Stephanie Hoeppner has lived in Calgary since she was 3 years old. She went to school here all through grade school and University. Married to a metallurgical engineering inspector, they have two children, 14 and 11, both boys. Both of their children have special needs, the youngest having ASD.
Stephanie has worked for over 25 years in the environmental laboratory and environmental consulting field, doing reclamation and remediation for the oil and gas industry. Currently, she holds a BSc in Physical Geography, an MBA, and is finishing her PhD in Medical Public Health - Epidemiology with an emphasis in environmental and toxicological determinants of chronic disease – in other words, what in our environment is making us sick!
Stephanie started working as a laboratory analyst the day after she finished High School, while going through University - working in the environmental labs in the summer, and the geology labs in the winter. She is a second-generation lab rat! Being a good leader as well as engaging and coaching young people in their career has been as big a passion to her as her scientific work. In 2014, she started and ran a specialty laboratory, focusing on human metabolomics, nutritional markers and persistent organic pollutants, environmental forensics, specialty ecotoxicological assessments and routine environmental samples in Calgary.
She currently is working for an environmental consulting firm as a senior environmental scientist, focusing on toxicology, air sciences, GHG testing, and regulatory compliance. She has had experience running working groups with industry as well as governmental health and environmental agencies, with the aim of developing environmental regulations and improving regulatory and scientific methods for testing and compliance.
Stephanie is a vociferous advocate of the Canadian Public Health system and for the special needs community of parents and children, especially those with Autism. As an ASD Mom herself, she is passionate about being a Scientist Mom who can help other moms navigate the quagmire of misinformation and pseudoscience that exists.
Stephanie also has a long history of working in and for the community, as mentioned before by acting as an advocate and mentor for families with children who have ASD to navigate the FSCD process (Family Services for Children with Disabilities), and in the health realm - also in volunteering with adults with neurological disabilities, either as a caregiver or to give assistance in determining health care treatment options. She also has been very active in fundraising and volunteering for a variety of causes, including: Foster Parents plan (where they have fostered 4 children), Ronald McDonald House, the Calgary Women's Shelter, the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank, The Mustard Seed, AutismOne, Autism Speaks, Samaritan's Purse, Soup Sisters and many others.
Fundamentally, Stephanie believes that big governments hurt small businesses, and really, all businesses. She was drawn to the People’s Party of Canada because she strongly believes in its core values and principles, especially to decrease or eliminate unfair taxes and trade barriers, managing our own health care, respecting the constitution, and primarily, making Canada better for ALL Canadians.