Progressive Conservative MLA, Grande Prairie - Wapiti
Wayne Jacques was first elected to the Alberta Legislature on June 15, 1993, and then re-elected on March 11, 1997. Following his re-election, Wayne was appointed by Premier Ralph Klein as Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Financial Planning and Human Resources. The Committee reviews and makes recommendations on policies, programs and legislation pertaining to budgetary and taxation matters, federal and intergovernmental affairs and labour management issues. Wayne also is a Member of the Standing Legislative Committees on Members' Services and Legislative Offices. During his first term as an MLA, Wayne was appointed to serve as a Treasury Board member and was the first private member to ever sit on this Cabinet committee. In August 1993, he was appointed Chair of the Northern Alberta Development Council, a position he held until the 1997 election. He also chaired the committee which developed the funding framework for public education and the committee which developed policy recommendations for Forest Management Agreements.
Wayne obtained his Chartered Accountant Diploma in B.C. in 1964 and is a current member of the Alberta Institute of Chartered Accountants. He left Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (Canfor) in 1992 after a 27-year career that saw him rise from a junior position in coastal logging operations to his 1984 appointment as Vice President responsible for Alberta Operations.
Wayne is a member of the Grande Prairie Rotary Club. He also has served as an Alderman for the City of Grande Prairie, a member of the Federal Business Development Bank Regional Advisory Board for Alberta and the Northwest Territories, Chair of the Grande Prairie Municipal Planning Commission, and as Vice President and Director of the Grande Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce.
Wayne and his wife, Myrna, a family counselor, have resided in Grande Prairie since 1974 and have two adult children, Michele and Linda.