Thana Boonlert

Born in Gatineau, Quebec, Thana spent his early years living in Ottawa where he was raised speaking French, English and Thai. He attended the University of Guelph, where he was actively involved in student politics and graduated with a Bachelors of Engineering Degree. 

Thana currently works in Calgary as an Environmental Engineer with a company that specializes in stormwater management and wetland designs. His role is strongly focused on engaging politicians and stakeholders on removing barriers to innovative technologies in Alberta. Thana earlier worked in environmental compliance and oil and gas air emissions analysis. 

Thana was a candidate in the Calgary Centre riding for the Green Party of Canada in the 2015 Federal general election. He also ran in the 2016 Calgary-Greenway Provincial by-election, representing the Green Party of Alberta. Furthermore, Thana is the Director of Sustainability for the Marda Loop Community Association, an Ambassador for the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association, and a Shadow Cabinet Member of the Green Party of Alberta. He volunteers frequently at the Calgary Drop-In Centre, and attends meetings and discussions throughout the city on homelessness, sustainability, energy, and other local initiatives. 

From a young age, Thana has been passionate about politics and the environment. Having been raised in an ethnic community, he understands that it is important to include all cultural and socio-economical groups when developing policy.  

In his spare time, Thana plays hockey, is an avid snowboarder, writes music, dabbles in photography, learns about anything space related, and is often in the mountains enjoying Mother Nature.