My name is Caylan Ford, United Conservative Party candidate for Calgary-Mountain View.
To me, conservatism is about a love of home. It is a sense of gratitude and appreciation for the cultural, social, and natural inheritance that has been left to us, and a desire to preserve it—and hopefully improve upon it—for future generations.
As the mother of two young children, I’m deeply invested in the future of this province, and I am committed to ensuring that my daughters enjoy the same opportunities I had growing up here. The Alberta I know is a place where hard work is rewarded and individual liberty is safeguarded. It is also characterized by tremendous openness and generosity of spirit, and a remarkable natural environment. I want to make sure that it stays that way. That's why I believe in exercising fiscal responsibility, developing our economy, investing in education, and being conscientious stewards of the environment.
At a time of growing political polarization and accelerating social and economic change, we need leaders who can approach disagreements with compassion and intellectual humility, and who are committed to nuanced, thoughtful, and principled engagement while fighting for Alberta's interests. This is what I would bring to the table in 2019 and to the next provincial government.
If you want to get involved in my campaign, or if you’d like to share your priorities for the province, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me directly at 403 879 1977.
The constituency of Calgary-Mountain View encompasses the following communities: Briar Hill/Hounsfield Heights, Bridgeland, Capitol Hill, Crescent Heights, Hillhurst, Mount Pleasant, Renfrew, Rosedale, Sunnyside/Kensington, West Hillhurst, Westmount.
Born and raised in Calgary as a fourth-generation Albertan, Caylan developed a passion for public policy and community service at an early age.
She graduated from Alternative High School in southwest Calgary, and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Calgary while living in the Sunnyside neighbourhood. She then relocated to Washington DC to pursue a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University. More recently, she graduated with distinction from Oxford University with a Master’s degree in International Human Rights Law.
In 2012, Caylan was selected through the federal government’s Recruitment of Policy Leaders Program and began working as a senior policy advisor with Global Affairs Canada. She has represented Canada on delegations to the United Nations in Geneva and the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, and has been responsible for diverse files including innovation, internet governance, and non-proliferation and disarmament. Prior to joining the federal civil service, Caylan worked in the private and non-profit sectors, running a successful small business with her husband and working as a think tank research fellow in Washington DC.
Wherever possible, she has sought to integrate her work with an interest in promoting human freedom and dignity around the world. Caylan has spent over a decade working and volunteering in the human rights field as a researcher, advocate, and consultant, documenting rights violations and providing assistance to former prisoners of conscience and victims of torture. She recently wrote and co-produced an award-winning documentary, Letter from Masanjia, which screened at the Calgary International Film Festival earlier this year.
After working and studying across Canada and abroad, Caylan returned to Calgary to raise her two young children, hoping to give them the same opportunities that she was fortunate to have growing up. When she’s not working or spending time with her family, Caylan enjoys hiking in the Rocky Mountains, reading, and playing cello poorly.
"Caylan Ford has my full support to be our next UCP candidate and MLA. Caylan brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, and she will be an effective voice for her constituents; her role as a parent simply rounds out that experience. We are fortunate to have such an accomplished young woman running. She is the only candidate who can win Calgary-Mountain View for the UCP. "
2017 Mayoral Candidate, Past PC Party President, Calgary-Mountain View Resident
"I am pleased to join friends in Calgary-Mountain View in supporting Caylan Ford for the UCP nomination. Caylan is exactly the sort of candidate we need: a knowledgeable and experienced conservative who can appeal to a new generation of voters. She is committed to listening to her constituents and representing them with integrity. With Caylan as the candidate, we can earn the trust of voters in Calgary-Mountain View. She will be a phenomenal MLA, and I look forward to serving with her in the legislature."
UCP Candidate for Calgary-Elbow
"I first met Caylan through our mutual interest in human rights and international affairs, and was deeply impressed by her intellect and her passion for public policy. Caylan offers a compelling vision of what conservative politics could be — thoughtful, principled, and informed by a disposition of gratitude and humility. She has the judgement and the experience to be a powerful voice in the next Alberta government, and it is without hesitation that I endorse her as the UCP representative for Calgary-Mountain View."
Member of Parliament for Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan
"Caylan Ford is the clear conservative choice for Calgary-Mountain View. She offers an impressive combination of academic smarts and real life policy experience, while also being a mother to two children. She and her husband Jared are exactly the kind of folks who reflect the priorities of people in Calgary Mountain View, and she has what it takes to ensure that constituents are heard. Please join me in supporting the best conservative candidate and the only candidate who can win Calgary-Mountain View for the UCP."
UCP Candidate for Calgary-Acadia
“I know Caylan—she's bright, kind, hardworking, and she deeply cares about Alberta and the people who live here. I believe she will be a great MLA and the people of Calgary-Mountain View would be lucky to have her. ”
Former MLA and Solicitor General of Alberta
“Caylan Ford would be an excellent addition to Jason Kenney's UCP team. A former small business owner, she is a self-starter who understands how government and taxation can help or hinder job creation. From her years in the federal government, she knows how the policy process works. Her many years of education prove that once she sets her mind to something, she will see it through to completion. I hope you'll join me in supporting Caylan for the UCP nomination in Calgary-Mountain View.”
MLA for Calgary-Hays
“Please join me in supporting Caylan Ford, the clear choice for Calgary-Mountain View. Caylan is passionate about public service, and has a deep understanding of conservative principals. She has dedicated her life to defending human freedom and dignity, but is also a small business owner, international affairs expert, wife and mother to two wonderful daughters. I know she can reach out to new voters while staying true to our rock solid conservative first principles. She has the experience and judgement that we need in government.”
MLA for Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills
"I would like to endorse Caylan Ford as the UCP candidate in Calgary - Mountain View. She has the passion, commitment and conviction to be a strong contributor to Jason Kenney's UCP team. She is thoughtful and focused on making common sense decisions that improve quality of life in our communities and province for today and future generations. Caylan's deep understanding that ALL Albertans will benefit from getting our province's finances and economy back on track, will make her the ideal person to represent the UCP as a candidate in the next election and serve the citizens of Calgary - Mountain View in the Alberta Legislature. She has fresh perspective and that's what we need!"
Former PC MLA, Calgary-Klein
"When I first met Caylan I was blown away by her passion for public service, her extensive experience and her intelligence. It’s exciting to have such a talented woman put her name forward for the United Conservative Party nomination. In the provincial election next spring, the NDP and the Liberals will be mounting tough campaigns here. In order to win Mountain View, the UCP needs a candidate who is experienced, articulate, and dedicated to serving the community. Without question that candidate is Caylan Ford. If you want a conservative representative in 2019, Caylan Ford is the clear choice. Please join me in supporting her to be our UCP nominee and next conservative MLA."
Calgary businesswoman, former CPC nomination candidate, and resident of Calgary-Mountain View