Laurie was born on Mother's Day, 1947 and raised in Winnipeg.
Laurie joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1964 and received his pilot wings and Queen's Commission in Gimli, Manitoba in January 1967. He flew the T-33 Silver Star as an Instructor Pilot and several fighters as a Tactical Fighter Pilot and Instructor. These included the CF-5 Freedom Fighter, CF-104 Starfighter, and CF-18 Hornet.
In thirty years in the Air Force, Laurie rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He held many high profile senior staff positions, commanded a CF-18 Tactical Fighter Squadron and was the operational commander at 4 Wing Cold Lake, supervising six squadrons, 1,800 personnel, multi-million dollar budgets, and multi-billion dollar assets. He has served in Europe and many parts of Canada.
Upon retirement in 1994, Laurie entered the financial services business. He has successfully managed branch offices and held senior supervisory positions in this highly regulated and very demanding industry.
Laurie has been very involved in his community. His first project after retirement was as Executive Director of the highly successful 1996 Edmonton International Air Show. He has served as a Director of the Cold Lake Credit Union, as a Director of the Canadian Institute of Management (Cold Lake Chapter), and on the Advisory Board of Masakhane College in Cold Lake.
Laurie has been active with the 20,000 member Air Force Association of Canada, serving as Honourary President of Alberta Group and winning the honour of 2002 Member of the Year for Alberta Group. He is a member and frequent contributor to the Council for Canadian Security in the 21st Century. Laurie also served as the Honourary Colonel for 417 Combat Support Squadron for five years.
Laurie joined the Reform Party of Canada in 1993, and has most recently served two years as President of the Constituency Association for the Canadian Alliance in Edmonton Southwest.
Laurie was nominated as the Canadian Alliance Candidate for Edmonton West in June 2003. An aggressive door-to-door campaign was launched to meet constituents and fund-raising from across Canada and beyond was very successful.
On February 28th, Laurie was officially acclaimed as the Conservative Party of Canada candidate for Edmonton Centre. Campaign activities have accelerated rapidly and the team's door-knocking efforts are at over 12,000 doors and counting. Laurie and the team are more than ready to take on Deputy Prime Minister whenever her boss musters up the courage to call an election.
Laurie and his wife of thirty-five years, Judy, have two grown children, Jennifer and Robert.