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Mike Shaikh

Mike Shaikh

Canadian politician
Mike Shaikh
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Canadian politician
Is Politician
From Canada
Type Politics
Gender male
Birth 2 July 1948, Pakistan, Pakistan
Age: 72 years
Star sign CancerCancer
The details


Mike Shaikh is a Senator-in-Waiting for Alberta and past Chair of the Calgary Police Commission from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Professionally, he is a chartered accountant having run an accounting practice for over 30 years. He is on the board of directors for three public companies as well as several private companies and not-for-profits.

Police Commission

Mike is the past Chairman of the Calgary Police Commission as well as a former member of the Canadian Association of Police Boards and the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team where he was a driving force behind the national strategy for crime prevention.


Mike Shaikh is past Board of Governors and past Senator of the University of Calgary. Previous roles on non profit boards include Director of Chartered Accountants Education Foundation, President of Kiwanis Club of Calgary, Director of Calgary Parking Authority Director for Canadian Air Transport Security Authority and Governor of Alberta Securities Commission.

Current non-profit governance roles include Director of the Alberta Children's Hospital. 

Founding member of People for Progress Foundation, whose mandate is to achieve sustainable development of essential resources in developing countries by empowering impoverished individuals and communities through education, leadership and partnership. Shaikh is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Education Matters, a trust for Calgary Board of Education. Shaikh is a donor to cardiology research at the University of Calgary and Alberta Children's Hospital.


Shaikh was a Progressive Conservative candidate in the 2012 Alberta Senate nominee election for one of three "Senator-in-Waiting" positions. He received 308,339 votes and secured the third and final available position. Due to the requirement that Senators retire upon reaching the age of 75 there will be at least three Senate vacancies from Alberta during Shaikh's eight-year term. The third vacancy is expected to occur following the projected retirement of Betty Unger on August 8, 2018. Whether or not Shaikh is appointed depends on whether the federal government in office at that time is willing to honour the results of Alberta's non-binding election as appointments to the Senate are the prerogative of the Prime Minister of Canada. The former Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, had pledged to appoint Alberta nominees to vacant positions.

Committees & boards

Shaikh currently serves as

  • Chair of Education Matters, a Calgary public school trust
  • Director of Alberta Children's Hospital
  • Founding member of People for Progress Foundation
  • Director of:
    • Hawk Exploration
    • Spyglass Resources Ltd.
    • Amica – a national company providing retirement homes

Past roles

  • Senator for the University of Calgary
  • Director of Canadian Association of Police Boards
  • Director of Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team
  • Director of Calgary Parking Authority
  • Director of Alberta Securities Commission
  • President of Kiwanis Club of Calgary
  • Director of Calgary Police Commission
  • Director of Canadian Air Transport Security Authority
  • Director of Alberta Securities Commission


  • Distinguished alumni of University of Calgary MAX award
  • Order of University of Calgary
  • Fellow of Chartered Accountant
  • Integrity award by Rotary International
  • Centennial Medal for Outstanding service
  • Premier Klein Leader Service award
  • Premier Stelmach Service Recognition award.
  • Jubilee Diamond Award
  • Citizen of the Year, City of Calgary


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Article Title: Mike Shaikh: Canadian politician - Biography and Life
Author(s): PeoplePill.com Editorial Staff
Website Title: PeoplePill
Publisher: PeoplePill
Article URL: https://peoplepill.com/people/mike-shaikh/
Publish Date: 26 Dec 2016
Last Update Date: 30 Nov 2019
Date Accessed: 05 Aug 2020
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