Lyle Carlstrom was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta. He grew up on a farm at Bear Canyon and received his high school education at Fairview. After graduation, he attended the Grande Prairie Regional College and obtained a Diploma in Liberal Studies. In 1982, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta, and in 1986 he graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Laws Degree. He was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1987.
Mr. Carlstrom joined the firm of Kay, Shipley McVey & Smith in 1990. He was instrumental in opening branch offices for the firm in Fairview and Sexsmith. He has been a member of the Canadian Bar Association since 1983 and is a strong supporter of public legal education.
He has taught with Athabasca University, Fairview College, Grande Prairie Regional College, and helped create The Estate & Financial Planning Institute. He presently serves as an adviser to the Commerce Faculty, the Alumni/Foundation and the Students' Association at the Grande Prairie Regional College.
Mr.Carlstrom has volunteered with several organizations like the United Way, the United Church, and the Canadian Bar Association.
Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors of Grande Prairie Little Theatre, the 1995 Canada Winter Games Host Society, The Community Foundation of Greater Grande Prairie and The Multi-Sport Development Centre.
He is married to Shannon Nelson and they have three children.