Dan Wicklum was born in Edmonton, Alberta 39 years ago. When he was 10 years old, he family moved to a farm in the Perth area. Mr. Wicklum attended St. Johnís School and Perth and District Collegiate Institute. He went on to graduate from the University of Guelph with a B.Sc.
He played football for Guelph and won several awards, including Most Improved Player, Most Valuable Player, Sportsman of the Year and Athlete of the Year. He went on to the University of Calgary and received his Masters in Science.
He received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Biology and Ecology from the University of Montana, where he was a post-doctorate scholar and an assistant professor (research).
Mr. Wicklum is a former CFL player and was a first round draft pick for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. In 1988, he helped them to win the Grey Cup. He was Winnipegís Schenley Nominee for Rookie of the Year. He later joined the Calgary Stampeders in the 1989 equalization draft, twice being named Special Teams Player of the Year. He retired from football in 1992.
In 2000, Mr. Wicklum became a senior policy advisor for the Honourable Ralph Goodale, then Government House Leader. He is currently Executive Director or the Canadian Forest Innovation Council.
Mr. Wicklum and his wife Sonja live in Almonte with their 2 children, Ali and Connor.