"Here, in the heartland of the nation, may we always be a people with heart." - Lorne Calvert

Lorne Calvert

Politics, Government and Influence Expert

Lorne Calvert is an entertaining and humourous presenter. He can address most topics related to economics and the growth of social programs in conjunction with economic growth. He is an experienced expert that is highly qualified in his topics. Audiences will trust his experiences and his advice as he has acquired firsthand knowledge through his undoubtedly successful career.

Joined with a deep love of community and the Province of Saskatchewan, two paths have dominated the career and vocation of Lorne Calvert: faith and politics. He has served as a United Church minister, Member of the Legislature, Cabinet Minister, Saskatchewan’s thirteenth Premier and serves today as Principal of St. Andrew’s College at the University of Saskatchewan.

Lorne Calvert was born in a working class neighbourhood of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and earned his undergraduate degree in economics at the University of Regina. Diverting from a planned study of law, Lorne sensed a call to the ministry of the United Church of Canada. Lorne earned his post-graduate degree in theology at St. Andrew’s College and was ordained in 1976. For a decade, he served as United Church minister in Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan and at Zion United in Moose Jaw.

Lorne Calvert began his political career in 1986 with the New Democrat Party. Elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature as MLA for Moose Jaw South to serve in the opposition caucus with Alan Blakeney. Then in 1991, Lorne continued his political career, elected to the government led by Roy Romanow. He worked tirelessly through the years of severe fiscal crisis to restore fiscal stability to the Province of Saskatchewan.

As Associate, and then Minister of Health, Lorne shared in a major reorganization of health delivery in Saskatchewan with the establishment of regional health delivery and the introduction of a ‘wellness’ model for health outcomes. As Minister of Social Services, Lorne Calvert led the introduction of ‘Building Independence’- a program described as the most significant reform of the social welfare system in the Saskatchewan for over 35 years. ‘Building Independence’ sought to provide new opportunities for family independence from assistance, breaking down the ‘welfare wall’, making available new health supports for families and a modern simplistic process for those requiring assistance. Several thousand children and families were able to move from dependence to independence because of the leading reforms of Lorne.

Setting his sights to higher levels, Lorne won a vigorously contested race to succeed Roy Romanow as leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party. He went on to become the Premier of Saskatchewan in 2001 leading the minority government for the New Democrats.

Lorne Calvert firmly believed and still believes that social progress does not exist without economic progress and vice versa; that economic progress will therefore not progress without equalizing social progress. Premier Calvert therefore focused his agenda on growth in the provincial economy.

Some policies included:

  • Tax and royalty changes to encourage resource development
  • Investment in sustainable energy
  • International and national marketing campaigns
  • Introduction of new immigration policies
  • Fostering of new economic activities
  • Investments in education and training.

The results instilled a significant economic change in Saskatchewan despite relatively low resource prices, drought in the grains sector, BSE in the cattle industry and challenges in forestry. Saskatchewan’s economy rebounded and the province’s population began to grow. As a result, the foundations of Saskatchewan’s current growth and prosperity were born.

Utilizing his social and economic correlation philosophy, Lorne initiated infrastructure investments, created an environmental trust fund for the Province of Saskatchewan and expanded drug coverage for seniors. He also made minimum wage improvements, developed province wide pre-kindergarten and community schools, established literacy programs and invested in heavily post-secondary education. Because of his unique political career, Lorne can asses most industries and provide practical solutions for social programming, public policy, business industries and Government relations.

In 2009, Lorne Calvert gave up his seat in the Legislature to the community as the Principal of St. Andrew’s College. Lorne is married to Betty Calvert a former professional figure skater, marketing administrative professional and photographer. They share the joy of two children and two grandchildren. Above all, Lorne is personable and down to earth. His presentations are full of funny stories and experiences from his past. As a result, audiences easily grasp his strategic insights and practical advice.

Topic Presentations

Having occupied elected office for nearly a quarter of century, Lorne Calvert has seen a host of groups and individuals approaching and seeking to influence government. He offers a practical guide to what to do and not do in shaping public policy, influencing elected officials and making your case to government. Lorne’s presentation is invaluable to any group seeking to change things for the better – no matter where they live and work.

What makes Saskatchewan tick? Each summer as Premier Lorne Calvert engaged in a province-wide tour with elected colleagues in a chartered bus. Premier Calvert made use of these road trips to form a unique perspective of Saskatchewan and its specific distinctions when comparing Saskatchewan to other provinces or lands. Let Lorne share his views and snapshots of Saskatchewan from the days and nights on the bus and his reflections on how far Saskatchewan has come and what direction it should follow to build a better future for its Saskatchewan, Canada and the World.

As Premier of Saskatchewan, Lorne Calvert shared in the establishment of the Council of the Federation, debates with the Federal Government over equalization in Canada, and the shifting economic strength of the regions of Canada. He presents on the changing role of the Provinces and the regions, particularly the West, in the Canada emerging in the 21st Century. His unique grasp of recent economic shifts gives audiences everywhere a better understanding of the “New West” and the new realities that are shaping the future of Canada.

The question most frequently asked to Lorne Calvert in public life was “Why would you give up the pulpit for politics?” Lorne Calvert reflects on the questions of faith, public service and partisan politics in contemporary Saskatchewan and Canada. Above all, Lorne is a deeply religious man. Learn how he harnesses his religious beliefs to make a better world, to grow people and to grow spiritually.

Lorne has a deep appreciation for the importance of the fiscal and economic stability of a community. It is essential to its ongoing health, welfare and growth. Through his extensive experience in government, Lorne Calvert presents a passionate argument that more than economics define the true wealth of a community. Its primary resource is its human resource. It is most important and sustaining medium for wealth is its people. Lorne explains the “hard” lessons he learned and how they apply to most of what we do, how we do it, and how we succeed personally, professionally and in our communities.

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