Born and raised in Edmonton, Deron Bilous grew up in a proudly Ukrainian home, an upbringing that gave him an appreciation for Alberta’s diversity. After attaining a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta, he taught and mentored students at Edmonton’s Inner City High School, where he got a first-hand look at the challenges facing Alberta’s education system. This experience inspired him to run for office so that he could help address those issues.
Deron lives in the historic neighbourhood of Beverly and has represented the constituents of Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview as their MLA since 2012. He was honoured to be re-elected to a third term in 2019.
A champion for Alberta workers and business, Deron served as Alberta’s 15th Minister of Economic Development & Trade from 2015-2019, and previously served as Minister of Service Alberta and Minister of Municipal Affairs. He currently serves as a member of the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future.
Before entering politics, Deron also worked in Quebec, Tunisia and China on a number of projects with Canada World Youth, a volunteer youth program that focuses on international development.