Mr. Loke was born and raised in Ontario. At the age of 16, he enlisted in the military, and served with distinction for the next 30 years all over the world in a variety of roles.
Despite wounds sustained in the mid-east conflict in the early 1990s, Mr. Loke continued to serve, retiring into civilian life in 1995. He worked full-time in the successful construction and renovation business he had established in Moose Jaw in 1991, and succeeded in attracting many high profile clients, including Walmart and Sears Canada. As well, Mr. Loke’s talent for business development saw him partnering in a number of unique business ventures, including Powertime Ltd, a company building electrified parking meters.
With his children grown up, Mr. Loke moved to La Ronge, where he now resides. Since moving, he has been heavily involved in building the local community, including in his role as a Town Councilor, where he was instrumental in driving home a number of important infrastructure initiatives, such as the building of regional water treatment facility. He has been a strong advocate of local business and housing development, working as an advisor and as a consultant to a number of innovative northern business developments, such as the award winning Ainsi Gravel Crushing business. Additionally, Mr. Loke was instrumental in building several new homes in the La Ronge.
Al Loke is the former Chief Executive Officer of New North SANC Services, a non-profit municipal organization in northern Saskatchewan, a position he held for 14 years, with a five-year break from 2006-2011 when he worked for the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure. In this role, Mr. Loke liaised with the highest levels of government in Saskatchewan in promoting the interests of northern communities.
Al owns and operates Al’s Renovations and Developments (628585 Sask. Ltd). His company has been running since 1991. He is presently in the business of developing a Gateway Business Park (Gateway Properties Inc.) in the Town of La Ronge, in addition to other commercial developments in the Town of La Ronge, Village of Air Ronge and Lake La Ronge Indian Band.
In his spare time, Al enjoys the abundant recreational lifestyle the north has to offer, including boating in summer and snowmobiling in winter.