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

Heavenly Father, We
pray today for your blessing upon MLA Gary Bikman as he serves in our
Legislature. May he gain your wisdom and have a clear understanding of how to
address the many needs of the families in his constituency. Thank you Lord, for
Mr. Bikman and his faithful continued service to all Albertans. We also pray
for peace and good rest at night and strength for each 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 reader.