Chris Shade was elected as Chief of the Blood Tribe, which is part of the Blackfoot Confederacy, on November 1996 and was successfully re-elected in 2000. He was elected to the Office of Grand Chief of Treaty 7 in 2000 and continues to be a representative of Treaty 7. He also sits on numerous Boards and Chiefs Committees.
Prior to his election as Chief, he was the Senior Executive Officer for Blood Tribe Department of Health Inc., where he was instrumental in advancing the health care services of the Blood Tribe. Chris was also the Financial Comptroller for the Blood Tribe and was employed with Edmonton Power as an accountant.
He attended Lethbridge Community College and studied business and finance. He continued these studies at the University of Alberta. As part of his personal development he also studied scripture.
He has retained his cultural values and speaks Blackfoot fluently. His volunteer activities include involvement in the church and youth organizations.
Over the past few years, Mr. Shade has worked with the federal Liberal party and the current government to advance and lobby the issues of constituents of Macleod. This includes bringing this country's top leaders to the region to discuss issues of local and national importance.
Mr. Shade was influential in bringing Prime Minster Paul Martin, Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan and Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Bob Speller to the region to meet with local communities and to engage in discussion, dialogue and action.
Mr. Shade is married and has three children and six grandchildren.