Terry Engen, a fifth generation Albertan with a solid background in governance at a community and municipal level, has announced his decision to let his name stand for the progressive conservative nomination.
Engen spoke to a small gathering at the Rimbey Legion, Feb. 4, laying out his platform in a short presentation.
“I’ve always been a PC,” he said proudly, “and no matter what happens on Feb. 21, I will remain a PC. I won’t be looking for a new home or a new party to jump to next.”
Engen was the former reeve of Lacombe County, a position he held for six years. Prior to becoming reeve he was councillor and deputy reeve for the county.
His leadership background is diverse, encompassing rural and urban issues as well as recreation and youth and senior’s housing.
He is the commissioner for the Alberta Energy Regulator and was a board member of the Energy Resources Conservation Board and the Alberta representative of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (North American).
“The oil and gas industry is a driving economic force in Alberta. My experience in this industry has provided me with a comprehensive understanding of landowner rights and industry responsibilities,” he said.
Engen was raised in the Eckville area and still lives on the family farm. A native of the province, he knows first hand about the challenges and issues that face Albertans who live, work and play here.
His experience as a leader has taught him the importance of understanding the complexities of rural and urban relationships.
“We should be here to serve,” he said. Elected representatives must be fiscally responsible and approachable. I have practiced these fundamental principles of governance.”
A strong supporter of community, Engen headed the Eckville Arena Operating Association, the recreation board and the community centre board for many years.
He was also director of the Eckville Co-operative Association and chair of the rodeo association.
“Active, vital and sustainable communities are the mainstay of our province,” he said.
The PC hopeful is the chairman of Hockey Alberta and on the board of Hockey Canada.
He was the former chairman of Lacombe Seniors and Community Housing Foundation.
“Creating social supports and infrastructure and developing individuals builds a better Alberta,” he said. “I am a fiscal conservative, but I do have a social conscience. There will be tough choices to be made, but most Albertans are saying spend within your means.”
Engen encourages progressive conservative members to get out and vote at the polling stations which will be set up in Rimbey, Bentley, Eckville, Rocky, Caroline and Sundre.
“At the end of the day it’s all about members coming out to the polls.”