, he co-chaired the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics and federal, provincial and territorial deputy ministers in partnership with Public Safety Canada, previously served as president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, and was a member of the Parkland Health Board for three years.
After a 27-year career with the RCMP in the Yukon, Douglas Reti went on to manage detachments in Indigenous communities throughout the north, as well as Alberta and Manitoba. He served as senior executive and director general of the RCMP Indigenous Relations Services and was responsible for the development of national policy and strategic direction of National Aboriginal Policing Services. Since his retirement from policing, he has worked in numerous consultative and collaborative roles with Indigenous communities, and is currently the director of security for Backwoods Energy, a company owned by the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation.
Patricia Vargas is a director at Catholic Social Services where she oversees facilities for high-risk youth, second stage shelter and housing. She is a board member of the Global Network of Women’s Shelters and has been the architect of bringing 11 countries together to develop a protocol to transfer victims of human trafficking from shelter to shelter internationally. She has participated in various task forces, think tanks and round tables nationally on the issue of human trafficking.
Siksika Health Services CEO Tyler White is an advocate both provincially and nationally on behalf of First Nations’ People. He was instrumental in bringing together Treaties 6, 7 and 8 in the formation of the Alberta Health Consortium in response to the Federal Action Plan on Jordan’s Principle, and was as a member of the Provincial Child Intervention Panel and the Provincial Mental Health Review.
- Task force to help protect some of Alberta’s most vulnerable (May 19, 2020)