Honourable Robert Wanner – MLA for Medicine Hat

Dear God in heaven, we pray for the Honourable
Robert Wanner, MLA for Medicine Hat and speaker of the House.  May he know he can always rely on You.  Thank You for Your wisdom and guiding hand on
his life and we pray for Your blessing on him and his family.  Amen. 
(Grade 6 student)


Robert E. Wanner was elected to the Legislative Assembly of
Alberta, representing the constituency of Medicine Hat, on May 5, 2015. On June
11, 2015, he was elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.

As Speaker he serves as chair of the Special Standing Committee
on Members’ Services and as president of the Alberta branch of the Commonwealth
Parliamentary Association.

Prior to his service with the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Wanner
devoted 15 years to Canadians Reaching Out to the World’s Children Foundation
(CARO), of which he is a founding member and was president from 2000 to 2015.
CARO is a Medicine Hat based foundation that is dedicated to improving the
lives of vulnerable children in Medicine Hat and around the world.

Mr. Wanner started his career as a social worker with the
province of Alberta in Grande Prairie, Alberta. He then enjoyed a lengthy
career with the city of Medicine Hat, where he worked for over 35 years in
various senior management and executive-level positions, including as director
of preventive social services, as the Medicine Hat Police Service’s director of
administration and planning and as the superintendent of social planning and
housing. In 1995 he was appointed to the executive leadership of the city of
Medicine Hat as the public services commissioner, and he then served as a
project leader of a major organizational development initiative.

He is a registered social worker (RSW), qualified mediator
(QMed) and registered family mediator (RFM). In 2005 he formed and operated a
private mediation, conflict resolution and small property development business.

Extensively involved in his community, Mr. Wanner has over 40
years of community service experience, including as a senator for the
University of Calgary; a founding member and past president of the Gas City
Former Employees Association; a volunteer for the Salvation Army, the United
Way and several community theatre organizations and, most recently, as chair of
a family care clinic (FCC) steering committee.

He holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Saskatchewan,
a master of arts in social welfare policy from McMaster University and a master
of business administration from the University of Calgary.

Born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Mr. Wanner has called Medicine
Hat home since 1972. He and his wife, Joan Emard-Wanner, have four children and
11 grandchildren.