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

Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for
MLA Gary Bikman and his role in the government of Alberta. May he be aware
today of your presence with him as he fulfills his duties and we ask that you
go ahead of him to clear the way of any obstacles in his way. Thank you for
blessing him and his family with great health and may your angels surround him
and give him safe travels. In Your Name we pray, 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 reader.