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Mr. Wayne Cao – MLA for Calgary-Fort

God, we come before You today, for MLA
Wayne Cao.  Recognizing the important
call on his life serving the constituents of Calgary – Fort, we pray for
continued vision and that he would carry out his role with renewed strength.  May he have precious time with family and friends
and be refreshed.  Amen.

Wayne Cao was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on
March 11, 1997, as the MLA for the Calgary-Fort constituency and re-elected on
March 11, 2001, November 22, 2004, March 3, 2008, and April 23, 2012. On April
14, 2008, he was elected to the position of Deputy Speaker and Chair of
Committees, a position he held for the remainder of the 27th Legislature. He
currently serves as a member of the Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship.

Mr. Cao has served as chair of the following standing committees:
  • Alberta’s
    Economic Future
  • Alberta
    Heritage Savings Trust Fund
  • Education
  • Families
    and Communities
  • Legislative
    Offices
  • Private
    Bills
  • Privileges
    and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing
  • Public
    Accounts
Additionally, he has served as the Cabinet member liaison to caucus for
southern Alberta and as a member of the following:
  • Cabinet
    Policy Committee on Government Services
  • Child
    care legislation review
  • Committee
    on Lifelong Learning
  • Court
    Service Workers Review Committee
  • Employment
    Standards Regulations Review
  • Government
    caucus in Calgary
  • Government
    Member, Lougheed House Historical Preservation Society
  • Government
    Representative, Calgary Diversity Leadership Council
  • Government
    Strategy Team on Private Members’ Bills
  • Legislative
    Review Committee
  • MLA
    Committee on Strengthening Alberta’s Role in Confederation
  • Natural
    Heritage Environment Protection Legislation Review
  • Northland
    Athabasca School District Review
  • Standing
    Policy Committee on Learning
  • Subcommittees
    of Supply and Designated Supply
Mr. Cao has brought forward several legislation changes related to
maternity/parental leave increase, minimum wage increase, employment standards
for domestic workers, medical benefits for severely handicapped people,
seniors’ assistance programs and the selection of Alberta’s official song.

He has lived, worked and travelled extensively in many parts of the
world: Southeast Asia, Western Europe, Australia, Mexico, the USA and Canada.

Mr. Cao received training in engineering, computing technology and
business management from various corporations and institutions such as the
universities of Auckland, Saigon and Waterloo and continuing education programs
through Shell Petroleum in Canada and the USA. He is a certified information
technology professional, holding ISP designation from the Canadian Information
Processing Society.

He worked for the Shell petroleum company for 26 years in many
specialist and management roles before early retirement in 1997 after winning his
first election. He taught evening courses for the Association of Engineers of
Saigon-Vietnam and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Mr. Cao is a past director of Kimson Consulting Services and Canadasia
Management Consulting, a past chair of the Data Warehouse Technology Special
Interest Group of the Canadian Information Processing Professional Society and
past member of the Data Processing Management Association of America.

He has participated in and held memberships in various society and charity
organizations, including:
  • Calgary
    Minor Soccer Association
  • Canadian
    Club of Calgary
  • For
    the Love of Children Society
  • Habitat
    for Humanity
  • Royal
    Canadian Legion, Ogden Branch
  • The
    Future Group
  • United
    Nations Association
  • Wildrose
    Lions Club
Mr. Cao also has worked with Calgary community TV and has spent time
advising cultural events. He was a volunteer/session leader with the Junior
Achievement stay-in-school programs; judge for high school debates, science and
heritage fairs; a volunteer/contributor with Meals-for-Homeless and
Inn-from-the-Cold; and a participant and fundraiser for various charity events.

His contributions to the community have been recognized through awards
and honorary membership from For The Love of Children Society, the Hart Foundation,
Friends of Elliston Park Society, the Ogden Seniors Association, Fort Calgary
Historic Foundation, Visminsa Filipino Society, Indo-Canada Association,
Hispanic Arts Society, Hoysun Association, Millican-Ogden Association, Calgary
Minor Soccer Association and Chinese Music Development Society. He has received
the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and the Alberta Centennial Medal.

Mr. Cao enjoys playing racket sports, downhill skiing, fishing, playing
music and singing, history reading, language learning and martial arts
practice.

He has established his home in Calgary for over the last 30 years with
his wife, Kim Hoang, an engineer and banking professional, and their three
sons: William (MBA; law, University of Calgary), Winston (engineer, University
of Waterloo) and Ulysses (biochemist, Queen’s University). They have one
grandson so far.