It's easy to point fingers at Ottawa, but cooperation is the best way to bridge the West-East divide.
Alberta Senator-in-waiting, Calgary accountant
Mr. Mike Shaikh has lived his life following his mantra (maxim) LEARN, EARN, RETURN. A respected member of the business community, he is perhaps first and foremost regarded as a humanitarian, tireless volunteer, philanthropist, community leader, and an exceptionally proud citizen and ambassador of Alberta and Canada. Among his many involvements, Mike is currently a Director of the Alberta Children’s Hospital; Chair of Education Matters; Director of Paralympic Foundation of Canada, National Chair of ImagiNation Campaign, APEGA Education Foundation, Calgary Catholic Immigrant Services, Board member of Calgary Counselling Centre, and board member of various for profit and not-for-profit organizations as part of his professional career as a businessman, entrepreneur and Chartered Accountant. Previous leadership roles included serving as Chair of Calgary Police Commission, and board member of the following organizations: Alberta Securities Commission; Canadian Air Transport Security Authority; University of Calgary; Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team; and Canadian Association of Police Boards. In addition, he served as President of Kiwanis Club of Calgary and was a founding member of People For Progress Foundation, as well as Calgary Police Foundation. Mike Shaikh continues to be highly active and engaged in both the business and broader not-for-profit communities. At the heart of his work is a deep commitment to doing what he personally can to help ensure Alberta continues to evolve as a prospering and caring society for all its people, including immigrants and the marginalized. Through this lens, his efforts continue to centre on the focus areas of public safety, medical research, education and mentorship. He was a candidate in the Alberta’s Senatorial election for the three nominees and received 309,587 votes, placing third in the election.
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