Harvey Cenaiko

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Harvey Cenaiko
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
March 12, 2001 – March 3, 2008
Preceded byGary Dickson
Succeeded byKent Hehr
Alberta Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security
In office
November 25, 2004 – December 15, 2006
Preceded byHeather Forsyth
Succeeded byFred Lindsay
Personal details
Born (1956-07-15) July 15, 1956 (age 62)
Wakaw, Saskatchewan
Political partyProgressive Conservative Association of Alberta
Alma materUniversity of Saskatchewan
ProfessionPolice officer

Harvey Cenaiko (born July 15, 1956 in Wakaw, Saskatchewan) of Ukrainian heritage is a former police officer and one-time Solicitor General[1] and Minister of Public Safety for the Province of Alberta. Cenaiko was elected to his second term as Member of the Legislative Assembly for the riding of Calgary-Buffalo on November 22, 2004. On November 25, 2004, he was sworn in as Alberta's Solicitor General. He did not seek re-election in the 2008 election.

Early life[edit]

After graduating from high school in Wakaw, Cenaiko attended the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, then moved west to Calgary where he began training with the Calgary Police Service.

Cenaiko served 25 years with the Calgary Police Service; 15 of those years were spent walking the beat and working (in both uniform and undercover) in downtown Calgary. At the time of his retirement, he was an Inspector with the Bureau of Community Policing Services. Cenaiko was recognized with a Chief's Commendation Award for his undercover work with the Calgary Police Service. He was also awarded the Police Exemplary Service Medal from the Governor General, and the Long Service Medal from the Government of Alberta.

Member of the Legislative Assembly[edit]

In addition to his role as MLA, Cenaiko has acted as a member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and the Standing Policy Committee on Justice and Government Services. Cenaiko also chaired the Ambulance Advisory and Appeal Board and the Alberta Vehicle Theft Committee. In addition, Cenaiko was a member of the MLA Policing Review Committee and the Government MLA Committee Considering a Review of the Labour Relations Code.

In 2002/2003, he also chaired the Review of Ambulance Service Delivery and the Child Welfare Act Review. The Child Welfare Act Review, which culminated in the Strengthening Children, Families and Youth Report, formed the bases for a new Child Welfare Amendment Act as well as the Family Support for Children With Disabilities Act.

Harvey is now the Chair of the National Parole Board of Canada.

Community work[edit]

Cenaiko's past community work includes board involvement with the Calgary Regional Health Authority, Kerby Centre Shelter for Abused Seniors, as well as numerous police-related community and provincial committees. He is presently a:

  • Member, British Air Commonwealth Memorial Statue Committee;
  • Member, Lougheed Residence Advisory Board; and
  • Honorary Member, Naval Officers Association of Canada.


  1. ^ "Cenaiko's plan on police policing a good beginning". Edmonton Journal via Canada.com. 13 July 2006. Archived from the original on 10 November 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2011.