Colin was raised on a farm near Plamondon, a small village between Boyle and Lac La Biche. A member of the NDP since age fourteen, he got a practical political education from his father Leo Piquette, who won office as an NDP candidate in 1986, and his well-known work in the legislature. As the candidate for Athabasca-Wabasca in 2001 Piquette doubled the NDP vote.

Before moving to Boyle to rejoin the family insurance business, Piquette taught English at colleges overseas, and ethics and law at the University of Alberta. His community involvement includes being president of the Boyle & District Chamber of Commerce, vice-president of the Boyle Betterment Society, and a director of the Boyle District Agricultural Society.

Piquette graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in Adult Education. He has put his education to good use working as a professional researcher and organizer on issues including pension reform and labour law, as a board member of Friends of Medicare, and as a volunteer for many other causes.