“Though she’ll remain based in Edmonton, the city she’s called home for nearly 35 years, McLellan plans on being in Halifax several times each year as Chancellor — not just during convocation, but other key events such as Homecoming.”
The Honourable A. Anne McLellan, P.C., O.C. 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 Agrium, a global producer and marketer of agricultural nutrients and industrial products and a major retail supplier of agricultural products and services, Cameco, the world’s largest uranium producer and Edmonton Regional Airport Authority, a financially independent, non-share corporation charged with managing the regions four airports. She is a former board member of Nexen. Among her many community commitments she serves on the boards of Canadian Stem Cell Foundation, Edmonton Community Foundation where she chairs the Governance Committee, Edmonton Downtown Academic and Cultural Centre Foundation, Edmonton Oilers Foundation, Fulbright Canada, Institute for Research on Public Policy where she is vice-chair, Pearson College – United World College and the TELUS Edmonton Community Board. She is a member of the Shannon School of Business Advisory Board (Cape Breton University) and chairs both the Dalhousie Advisory Council and the Responsible Canadian Energy Advisory Group (RCEAG) – Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). Ms. McLellan is a past member of the Habitat for Humanity Edmonton Society Board and past Chair of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation Board. She served as a member of the Premier’s Council for Economic Strategy where she provided “guidance on actions the Alberta government can take to best position the province for the future.”
From May 12, 2006, until her retirement from the University of Alberta on June 30, 2013, Ms. McLellan was Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the University’s Alberta Institute for American Studies. She 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 was awarded 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.