President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance
Doug Horner was elected to his fourth term as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Spruce Grove -St. Albert on April 23, 2012. On May 8, 2012 he was named President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Finance. Previously Mr. Horner had served as Deputy Premier, President of the Treasury Board, vice-chair of the Agenda and Priorities Committee and Minister Liaison to the Canadian Forces.
During his second term he served as Minister of Advanced Education and Technology and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. Additionally, he served as vice-chair of the Agenda and Priorities Committee and was a member of the Treasury Board and the Cabinet Policy Committee on the Economy.
Born in Barrhead, Alberta, to Jean and Dr. Hugh Horner, Mr. Horner has spent most of his life in rural Alberta. Three generations of his family have been involved in agriculture, and his father was a previous minister of agriculture.
Mr. Horner also has a solid business background, graduating 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.
Before being elected to the Alberta Legislature, Mr. Horner had extensive experience in the private sector, including banking in southern Alberta and a sound understanding of the value-added sector of agriculture. He was integral in the start-up and operations of his family’s barley and oat processing mill. Later he became responsible for international marketing and sales of specialty grains for ConAgra out of its Nebraska office. After three years he moved back to Canada and established a trading company for agrifoods and agrifeeds for domestic and international markets.
Mr. Horner is an active member of his community. He is currently a member of the Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce, the St. Albert Parkland Rotary Club, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Loyal Edmonton Regiment Association as well as several other service and community organizations.
Mr. Horner has previously served as a member of the Standing Committee on Law and Regulations, the Special Standing Committee on Members’ Services and the Standing Policy Committee on Justice and Government Services. He has also served as chair of the Alberta government’s Information and Communications Technology Implementation Committee and vice-chair of the Alberta Grain Commission.
May 14, 2012