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Mr. Wayne Cao – MLA for Calgary-Fort

Dear God, We pray for
MLA Mr. Wayne Cao that he will continue to do a great job as he works
diligently for our province. Give him safety in his travels and reward him with
strength for each and every day. Protect him and his family so they can be
strong for one another. We ask for an increase of creativity, discernment and
objectivity as he continues to serve Albertans. Amen (Grade 6 student)

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 as well as the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections,
Standing Orders and Printing.

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
  • Private
  • Privileges
    and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing
  • Public
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

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.