Born in Claresholm, Alberta, Ted Menzies grew up on his family’s farm in the rolling prairies and foothills west of Claresholm.
Shortly after high school, Ted married his wife Sandy. For nearly 30 years, Ted and Sandy operated Section One Farm Ltd., where they produced wheat, barley, canola, field peas, lentils, chickpeas and spice crops. Ted was an early adopter of new technologies such as zero-tillage to conserve valuable soil and moisture, global positioning for improved efficiency, and hand held computers for record keeping.
In the late 1990s, Ted became heavily involved in the business of agriculture and international trade. His work with the Grain Growers of Canada, Western Canadian Wheat Growers, the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, and the federal Agriculture, Food and Beverage Sectoral Advisory Group on International Trade (SAGIT) gave him the chance to work with and build coalitions with diverse groups on issues that were often international in scope, with direct impact on his neighbours in Alberta and the rest of Canada.
With this experience, Ted came to Parliament Hill with a strong background in agriculture, and international trade. Since his election to the House of Commons in June 2004, Ted has served in many positions including Official Opposition Critic for International Trade and International Cooperation, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance. Most recently, Ted served as Minister of State (Finance) from January 2011 to July 2013.
Always active, Ted continues to represent his constituents on Parliament Hill and at events in Ottawa. He is proud to work hard on behalf of his constituents, and enjoys attending events in the riding of Macleod. Ted splits his time between the riding of Macleod and Ottawa.
Ted and Sandy have raised two children Michael and Kari, and are proud of their five grandchildren.