Tariq Elnaga is a world traveler, and in 2010, his adventures brought him to Alberta for the Calgary Stampede. This was a life-changer for Tariq. He returned to his home and birthplace in the United Arab Emirates, sold his house, resigned from his job, and in 2012, moved to Alberta to embrace the Western way of life.
During his first week as a new immigrant to Canada, specifically in his new home of Airdrie, AB, Tariq joined the Airdrie & District Ag Society as a volunteer and embraced his new life and community.
Since it was the spirit of the West that drew Tariq to Alberta, he didn’t waste any time getting involved and began volunteering at rodeos and agriculture events. Professionally, Tariq began working in the Oil & Gas sector given his background in engineering and HR while learning how to ride horses and rope.
Diving into his new-found passion, Tariq bought his own horse and took up team roping, a sport in which he now competes as he continues to add more horses to his “string”.
In 2016, Tariq became a proud Canadian citizen.
However, as a concerned new Canadian, Tariq quickly learned how unfairly the West is treated by Ottawa, especially in the two main areas of his life: oil and gas and agriculture. There is little or no representation, voice or respect for these and other Western-based industries.
Not one to sit on the sidelines, Tariq reached out to the Maverick Party in hopes of running as a candidate in his home riding of Banff-Airdrie. Tariq found a home with his fellow “Maverick’s” who believe in a common sense approach to government, while advocating for the industries so important to the West.
Today, Tariq is the owner of a ranch services business and runs his own HR consulting practice. He holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and an MBA. In terms of community involvement, Tariq is the current Vice President of the Cochrane Roping Club, he’s the Chute Experience Director with the Airdrie Pro Rodeo and a member of the Airdrie and District Ag Society.
Tariq looks forward to working hard and representing the residents of Banff-Airdrie at home and in Ottawa.