Graham is a born and raised Calgarian with close connections to the U of C. He is the son of two University Alumni, who first met in Craigie Hall in the 1970s while attending University. Graham spent his formative years on campus alongside his parents who worked at the Nickle Art Museum (Now Nickle Gallery) and the Bennett Jones Law Library.
Graham studied Television Broadcasting at Algonquin College and Political Science at Carleton University, both in Ottawa. During this time he would participate in various placements including with “Army News,” which provided biweekly news broadcasts for the Canadian Armed Forces.
Graham has a diverse professional background, managing people and projects in complex and fast-paced environments. He has frontline experience through senior roles in industry, not for profit, and government.
In 2008, Graham returned to Calgary where he managed several restaurants. During this time Graham would help curate many community initiatives, including fundraising efforts with the Special Olympics, and the Red Cross, with support from the Calgary Stampeders, during the 2013 Flood Relief.
In 2015 Graham was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary-Shaw. During this time he served as chair for the Standing Committee on Alberta's Economic Future, which was responsible for reviewing the budget and legislation including abolishing daylight saving time. Graham successfully advocated for investment in his communities through many government efforts including funding for the University of Calgary’s MacKimmie Complex, the development of the SW ring road, and the reduction of light population to support the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory.
In 2017, Graham was appointed as Vice-President of the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) where he served two years. In this role Graham informed the adoption of mutually beneficial policies and represented Alberta on the North American stage, including finding common ground with US lawmakers on the renegotiation of NAFTA (now the USMCA).
Following his time in office, Graham now provides outreach and stakeholder relations support for the tech not-for-profit Cybera, which operates the research and education network for Alberta’s post secondary institutions. In his role Graham curates the annual Cyber Summit and fosters strong relationships with startups and tech entrepreneurs.
Graham is an avid Roughriders and Dinos football fan, rarely missing a game.
Graham resides in SW Calgary with his four children and his Partner Jen.