The Honourable A. Anne McLellan, P.C., O.C. joined Bennett Jones LLP in its Edmonton office in July 2006 following a rich career in provincial and federal politics. Anne McLellan provides strategic advice to the firm and its clients. In May 2006, she was appointed Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the University of Alberta in the newly established Institute for United States Policy Studies.
She serves on the Board of Directors of Nexen, an independent, Canadian-based global energy company, 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. Among her many community commitments, she also sits on the Board of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Charitable Foundation, the Community Outreach Committee for the Lois Hole Hospital for Women, the National Strategy Council for the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and is Chair of the Friends of the Legal Resource Centre, an organization that promotes access to justice.
Anne McLellan served four terms as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre from October 1993 to January 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). She 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).
From 1976 to 1980, Anne McLellan was an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of New Brunswick. 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.
Anne McLellan has also served on the board of directors of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Alberta Legal Aid and was Vice-President of the University of Alberta's Faculty Association. 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. Anne McLellan was admitted to the Bar of Nova Scotia in 1976.