There is always a way
After acquiring an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Education, Doug spent several years teaching, and ranching with his family. Although Doug has two degrees he has long said the best education he every received was growing up on the farm. It taught him practical lessons about life, built in him a strong work ethic, and developed in him a deep understanding of what it takes to be successful, and much the wrong attitude ensures failure.
Concerned about the future of rural communities, he ran and won his first election to become the sixth youngest person to ever serve in the Alberta Legislature. Elected for four consecutive terms, Doug continuously advocating for policies that would strengthen communities in rural Alberta. Through his four terms he also served in two senior Cabinet portfolios as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister of Service Alberta, as well as three junior positions in Agriculture, Finance, and Solicitor General.
Doug retired from politics in January 2015, after 13 years of service, to resume his long-time passion for helping communities find ways to be prosperous and enduring. In his best-selling book, 13 Ways to Kill Your Community, Doug identifies challenges and opportunities that all of our communities face. Many who have read the book have said the lessons that come from those stories are applicable to towns, but also to communities within organizations and businesses. He has been invited to speak all across North America, and continues to provide guidance and advice to communities that call on him.
His beautiful wife Sue and their two young boys, Brady and Austin, are incredibly supportive of Doug as he completes the final year of the Executive MBA program at the University of Alberta, writes the second edition of his best-selling book intended for US publication, and works to grow his business as he consults with communities, organizations, and other business. He fundamentally believes that success or failure ultimately comes down to your attitude and whether you are willing to adapt to or create change, which may be why his motto has long been, ‘There is Always a Way.’