Colin Piquette was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater, on May 5, 2015.
He is a member of the Special Standing Committee on Members’ Services and the Standing Committee on Alberta's Economic Future. Previously he served on the Standing Committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund.
Prior to serving with the Legislative Assembly, he was an insurance agent representing the Cooperators in Athabasca and Boyle (1999-2001,2011-2015), a consultant with the City of Edmonton's Respectful Workplace training initiative (2006 to 2011), and an instructor in ethics and law in education for the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta (2006-2011).
He also spent several years abroad teaching English at post-secondary institutions and foreign language institutes in South Korea (1997-1999,2001-2005). Prior to 1997, he ran a small publishing company, worked as an operator for Celanese Canada, and helped his parents on the family farm in Plamondon.
Mr. Piquette's employment experience also includes contract work as a political organizer with the Alberta Federation of Labour and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees on national pension and labour law reforms respectively.
Throughout the years he has volunteered his time to various community organizations. At the time of his election in 2015 he was serving as president of the Boyle District Chamber of Commerce, as vice-president of the Boyle Betterment Committee, and as a director with the Boyle and District Agricultural Society.
Other community organizations Colin has been involved with over the years include Community Service Learning at the University of Alberta, Next Up Alberta, Public Interest Alberta, the Alberta Public Interest Research Group, the Learning Centre, Friends of the Lubicon Alberta, and the Friends of Medicare. He is a founding member of the Centre for Community Organizing and Popular Education (CCOPE).
His extensive community involvement has earned him the Evelyn Kline Memorial Award in Community Development and an Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations community service learning project grant.
In addition to a bachelor of arts degree in political science he holds a master's degree in adult education, both from the University of Alberta.
Mr. Piquette and his spouse reside in Boyle, Alberta, with their two children.
September 26, 2016