EDMONTON, AB (February 21, 2019): United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney today announced that prominent Edmonton community leader Len Rhodes will be the Party’s candidate in Edmonton-Meadows.
“I am thrilled to welcome Len Rhodes to the United Conservative team as our candidate in Edmonton-Meadows,” said Kenney. “Len has an impressive track record as a chief executive officer of several major employers, most recently of the Edmonton Eskimos, capped off by his chairmanship of the successful 2018 Grey Cup Festival. He is one of Edmonton’s top business leaders, having just completed a successful term as Chair of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. That’s the kind of experience we need to help get Alberta back to work. We are thrilled that one of Edmonton's most prominent civic leaders has decided to join our new generation of leadership as a United Conservative candidate."
As a top fundraiser for causes like women’s shelters and prostate cancer research, Len has been a real leader in the Edmonton charitable community. He has championed a number of causes and received numerous awards for his philanthropic work including the Man of Honour Award in from the Centre To End All Sexual Exploitation for his involvement with Edmonton’s WIN House and his work with survivors of domestic violence, and the Alberta Family, Community Safety and Inspiration Award.
“I am proud to be a part of the United Conservative team as the Party’s candidate in Edmonton-Meadows,” said Rhodes. “In the time that I’ve been privileged to call Edmonton home, I have grown to love this community and its people, and it’s this love that has called me to public service. I am excited at the prospect of representing Edmontonians in the Alberta Legislature and doing what I can to make sure our city, and our province, remain among the best places in the world to live, work, do business, and raise a family.”
“I am pleased to welcome Len as our candidate in Edmonton-Meadows,” said Dave Purewal, Edmonton-Meadows Constituency Association President. “We are honoured to have someone with the level of leadership and business experience that Len has, step up to the plate and we look forward to doing everything we can to ensure he is elected as our constituency’s first MLA.”
The United Conservative Party has now nominated 82 of 87 candidates for the upcoming provincial election, with over 60,000 members voting in 61 contested nominations to date.
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Biography - Len Rhodes
Len Rhodes was born in Schefferville, Quebec and raised in Montreal where he graduated from Concordia University’s John Molson School of business with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in marketing.
Over the course of his career, Rhodes held senior management positions with iconic brands including Reebok-CCM Hockey, Molson Coors Brewing and Heinz before joining the Edmonton Eskimos organization as President and CEO - a position he held for seven years.
During his time with the Eskimos, Rhodes was dedicated to improving the organization’s game-day fan experience and enhancing the Eskimos presence in the community. He oversaw improvements to the team’s 50/50 program that increased funding for amateur football in North America - a program that distributed a record $845,000 in 2018 alone.
As a leader in the Edmonton community, Rhodes has worked with a variety of organizations, including serving as Chairman of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce in 2018. Rhodes has championed a number of causes and received numerous awards for his philanthropic work including the Man of Honour Award in from the Centre To End All Sexual Exploitation for his involvement with Edmonton’s WIN House and his work with survivors of domestic violence, and the Alberta Family, Community Safety and Inspiration Award. In 2015 he was named to Edmonton’s Power 30 by the Edmonton Journal and in 2016 was named to Alberta Venture Magazine’s 50 Most Influential People list.
Since coming to Edmonton, Rhodes has been a champion for the city and a steadfast community supporter. His love for Edmonton and its people is what inspired him to seek a seat in the Legislative Assembly under the United Conservative banner.