I was born in Saskatoon and attended Richmond Heights School until moving to our grain farm south of Delisle in 1975. After graduating from Delisle Composite High School, I attended the University of Saskatchewan where I graduated in 1987 with a B.Sc in Physical Geography.
I joined the naval reserve at HMCS Unicorn in 1984 and transferred into the regular Air Force in 1985.
I had many leadership roles in my career including the position of Nuclear Biological Chemical Defence Officer at the Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake. It was my responsibility to oversee the base section tasked with training and protection for these threats.
I travelled extensively and lived in six provinces across Canada while in the military, however, after a series of unfortunate training accidents and injuries resulting in neck and back damage while training as a pilot, I was granted a full medical release in 1990 due to service.
"Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings..."
After my military service, I moved to Edmonton and attended the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in the Architectural program where I won several awards and graduated with honours.
The majority of my last 20 years has been spent in mining, construction and development planning. I have worked on various construction and infrastructure projects for a number of First Nations across Canada. My mining experience includes work for most of the potash companies. I have also done detailed work for the Shore Gold diamond project as well as contract work for both Cameco and Orano. I have extensive civil works experience including detailed development design for lot boundaries, curb and gutter, sewer and water, and even road design.
In 1992, I married Sherry, who grew up on a farm in Alberta. She was an Insolvency Analyst with a local firm until she recently retired. We have two grown sons that live and work in Saskatoon. In our early married life, we lived in BC for a while and ran a drafting and mapping business. Then in 1999, we moved back to Saskatoon where we contracted our own home that we still live in today. We have some farm land south of Delisle that is rented out as I have not actively farmed since 2012. I have lived in various areas around Saskatoon throughout my life and we currently reside in the Dundonald/Westview area of the city.
I have donated my time to many endeavors over the years including the Red Cross, where I was a chairman for the Kootenay Region. One of my favourite volunteer activities was when I participated a number of times with Junior Achievement in the classroom.