Doug Horner is the fourth-term Member of the Legislative Assembly for Spruce Grove-St. Albert. He currently serves as the Senior Advisor to the Premier on Internal Trade and Federal and Provincial Relations. He is also a member of the Standing Committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund.
Mr. Horner has held such portfolios as Deputy Premier, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Finance, Minister of Enterprise, Minister of Advanced Education and Technology and Minister of Agriculture. He was also the first provincial liaison to the Canadian Forces.
Mr. Horner has been a strong proponent of the commercialization of Alberta’s knowledge base, research and technology and has led many trade and investment missions to emerging markets. He established the biofuels initiative to create new energy sources from agricultural waste and created the Alberta Innovates corporations, focusing several research institutes into commercial ventures. Mr. Horner also established Campus Alberta, a collaborative association of Alberta’s postsecondary institutions.
Mr. Horner has a solid background in business. He worked in both the banking and agriculture industry prior to his political career. Following the sale of his family’s grain processing business to ConAgra in 1993, Mr. Horner moved to the company’s Nebraska office, where he was responsible for the international marketing and sales of specialty grains. He later returned to Canada and established a trading company for agrifoods and agrifeeds for domestic and international markets.
Mr. Horner graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) with a diploma in business. After completing further studies, he was accredited by the Institute of Canadian Bankers. Mr. Horner holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
November 21, 2014