Cindy Lou Heywood Ady is a politician who was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Canada. She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Ady was born in San Antonio, Texas. She studied Communications at Brigham Young University and owned a home construction business in Utah for a few years. She moved to Calgary, Alberta, and worked as a self-employed community development consultant. In Canada, she helped build MidSun Junior High School then developed a proposal and business plan for the creation of Centennial High School. She helped four additional communities develop proposals for funding new schools. She served as a member of several Calgary Board of Education committees.
In 2001, Ady ran for office in the provincial election and was appointed a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the Calgary Shaw constituency. She was re-elected twice with a large percentage of the popular vote. She announced in March 2012 that she would not seek re-election.
During her second term, Premier Ed Stelmach appointed her as Associate Minister of Tourism Promotion. In her third term, she was promoted to Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation and held the post until October 2011. In that role, she represented the government of Alberta at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. After the games, she supported the establishment of an Olympic Legacy Network, which would use the legacy of the Olympics to promote tourism and sports in Canada.
Ady and her husband, Don, live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They are the parents of four sons. She is the daughter-in-law of Jack Ady, former MLA for Cardston-Taber-Warner.