Minister responsible for Rural and Remote Health
MLA for Yorkton
Greg was first elected as the MLA for Yorkton in the 2007 provincial election and was re-elected in 2011 and 2016. He is a long-time resident of Yorkton and a man who has always been involved in his community. Born in Regina, Greg has lived in Yorkton for most of his life. Prior to being elected, Greg owned and operated Ottenbreit Waste Systems, a private environmental and waste disposal business. He is an avid motorsports enthusiast and commercial pilot.
Greg has been married to his high school sweetheart, Leone, for more than 32 years. Greg and Leone have two daughters, Katelin and Rayanne, as well as, a son in law, Austin Krahenbil, a granddaughter, Wynnslet, and a second grandchild is expected in April 2018.
In 1998, the couple started "Brayden Ottenbreit Close Cuts for Cancer" – an event that encourages volunteers to shave their heads to raise money for cancer research and local initiatives. The charity is named in honour of their son, Brayden, who lost his battle with cancer in 2000 at age 5. Close to $1 million has been raised for cancer research and local cancer initiatives.
Because of their community involvement and volunteerism, Greg and his wife Leone were recognized in 2005 with the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal. Greg was recognized again in 2012 with the Hal Rogers Fellow Award, the highest honour presented by the Kinsmen of Canada.
Greg has served as the Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Social Services, Community Based Organizations initiative and as Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Environment, Recycling. In June 2010, he was appointed as Legislative Secretary to the Premier for Vulnerable Youth. Greg has served as Chair of the caucus' standing policy committee on human services and the Chair of the legislature's Standing Committee on Human Services. He served as Deputy Government Whip and was appointed as Whip in May of 2012. Greg was asked to serve in the Provincial Cabinet as Minister of Rural and Remote Health, in September of 2014.