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About | Senator Doug Black

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The Honourable Doug Black, Q.C.

The Honourable Doug Black, Q.C. was appointed to the Senate of Canada on January 25, 2013 after being elected as a Senator-in-Waiting by Albertans in 2012. He is a senior counsel at Dentons Canada LLP and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002. Senator Black was named one of Canada’s most influential lawyers in 2012 by Canadian Lawyer Magazine.

Deeply involved in his community, Senator Black was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 in recognition of his many contributions. He has served as Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary, Chair of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, Chair of the Capital Campaign for the Banff Centre, Governor Emeritus of the Banff Centre, and was founder of Lakecrest School in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Senator Black was the founding president of the Energy Policy Institute of Canada (EPIC), the organization dedicated to the development of a Canadian energy framework. He is also the co-founder of Alberta2.0, a group of Alberta leaders who have developed a roadmap for a more robust and resilient Albertan economy.

Senator Black sits on the Banking, Trade and Commerce Committee and the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee of the Senate. He is also on the executive committee on the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association, and the Canada-China Parliamentary Association.

Senator Black lives in Alberta with his wife, and together they have two adult children.

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.