Mr. Wayne Cao – MLA for Calgary-Fort

We pray that You would give MLA Mr.
Wayne Cao strength in the many tasks before him in his community and
legislative work.   We are grateful for
the skills he brings to his role in the Alberta Government and to the people he
serves in Calgary – Fort.  Bless him with
refreshing times with friends and family.  
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.

Mr. Cao currently serves as chair of the Standing Committee on
Legislative Offices, as well as a member of the Standing Committee on
Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing and the Standing
Committee on Alberta´s Economic Future.

His past appointments include:
  • Chair,
    Standing Committee on Private Bills
  • Member,
    Standing Committee on Families and Communities
  • Chair,
    Cabinet Policy Committee on Government Services
  • Member,
    Standing Committee on Education
  • Member,
    Legislative Review Committee
  • Member,
    Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund Committee
  • Deputy
    chair, Select Standing Committees on Private Bills and on Privileges and
    Elections, Standing Orders and Printing
  • Cabinet
    member liaison to caucus for southern Alberta
  • Chair,
    government caucus in Calgary
  • Chair,
    child care legislation review
  • Chair,
    Court Service Workers Review Committee
  • Member,
    Standing Policy Committee on Learning
  • Chair,
    Committee on Lifelong Learning
  • Chair,
    Employment Standards Regulations Review
  • Chair,
    Northland Athabasca School District Review
  • Member,
    Natural Heritage Environment Protection Legislation Review
  • Member,
    Subcommittees of Supply and Designated Supply
  • Member,
    Government Strategy Team on Private Members´ Bills
  • Government
    Member, Lougheed House Historical Preservation Society
  • Government
    Representative, Calgary Diversity Leadership Council
  • Member,
    Legislature Standing Committee on Public Accounts
  • Member,
    MLA Committee on Strengthening Alberta´s Role in Confederation
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:
  • Canadian
    Club of Calgary
  • United
    Nations Association
  • Wildrose
    Lions Club
  • Royal
    Canadian Legion, Ogden Branch
  • The
    Future Group
  • Habitat
    for Humanity
  • For
    the Love of Children Society
  • New
    View Global Vision Foundation
  • Calgary
    Minor Soccer Association
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.