Stelmach, Hon. Ed
Progressive Conservative MLA, Vegreville-Viking
Ed Stelmach was first elected to the Alberta Legislature as MLA for Vegreville-Viking on June 15, 1993. In March 1997, he was elected to a second term and appointed Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. Along with his appointment to Cabinet, Ed was appointed Vice-Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development and Member of the Standing Policy Committee on Health Planning. He also serves on the Agenda and Priorities Committee. During his first term as an MLA, Ed has served as Deputy Whip, and later as Government Caucus Whip. He also was Chairman of the Alberta Agricultural Research Institute and a member of the Standing Policy Committees on Community Services and Health Restructuring. During his first term in the Alberta Legislature, Ed participated in a number of Canada-Ukraine initiatives, including the Canada-Ukraine Legislative Education Project and the Canada-Ukraine Business Initiative.
Ed Stelmach has been an active member of municipal and regional organizations in his community for the past 15 years. He is a past Reeve for the County of Lamont Council, where he participated in the creation of unique multi-use civic, school and recreation facility in the village of Andrew.
Ed has served as a Member of the Vegreville Health Unit Board and as Chair of the Local Board of Health. During his tenure as a Board Member of the Archer Memorial Hospital and the Lamont Auxiliary Hospital and Nursing Home, Ed helped to ensure a more efficient delivery of health services in the County of Lamont. Other community involvements include a three year term as a Member of the Andrew Co-op Association and terms as Lamont 4-H District President and Andrew 4-H Beef Club Leader.
Ed attended the University of Alberta in Edmonton, then worked in the retail business for 11 years before returning to the Lamont/Andrew area where he was born and raised. Ed and his wife Marie reside with their daughter and three sons on the homestead south of Andrew originally settled by his grandfather in 1898. Both Ed and Marie are active members of the parish church and choir.