Originally born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Chris moved to Edmonton with his family in 1982. He graduated from Stratford Jr. High and Jasper Place Composite High and has also attended N.A.I.T. where he studied Engineering Design. He also lived in various sections of the city, including the north end since 2002, and has been a proud resident of Decore since 2008.
Advocating for the rights and safety of hard working Albertans has been a big part of Chris's life for the last 20 years. He has been employed with Lucerne Foods Ltd. Ice Cream Plant since November 1990. There, he works as a shipper/receiver. Because Lucerne is a union worksite, he has also had the honour of being the shop steward for the past 15 years. He has also co-chaired the worksite Health & Safety committee for even longer. This has lead to his union activism with UFCW Local 401 where he has been a part of the provincial Health & Safety Committee and currently part of the Political Action Committee. He is also one of the Relief Union Representatives at Local 401.
He has also had the privilege of serving with was the Children’s Heart Society where he has held several positions, including that of secretary and a director.
Before entering the political scene as a candidate, he had the chance to work on various political campaigns including the successful elections of NDP MLA Deron Bilous and Edmonton Councillor Dave Loken. These experiences helped him realize that Albertans deserve representatives that will fight for what they need. Labour laws must be improved to protect Albertans from exploitation and bullying. Health and Safety legislation is too loose, vague or non-existent and needs to be formalized to protect Albertans from unsafe work and work sites.
Healthcare for Albertans must be brought to levels that will never place them at risk. Seniors have to be treated with the dignity and respect that they have earned — they should never be in a vulnerable position of any kind. Provincial revenues must be collected in a fair and equitable manner.