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About | Senator Doug Black

The Honourable Doug Black, Q.C. was elected by Albertans as a Senator-in-Waiting on April 23, 2012. In that election, he received the most votes of any elected representative in Canada before or since. He was subsequently appointed to the Senate of Canada on January 25, 2013. Today, he continues to be an active Senator on behalf of Albertans.

Currently, Senator Black serves as Deputy Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources, and as a sitting member of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade. In the 42nd Parliament (2015 – 2019), he chaired the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce.

Senator Black sits on the executive committee of the Canada-UK Parliamentary Association and is a member of both the Canada-Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the Canada-US Inter-Parliamentary Group.

Prior to serving in the Senate, Senator Black practiced law and served as a board member or advisor to several Canadian businesses. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002 and was named one of Canada’s Top 25 most influential lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine in 2012. 

Deeply involved in his community, Senator Black has been awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition of his community contributions. He has served as Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary, Chair of the Capital Campaign for the Banff Centre, Governor Emeritus of the Banff Centre, and co-founded the Lakecrest School in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Senator Black lives in Alberta with his wife and together they have two children and five grandchildren.

Why I campaigned for the Senate

I ran to be your Alberta elected Senator because I believe that the Senate is a valuable component of our democracy – a place where long-term thinking can be done, new ideas explored and advanced, regional interests represented, and important policy questions given careful consideration.

The upper chamber performs an important function in creating a healthy, just, and prosperous Canada, and I am honoured to contribute to that work.