McLellan Anne

Hon. A. Anne McLellan P.C., O.C.

Senior Advisor

Canadian and International Strategic Planning Advisor at Bennett Jones Edmonton

T: 780.969.2648

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.

During her political career, Ms. McLellan was Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Minister of Health, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Minister of Natural Resources and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians. As Deputy Prime Minister, she chaired two Cabinet committees: the Operations Committee and the Security, Public Health and Emergencies Committee.

Prior to entering politics, Ms. McLellan was a professor of law at the University of Alberta, where she served at various times as Associate Dean and Acting Dean. In 2006, she was appointed as the first distinguished scholar at the University of Alberta's Institute for American Studies. In 2007, the University of Alberta awarded Ms. McLellan an honorary doctorate of laws degree. Ms. McLellan retired from the University of Alberta effective June 30, 2013.

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.

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 Stem Cell Foundation;
  • Dalhousie University where she chairs the Dalhousie Advisory Council and was appointed Chancellor in May 2015;
  • Edmonton Community Foundation, where she chairs the Governance Committee;
  • Edmonton Galleria Foundation;
  • Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation;
  • Fulbright Canada;
  • Institute for Research for Public Policy, where she is vice-chair; and
  • Pearson College - United World College.

She is a former board member of Nexen, a Canadian-based global energy company; the Edmonton Airports Regional Authority and the Telus Community Foundation.

    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.

    Recent Recognitions

    • LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell

      Hon. A. Anne McLellan P.C., O.C., received a BV Distinguished Peer Review Rating

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