Student Kent Hehr, 21 left hockey practice with some of his fellow Mount Royal College Cougars. A year or so previous, he played with the Calgary Canucks, a team that clinched the Alberta Junior Hockey League championship title – the prized Carling O’Keefe Trophy. That night’s practice was not unusual in any way. As Kent and his buddies made their way home however, Kent became a victim of a drive-by shooting, leaving him quadriplegic at the C5 level. Hehr says “It was one of those random acts of violence that shouldn’t have happened, but nevertheless it did, and life goes on.” That was October 1991.
Fast forward to 2014. Kent is the two-term provincial Member of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary Buffalo, a well-known personality in Calgary, he was named one of the “20 most compelling Calgarians to watch” in 2008 by the Calgary Herald, one of the “Top 40 under 40” by Calgary Inc. Magazine in 2006; and was named “Graduate of the Last Decade” by the University of Calgary Alumni Association in 2005. He has been a member of the Downtown Rotary Club since 2009.
Before entering politics, Kent was a lawyer at the national law firm of Fraser Milner Casgrain. He built his reputation as a community leader through public service with a wide variety of organizations including the Downtown West Community Association, the United Way of Calgary, the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta), and the City of Calgary's Advisory Committee on Accessibility.
As the critic for Treasury Board and Finance, Kent believes that if Alberta’s future is going to be as bright as it’s past, we need to look at the current fiscal structure and ask if it can be sustainable in the long term. In the Legislature, Kent also focuses his efforts on assuring that all students have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential through a vibrant education system. Kent is passionate about the roles he has taken on which includes being the critic for Education, Energy, Enterprise and Advanced Education, Treasury Board and Finance, Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour, and International and Intergovernmental Relations for the Alberta Liberal Caucus.
Kent lives in downtown Calgary and enjoys spending time with his nephews Parker, Marshall, Jackson and his niece Charlotte. Kent is a man who has learned to take life as it comes, and does so with humor, grace and deep conviction.
Email : Kent.Hehr@parl.gc.ca
Last Update : 2015-11-12