Mr. Wayne Cao was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, on March 11, 1997, as the MLA for Calgary-Fort Constituency, and re-elected in March 11, 2001, and in November 22, 2004.
His current and past appointments include:
- Chair, Government Caucus in Calgary
- Cabinet Member Liaison to Caucus
- Deputy Chair, Select Standing Committees on Private Bills, and Privileges and Elections
- Chair, Court Service Workers Review Committee
- Member of the Standing Policy Committee - Committee on Learning
- Chair, Committee on Lifelong Learning
- Chair, Employment Standards Regulations Review
- Chair, Northland Athabasca School District Review
- Member, Natural Heritage Environment Protection Legislation Review
- Member of the Sub-committees of Supply and Designated Supply
- Member, Government Strategy Team on Private Members Bills
- Government Member, Lougheed House Historical Preservation Society
- Government Representative, Calgary Diversity Leadership Council
- Member, Legislature Standing Committee on Public Accounts
- Member, MLA Committee on Strengthening Alberta’s Role in Confederation
Mr. Cao has brought forward several legislation changes related to maternity/parental leave increase, minimum wage increase, employment standards for domestic workers, medical benefits for severely handicapped people, seniors assistance programs and the selection of Alberta official song.
Mr. Cao has lived, worked and traveled extensively in many parts of the world: South East Asia, Western Europe, Australia, Mexico, the USA and Canada.
Mr. Cao received training in engineering, computing technology and business management from various corporations and institutions, such as the universities of Auckland, Saigon and Waterloo, and Continuing Education programs through Shell Petroleum in Canada and the USA. He is certified information technology professional holding ISP designation from the Canadian Information Processing Society.
Mr. Cao worked for the Shell petroleum company for 26 years in many specialist and management roles, before early retiring in 1997, after winning his first election. He taught evening courses for the Association of Engineers of Saigon-Vietnam, and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Mr. Cao is a past director of Kimson Consulting Services and Canadasia Management Consulting, a past chair of the Data Warehouse Technology Special Interest Group of the Canadian Information Processing Professional Society, past member of the Data Processing Management Association of America.
Mr. Cao has been participating and holding membership in various society and charity organizations, including:
- Canadian Club of Canada
- United Nations Association
- Lions Club - Wildrose
- Royal Canadian Legion – Ogden Branch
- The Future Group
- Habitat for Humanity
- For the Love of Children
- New View Global Foundation
- Calgary Minor Soccer Association
Mr. Cao also has worked with Calgary community TV and has spent time advising cultural events. He was a volunteer/session leader with the Junior Achievement Stay-in-school programs; judge for high school debates, science and heritage fairs; a volunteer/contributor with Meals-for-Homeless and Inn-from-the-Cold, and a participant and fund-raiser for various charity events.
Mr. Cao’s contributions to the community have been recognized through awards and honorary membership from For-The-Love-of-Children Society, the Hart Foundation, Friends of Elliston Park Society, the Ogden Senior Association, Fort Calgary Historic Foundation, Visminsa Filipino Society, Indo-Canada Association, Hispanic Arts Society, Hoysun Association, Millican-Ogden Association, Calgary Minor Soccer Association, Chinese Music Development Society, the Queen Jubilee Medal, the Alberta Centennial Medal.
Mr. Cao enjoys playing racket sports, downhill skiing, fishing, playing music and singing, history reading, language learning and martial art practice.
Mr. Cao has established his home in Calgary for the last 29 years with his wife Kim Hoang, an engineer and banking professional, and their three sons: William (MBA & Law, University of Calgary), Winston (Engineer, University of Waterloo), Ulysses (Bio-Chemist, Queen’s University).
May 4, 2006