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Senator Doug Black (PAR Co-Chair)

Senator, Government of Canada

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 on January 25, 2013. He is the immediate past Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce.

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 in 2012 as one of Canada’s most influential lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. 

Senator Black 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 was founder or co-founder of Lakecrest School in St. John’s, the Energy Policy Institute of Canada, and Alberta 2.0.

He lives in Alberta with his wife and together they have two married children and five grandchildren.