Anne McLellan was born on 31 August 1950. The Honourable A. Anne McLellan joined the firm after a distinguished career in federal politics, where she served four terms as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre from 1993-2006. Ms. McLellan provides national and international strategic planning assistance to the firm’s clients.
In May 2015 Ms. McLellan became Dalhousie University’s seventh chancellor. In July 2009, Ms. McLellan was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, recognized “for her leadership and dedication as a politician and law professor, and for her contributions as a community volunteer”. Cape Breton University conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on Ms. McLellan in October 2010. In October 2013, Ms. McLellan was awarded the Alberta Order of Excellence, the Province’s highest honour.
In March 2011, Ms. McLellan was appointed by the Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) to the Advisory Panel that was created to provide advice to the HQCA in its review of the quality of care and safety of patients requiring access to emergency department care and cancer surgery and the role and process of physician advocacy. She was a member of the Premier’s Council for Economic Strategy, a group of 12 advisors providing “guidance on actions the Alberta government can take to best position the province for the future” and which issued its report, Shaping Alberta’s Future, in May 2011.
A. Anne McLellan Full Biography and Profile
The Honourable A. Anne McLellan, P.C., O.C., A.O.E. served four terms as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre from October 25, 1993 – January 23, 2006. She served as Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and as the first Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness in the government of the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin (December 2003 – January 2006). Ms McLellan served as Minister of Health (January 2002 – December 2003), Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (June 1997 – January 2002) and Minister of Natural Resources and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians (November 1993 – June 1997).
Ms. McLellan joined Bennett Jones in its Edmonton office July 4, 2006. She provides strategic advice to the firm and its clients.
Ms. McLellan serves on the Board of Directors of Nutrien, the world’s largest provider of crop inputs and services, and Cameco, one of the world’s largest uranium producers. Among her many community commitments she sits on the Boards of the TELUS Edmonton Community Board and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.
In addition she is Vice-Chair of the Board of the Institute for Research for Public Policy and will become Chair of the Pearson College Board in November 2017. She served as a member of the Premier’s Council for Economic Strategy where she provided “guidance on actions the Alberta government could take to best position the province for the future.”
Ms. McLellan served on the Board of Nexen, a global energy company from 2006 until its takeover by CNOOC in 2013 and the Edmonton Regional Airport Authority from 2007 to 2015. She recently served as Chair of the Task Force on the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis for the Government of Canada.
In May 2015 Ms. McLellan became Dalhousie University’s seventh chancellor.
On May 12, 2006 Ms. McLellan was appointed Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the University of Alberta in the Alberta Institute for American Studies, a position she held until her retirement from the University of Alberta in June 2013. Ms. McLellan was awarded honorary doctorate of law degrees by both the University of Alberta (in 2007) and the University of Cape Breton (in 2009).
In July 2009 Ms. McLellan was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada and in October 2013 she received the Alberta Order of Excellence.
Prior to her political career, Ms McLellan was an assistant professor of law at the University of New Brunswick from 1976 to 1980. In 1980, she was appointed associate professor of law at the University of Alberta. She served as associate dean of the Faculty of Law between 1985 and 1987 and as acting dean from July 1991 to June 1992.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Law degree from Dalhousie University and a Master of Laws degree from King’s College, University of London. Ms McLellan was admitted to the Bar of Nova Scotia in 1976 and is a non-practicing member of the Law Society of Nova Scotia.
Ms. McLellan is on the boards of:
- Agrium, a global producer and marketer of agricultural nutrients and industrial products where she chairs the Environment, Health, Safety and Security Committee;
- Cameco Corp., the world’s largest publicly-traded uranium mining company;
- Canadian Institute for Advanced Research;
- Dalhousie University where she chairs the Dalhousie Advisory Council and was appointed Chancellor in May 2015;
- Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation;
- Institute for Research for Public Policy, where she is vice-chair;
- Pearson College – United World College, where she is chair; and
- TELUS Edmonton Community Board, where she is chair.
Prime Minister announces former Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan as Special Advisor
Canadians expect and deserve to have faith in their institutions and the people who serve within them. The events of the last few weeks have raised important questions about the relationship between the federal government and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that the Honourable Anne McLellan will serve as a Special Advisor to examine these questions and provide independent recommendations to the Prime Minister by June 30, 2019.
In particular, Ms. McLellan will assess the structure that has been in place since Confederation, of a single minister holding the positions of Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. She will consider whether machinery of government or legislative changes may or may not be recommended.
She will also analyze the operating policies and practices across the Cabinet, and the role of public servants and political staff in their interactions with the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.
Ms. McLellan is one of few Canadians who served their entire parliamentary career as a cabinet minister. Most notably, she served as the Deputy Prime Minister and as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, among other roles. Most recently, Ms. McLellan served as Chair of the federal Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation.
“Earlier this month, I said our government would seek external expert opinions on questions about the dual role of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Anne McLellan will tackle these questions head-on. Canadians expect a government that is not only open and transparent, but continually challenging itself to raise the bar. Ms. McLellan’s work will be an important step toward that.” — The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
“Recently questions have been raised about the joint roles of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and about the rules and norms which should govern the relationship between the Justice Minister and Attorney General, other Ministers, public servants, and political staff. I believe that it is timely and appropriate to examine these questions. I look forward to providing my advice to the Prime Minister.” — The Hon. Anne McLellan, P.C., O.C., A.O.E.
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