Mr. Gary Bikman – MLA for Cardston-Taber-Warner

We thank You Dear Lord for MLA Gary
Bikman.  Thank You for his devoted
service to the people of Cardston – Taber and Warner.  May he receive Your ongoing wisdom, strength
and peace.  We pray today that You would
give him insight into the many challenging matters he must deal with on a daily
basis.  Bless him and his staff as they
give of themselves day after day.  Amen

Gary Bikman was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for
Cardston-Taber-Warner on April 23, 2012. He currently serves as a member of the
Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship and the Standing Committee on
Legislative Offices. Previously he served as deputy chair of the Standing
Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future.

Mr. Bikman was born and raised in southern Alberta. He holds a
bachelor’s of science degree and a master’s in business administration degree
from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Mr. Bikman has extensive business experience, having successfully owned
and managed an oilfield service company for 25 years. He cofounded and led
ChopStix Restaurants from 2006 to 2010 and ChopStix International Franchising
Inc. from 2010 to 2012. Mr. Bikman is also an experienced and dedicated
educator, having been a sessional instructor at the University of Lethbridge’s
faculty of management and at Lethbridge College.

An active member of his community, Mr. Bikman has frequently served as
Stirling’s mayor, deputy mayor and councillor since 1980. He has also served
intermittently as a member of the Chinook Arch Regional Library Board and as a
scout leader in the village of Stirling.

Mr. Bikman and his first wife, Suzy, moved to Stirling in 1972. She died
of cancer in 1989, leaving their nine children motherless.

He later met and married Sheila Cooper-Leavitt. Together with her four
children their blended family totals 13, with over 30 grandchildren. They
continue to reside in Stirling.

In his spare time he enjoys sports, yard work, leading self-employment
workshops and teaching ethics and morality to teenagers. He is also an avid