Devinder Shory was born in Barnala, Punjab, India as the second-youngest of eight children. Before moving to Canada, he earned his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelors of Law degrees from Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab, India.
After coming to Canada and to support his family, Devinder did whatever it took including unloading linen trucks, driving a taxi and working in a video store.
Finally in 1997, Devinder was able to return to his passion of law, and Alberta was the province that gave the Shory family this opportunity. As a staunch believer in the power of entrepreneurship, Devinder set up his own general law practice in Calgary Northeast after being called to the bar in 1998.
Besides his law practice, Devinder became involved in giving back to his community. As he had personally experienced many of the hurdles faced by new Canadians, Devinder made it a habit in his law practice to point students and foreign-qualified individuals in the right direction. He was recognized for the contribution of his free legal guidance through the Law Society of Alberta.
Devinder also served on the Conservative boards of Calgary East and Calgary Northeast, on the board of the India Canada Association and in many capacities for the world class Genesis Centre from the very beginning, including Chair of the Fund Development Committee.
In October 2008, Northeast Calgarians elected Devinder to the House of Commons as their representative. In 2011, they re-elected Devinder with an even greater percentage of the popular vote.
Today, Devinder is proud to serve as a Member of the International Trade Committee as well as the Human Resources and Skills Development Committee. He also proudly serves as a very active co-chair of the Canada India Parliamentary Friendship Association, along with being involved in numerous other parliamentary organizations.
In solving many of the world’s current challenges, Devinder believes the key to greater prosperity is the reduction of red tape and artificial trade barriers between nations. As such, leading immigrants and business professionals around the world with ties to their countries of birth truly hold the key to the success or failure for trade negotiations.
Devinder is a recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal and the Diamond Jubilee medal, and he has been recognized many times for his community leadership. His philosophy remains that whether we were born here, flew here, drove here or sailed here, Canada opens her arms to all who work hard, play by the rules and focus on making Canada an even better place for future generations. We shouldn’t only look for our Canadian rights; we should look for our responsibilities and embrace them.
Devinder is married to Neetu, and they are blessed with three wonderful children: Jatin, Chetan and Arisha.