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Honourable Dave Rodney, Calgary-Lougheed

Thank you, Lord for the Honourable Dave Rodney. We pray that you would give him wisdom as he goes about his day, making important decisions for our province. Guide him and may he be aware of your presence with him. Please give him and his family strength and health for each day to come. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Associate Minister of Wellness (reporting to the Minister of Health)
Honourable Dave Rodney was elected to his third term as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the constituency of Calgary-Lougheed on April 23, 2012. Premier Redford appointed Mr. Rodney to the provincial cabinet on May 8, 2012 as the new Associate Minister of Wellness for the province of Alberta. Dave has focused his activity on his constituency, but his government work has taken him across Canada, the US, Europe, and beyond.
In addition, Mr. Rodney has also served on the following agencies, boards, committees, and commissions:
  • Alberta Energy Representative to the Council of State Governments–USA West & USA Midwest
  • Agenda and Priorities Committee
  • Cabinet Policy on Energy
  • Standing Committee on Energy
  • Cabinet Policy Committee on Community Services
  • Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (chair)
  • Calgary caucus (chair)
  • Standing Committee on Legislative Offices (chair)
  • Standing Committee on Community Services (chair)
  • Public Accounts (deputy chair)
  • International Development and Governance Advisory
  • Cabinet Policy on Public Health and Safety
  • Standing Committee on Public Health and Safety
  • Cabinet Policy Committee on Managing Growth Pressures
  • Charitable Casino Funds Re-distribution
  • Community Spirit Program
  • Provincial Grants Review
  • Legislature Grounds Renewal
  • Special Standing Committee on Members’ Services
  • Southern Alberta Liaison to the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Calgary Stampede Board of Directors
  • Robert Bateman’s “Get To Know Your Wild Neighbours”
  • Strategic Tourism Marketing Council
  • National Public Health Goals Re-evaluation
Other past committee work includes:
  • Futures Summit
  • Youth parliament and model United Nations
  • Mayor’s committee charter member: Turn Off the Violence and Peace Heroes
Mr. Rodney’s Legislature motions for the spring 2010 session:
Be it resolved the Legislative Assembly urge the government:
  1. To reach an agreement with applicable levels of government regarding the south west portion of the Calgary ring road in 2010, with construction to begin in 2011.
  2. To introduce hands-free mobile device legislation in order to reduce the instances of distracted driving.
In the Assembly Mr. Rodney has sponsored the following bills:
  • Bill 201: Smoke-free Places Act, 2005
  • Bill 21: Hotel Room Tax (Tourism Levy) Amendment Act, 2005
  • Bill PR1: Burns Memorial Trust Amendment Act, 2006
  • Bill 5: Health Statutes Amendment Act, 2007
  • Bill 13: Access to the Future Amendment Act, 2007
  • Bill 42: Insurance Amendment Act, 2007
  • Bill 206: Alberta Personal Income Tax (Physical Activity Credit) Amendment Act, 2008 (awaiting proclamation)
  • Bill 203: Alberta Get Outdoors weekend Act, 2011
Mr. Rodney’s accomplishments, education and work history:
  • The first Canadian to have reached the summit of Mount Everest twice
  • International keynote speaker and workshop facilitator, world-wide adventure guide
  • Founder/President/CEO of SpiritQuest Enterprises Inc.,incorporated 1997
  • Over 20 documentaries and books, including work with National Geographic, BBC and Oprah Winfrey
  • A bachelor of arts with distinction (1987) and bachelor of education after degree (1988), University of Saskatchewan
  • MRE with distinction, Newman college in Edmonton
  • Thirteen years as an educator and administrator in Canada, Nepal and the West Indies
  • Three terms as an Employment and Immigration Canada placement officer
  • Cofounder of the Top of the World Society for Children with his wife, Jennifer
Mr. Rodney has been awarded many honours, including;
  • Presidential Who’s Who of Leaders and Executives, 2011
  • Honourary Chair: Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Honourary Chair: KidSport Calgary
  • 100 Alumni of Influence, University of Saskatchewan, 2007
  • Listed in Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People, Alberta Venture Magazine, 2005
  • Humanitarian of the Year, University of Saskatchewan, 2004
  • Houston WorldFest Awards gold medallion for best biodocumentary, Back to Everest The Dave Rodney Story,2004
  • Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for community service,2002
  • Rodney Ridge has been dedicated in his hometown (2002), where he is also in the Sports Hall of Fame
  • Top 40 under 40,Calgary Magazine, 2001
  • International award-winning business/education/media/public web program Adventure Everest Online´97
  • Special achievement award, city of Calgary, 1997
  • Pan-Canadian and Reader’s Digest national teacher of the year nominee (1990s)
Mr. Rodney lives with his wife, Jennifer, their two sons, and their puppy, MacGyver.
November 6, 2012