Progressive Conservative MLA, Athabasca-Wabasca
Mike Cardinal has a wealth of experience in private industry, municipal and provincial governments, and community service.
Mike worked in private industry for 10 years prior to beginning an extensive career with the provincial government. He worked with Alberta Housing Corporation as a mortgage officer and then moved to the Alberta Human Resources Development Authority where he developed the Native Housing/Relocation Program. He was Regional Supervisor of Employment/Counselling Services with Alberta Advanced Education and Manpower for ten years before spending three years as Regional Manager of Employment and Relocation Counselling Services and three years as Senior Consultant to the Assistant Deputy Minister. He also served as Socio-Economic Consultant in the North East Region for Alberta Family and Social Services piloting the Welfare reforms.
Mike has been actively involved in his community as a chairman or member on several boards and councils, including: the Slave Lake and the Athabasca Regional Economic Development Councils, the Northland School Board, and the Slave Lake Recreation Board. He served as a board member of the Slave Lake Municipal Planning Commission, a Town Councillor for Slave Lake, and as chairman of the Improvement District Council. He sat on the boards of Family and Community Support Services in Slave Lake, High Prairie and Athabasca and is a past member of the Metis Association of Alberta and the Interprovincial Association of Native Employment.
Since beginning his first term as an MLA in 1989, Mike has been appointed to numerous Select and Standing Committees of the Legislative Assembly. Among these were his appointments as Chairman of the Social Services Caucus Committee and as a member of the Native Affairs Caucus Committee. Mike was Minister of Family and Social Services and Aboriginal Affairs from 1992 to 1996, holding responsibility for many programs, boards and agencies including: Welfare, Child Welfare Services, Day Care Programs, Services for Persons with Disabilities, the Office for the Prevention of Family Violence, the Provincial Advisory Committee on Native Issues, the Social Care Facilities Review Committee, the Children's Advocate Office, and also had the responsibility of reforming the Welfare system in Alberta.
Following his re-election to a third term as an MLA on March 11, 1997, Mike was appointed to Chair the Northern Alberta Development Council and serve as a member on the Standing Policy Committee on Education and Training and the Standing Committee on Private Bills.
Mr. Cardinal was born in Slave Lake, Alberta in 1941.