Evelyn Tanaka (she/her) is a second generation Canadian and environmental activist born and raised in Treaty 7 Mohkinstsis (Calgary, Alberta). As a child she wanted to be just like Jane Goodall because of her fascination with the biodiversity of the African savannah. Her love of nature translated into a BSc in Ecology (2003) and an MA in Anthropology/Primatology (2006) from the University of Calgary. She has also spent extended periods of time in five African countries – Madagascar, Kenya, Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Mali.
Evelyn is a leader in the environmental sector and helped transitioning auto workers and newcomers to Canada find work in the green economy. She worked in the renewable energy sector with rural communities all over Alberta. She is the candidate of record for the riding of Calgary Shepard and represented the Green Party of Canada in the 2019 federal election. She is also the current Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Alberta (appointed in April 2020).
Evelyn’s campaign slogan from her first election in 2019 was “Planting Seeds in Shepard”. She gave away native wildflower seed packages to residents in her riding so that she could incorporate Green values into her campaign. Evelyn is motivated to use her skills in project management and events management to build and connect the Green community in Alberta and to mentor the new generation of political activists.
On a community level Evelyn enjoys creating inviting spaces for neighbours to connect through her book club, music jam group, knitting club, neighbourhood potlucks, and annual camping trip. She lives in McKenzie Towne in an eco-friendly solar-powered house with her husband, their two sons, and dog Molly.
Evelyn in the News
Christmas gift project
Green Party of Alberta