Harper, a graduate of the University of Calgary in economics, also led the National Citizens Coalition for five years after serving as a Reform party MP from 1993 until 1997.
Also known for his love of hockey and for being something of a hockey historian, Harper published a book in 2013 about the early days of professional hockey in Toronto.
Four others from the Calgary region are receiving the honour, including:
- Max Foran, Priddis
- Joe Lukacs, Calgary
- Claudette Tardif, Calgary
- Stella Thompson, Calgary
Additionally, Jim Carter and Angus Watt out of Edmonton, along with Audrey McFarlane from Cold Lake will also receive the honour.
A ceremony will be held in Edmonton this coming October to welcome the eight new faces to the Alberta Order of Excellence, which will rise to 212 members.
“These outstanding Albertans have enriched our collective journey through their dedication, innovation and leadership. May their stories inspire us all to build vibrant and compassionate communities,” said Lt.-Gov. Salma Lakhani in a press release.