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Chancellor


The Honourable A. Anne McLellan, P.C., O.C., A.O.E.

The Honourable A. Anne McLellan, P.C., O.C., A.O.E., former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, was installed as Dalhousie’s seventh Chancellor on May 25 2015.

As Chancellor, Ms. McLellan presides at Convocations and other official University ceremonies. She also sits as an ex officio member on the Board of Governors.

Ms. McLellan, originally from Hants County, N.S., is a proud Dal alumna twice over (BA’71, LLB’74). An esteemed Canadian leader, she brings to the Chancellorship a great passion for Dalhousie and its mission.

Ms. McLellan served four terms as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre from 1993-2006. 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 (2003-2006). Ms McLellan also served as Minister of Health, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Minister of Natural Resources and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians during her time in office.

Prior to her political career, Ms McLellan was an assistant professor of law at the University of New Brunswick from 1976 to 1980. 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.

Ms. McLellan joined the law firm Bennett Jones in its Edmonton office in 2006, providing strategic advice to the firm and its clients. In 2006 she was also appointed Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the University of Alberta in the Alberta Institute for American Studies, a position she held until her retirement from the university in June 2013.

Since 2011, Ms. McLellan has served as chair of the Dalhousie Advisory Council, an advisory group of notable leaders and alumni from across North America and beyond who offer their advice and perspective to the university. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Agrium (a global producer and marketer of agricultural nutrients and industrial products and a major retail supplier of agricultural products and services), Cameco (one of the world's largest uranium producers). Among her many community commitments she serves on the boards of the Institute for Research for Public Policy, Fulbright Canada and Edmonton Community Foundation Board. 

Ms. McLellan was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2009 and received the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2013. She has been awarded honorary degrees from both the University of Alberta (2007) and Cape Breton University (2009). She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Law degree from Dalhousie and a Master of Laws degree from King's College, University of London. Ms McLellan was admitted to the Bar of Nova Scotia in 1976.

April 2016