Janis Irwin was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as the representative for Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood on April 16, 2019. Janis serves as the Official Opposition Deputy Whip and the Critic for Status of Women and LGBTQ2S+ Issues.
Prior to serving as an MLA, Janis worked in rural Alberta as a high school teacher in Bawlf and as a vice-principal in Forestburg. She then moved to Edmonton and made it her home, working for Alberta Education as the Senior Manager, Social Studies, and then as the Executive Director for High School Curriculum.
Janis holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Alberta, a master’s degree in education from the University of Calgary, and completed her PhD coursework at the University of Alberta. Over the years she has served as a board member for several nonprofit associations, and has volunteered with many community organizations. Janis loves getting outside, biking, running, and exploring Edmonton’s beautiful river valley.