About Cole Kander
Cole was born and raised in Red Deer. He has traveled to more than 30 countries he can never get enough of Alberta filled with its gorgeous landscapes and amazing people. He wants to see Alberta get back its legacy of fiscal responsibility and caring for society's most vulnerable.
His father passed away due to liver failure in 2013. Experiencing the difficulties of our health care system first hand left a deep impression on Cole. He saw our health system fail to properly deal with patient information. He knew that changes needed to be made. When a patient is transferred from one hospital to another and key information related to the well-being of a patient is lost, he knew that the system was flawed.
Along with being raised by his father, he was also raised by two moms who have been together for over 20 years and married in 2011. Through their example he has learned what the true meaning of love is. He is a strong ally of the LGBT community and his moms.
In 2017 Cole married the love of his life, Rikki, whom he met at university. She is an artist who loves to paint, craft, and cosplay. They have two fur-babies together, a bunny named Popcorn and a puppy named Butters.
After graduating high school through homeschooling, he went to Red Deer College for aviation and received his private pilot’s license. After working for a few years in sales he went back to university for his Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies at the University of Alberta.
He is an avid powerlifter having competed here in Alberta. Cole is a strong advocate for healthier living. He has backpacked around the world and taken much of what he has learned from the people around the world and incorporated into who he is today.
Cole has extensive political experience. He has been a volunteer coordinator, president of his local Wildrose Constituency Association, worked for MP Blaine Calkins in Ottawa, worked in the Wildrose head office for the 2015 election, and worked on the Unity campaign. For the last 2.5 years he has worked for the Wildrose and UCP doing policy research and stakeholder outreach.