About Martin Shields
After a three-decade long career in education and 10 years of public service in local government, Martin Shields wishes to continue to serve his constituents, this time as Member of Parliament for the newly created Bow River riding.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Arts and prior to his career in politics, Martin served as a teacher and school administrator for 30 years. He was also a part time University instructor for 20 years.
Martin believes a life in politics is a natural extension from his career in education. In 2004 he was first elected to serve as councillor on City of Brooks council. In 2007 he was elected as Mayor of Brooks, a position he has easily held through succeeding municipal elections.
Martin has been living in Brooks with his family for 38 years and is committed to the success and quality of the community. His involvement through the years includes various organizations such as the Alberta Library Trustees Association (board member), the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (vice-president), the Shortgrass Regional Library System Board (vice-chair), Palliser Regional Health Board (vice-chair), Palliser Area Health Advisory Committee (vice-chair), and the Bow River Basin Council.
Martin serves as Deputy Chair of the Conservative Party’s Alberta Caucus, and as a member of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage and Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations.
In September 2018, Martin was appointed Deputy Shadow Minister of Canadian Heritage