Mr. Naresh Bhardwaj – MLA for Edmonton-Ellerslie

God, We pray for Mr. Naresh Bhardwaj, that you will give him
strength and courage as he gives leadership in the constituency of Edmonton –
Ellerslie. Be with him as he makes decisions that are important to the people
of our province and help him to make the best choices to meet their needs.
Bless him and his family with peace and safety. Amen (Grade 6 Student)

Associate Minister of Persons with
Disabilities (Reporting to the Minister of Human Services)

Mr. Bhardwaj was elected to his second term as a Member of the
Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Edmonton-Ellerslie on April 23, 2012. He
currently serves as Associate Minister of Persons with Disabilities.

In addition to his duties as an MLA, Mr. Bhardwaj was previously
the chair of the capital region caucus. He also served on the following
committees: the Legislative Review Committee, the Standing Committee on Private
Bills, the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future as well as the
Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing.

Mr. Bhardwaj moved to Alberta with his family in 1976. He became
a journeyman automotive mechanic in 1983 before going back to school and
graduating from the U of A with a double major. Naresh then spent the next 18
years working as a teacher in Pincher Creek, Whitecourt, Red Deer, Calgary and
Edmonton, teaching predominantly automotives, mathematics and physical

Mr. Bhardwaj has been actively involved with Edmonton
communities for over 36 years, serving on many associations, establishing Youth
Link, a youth employment training program, and coaching soccer at the community
league level and for Juventus U-18.

Bhardwaj was married in 1982 to his wife, Sunita, and has three children:
Sarah, Stephen and Neeraj.