Speaker Profiles

The Honourable Ron Liepert

The Honourable Ron Liepert

Minister of Finance

Government of Alberta

Ron Liepert has been a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta since 2004, for the constituency of Calgary-West. On October 12, 2011, he was sworn in as Minister of Finance. He had previously served as Minister of Energy, Minister of Education and Minister of Health and Wellness.

Mr. Liepert was born and raised in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan, where his primary education began in a one-room elementary school. After his senior high schooling he moved to Alberta, where in 1971 he enrolled in the Columbia School of Broadcasting. His work in media between 1972 and 1980 included covering Royal tours of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles.

In 1980 Premier Lougheed offered Mr. Liepert the position of press secretary, which he accepted and served until 1985. As the press secretary he participated in a number of federal-provincial conferences and was at the side of the Premier during the Constitutional Accord of 1982 and the energy negotiations of the early 1980s. Mr. Liepert served as the trade director of Western U.S. Operations for Alberta Economic Development from 1986 to 1991.

In 1991 he joined Telus and was involved in the company’s negotiations to purchase Ed Tel and the BC Tel merger. He also contributed to the rebranding of AGT to Telus. Mr. Liepert spent 2000 to 2004 running his own public relations/ communications consulting business and operating a childcare centre in downtown Calgary.

Returning to his interest in politics, Mr. Liepert sought and won the riding of Calgary-West in 2004. Over the course of his first two years as an MLA he chaired the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund Committee, co-chaired the Film Advisory Council and was a member of the Local Authorities Elections Act special committee review team.

A former board member of Calgary’s Pinebrook Golf Club, Mr. Liepert lists the sport as one of his hobbies in addition to donating his time to other community endeavours. He has organized a number of sports celebrity dinners and various charitable fundraisers and fundraising campaigns.

He and his wife, Linda, have two adult children.

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