Jim Prentice: A Vision for Alberta11:45am-1:30pm | The Fairmont Palliser - 133 - 9th Avenue SW, Calgary
Jim Prentice will be addressing the Economic Club of Canada and make an important policy announcement about one of his 5 key priorities for Alberta.
PC Leadership Candidate
PC Party of Alberta
Jim Prentice and his family have deep roots here in Alberta. After a short career as a professional hockey player, Jim's father relocated the Prentice family to Grande Cache in northern Alberta when Jim was 13 years old. Jim and his sisters were raised in a large blue-collar family as his father worked as a miner and eventually became an accountant. Jim’s parents instilled in their children the importance of family, integrity and that nothing good comes in life without education and hard work.
Jim put himself through university working "under the bins" in the coal mines of the Crowsnest Pass. He received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and later, a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University. His interest in politics began in the early 1970's and he has been a conservative ever since.
As a young lawyer, Jim built a strong reputation for his expertise on property rights cases, co-founding a law firm in Calgary which built a substantial practice protecting the property rights of landowners from government excesses. Here he specialized in landowner cases including farm and ranch re-locations, and became known for his ability to resolve First Nation negotiations.
In 2004, Jim was elected as the Member of Parliament for Calgary North Centre and was re-elected from subsequent terms in 2006 and 2008. During his time in Ottawa, Jim held some of the most challenging yet rewarding cabinet positions in a range of portfolios including Industry, Environment, and Indian Affairs and Northern Development. He also served as chair of the Operations Committee and Prime Minister Stephen Harper described Jim's important role as that of the 'Chief Operating Officer of the Government of Canada'.
Upon his departure from federal politics, Jim went on to build important relationships through his role as Vice- Chair and Executive Vice-President of CIBC. At CIBC he led the bank in the critical areas of energy infrastructure and responsible resource development and the Asian Pacific Rim, gaining respect internationally as a North American authority on the world energy market.
Today, Jim continues to live in Calgary with his wife Karen and they have recently celebrated the birth of their second grandchild. He remains an active volunteer in his community and is a member of the Grace Presbyterian Church. He is an avid outdoorsman, who enjoys fly-fishing and hiking the Alberta Rockies.