Member of Parliament
John Barlow is the Member of Parliament for the beautiful riding of Macleod, Alberta. Before being elected to office in 2014, John was serving as the Associate Publisher and Editor for the Okotoks Western Wheel, and had been with them for almost 17 years. He was also the Senior Editor Southern Alberta for Greatwest Newspapers overseeing the editorial departments in four newspapers including Cochrane, Rockyview, Okotoks and Airdrie.
For the past four years John has been a valued member of the Journalism Advisory Boards at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and Mount Royal University. John has won numerous professional awards including the 2008 and 2009 Telus Excellence in Editorial Awards, 2012 Gordon Scott Memorial Award, Okotoks and District Chamber of Commerce Service Excellence Award and many Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association and Newspapers Canada awards.
John has a passion for community, and before becoming Member of Parliament he served as the vice-president of the Okotoks Rotary Pub Club, chair of the Foothills Highland Games, a member of the Friends of the Junior A Oilers and Okotoks Junior A Oilers board of directors, chair of the High Country Sports Facility Fundraising Society, communications director for the Firefit Games, member of the Okotoks Library Board, and a member of the Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association committee.
John and Louise have raised their three children, Graeden, 23, Kinley 20, and McKenna, 15, in High River and have lived in Okotoks for the past 10 years. Louise grew up in High River where her family owned and operated Highland Bakery and later Ross’ Bakery.