School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Senate Reform: Unlimited Possibilities

Senator Mitchell

Thursday, February 11, 2016,  12:00 pm 
Robert Sutherland Hall, 138 Union Street, Room 202

** Light lunch starts at 11:30 AM             All are Welcome

Jean-Baptiste Litrico | March 10, 2016



Senator Grant Mitchell

Liberal Senator
​Senate of Canada




Senator Mitchell will address the contribution of the Senate to the public policy debate in Canada; and the question and possible types of reform and their implications for the institution and Parliament's governance in Canada.  Special mention will be made of the contribution that the Senate can make to a less partisan public policy debate and review process. 


Senator Grant Mitchell has had careers in the public service, business and politics in Alberta. He was appointed to the Senate in 2005 and sits as a Liberal.   

He received a Master of Arts in Political Studies from Queen’s University in 1976 and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science from the University of Alberta in 1973. He obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1983. 

From 1994 to 1998 Senator Mitchell was leader of Alberta’s official opposition and leader of the Alberta Liberal Party. Prior to this, he was the official opposition’s House Leader from 1993 to 1994. He was a member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly for the riding of Edmonton McClung and served his constituents with dedication and diligence from 1986 to 1998. 

In 1988 and 1989, Senator Mitchell taught graduate level courses in the field of business-government relations as a sessional lecturer in the Faculty of Management, University of Calgary, and the Faculty of Business, University of Alberta. He has had experience in business as an executive with Principal Group Ltd. from 1979 to 1986 and as an investment advisor with CIBC Wood Gundy from 1998 to 2008.  From 1976 to 1979, he worked in the Government of Alberta, first as a Budget Analyst in the Treasury Department and then as Senior Intergovernmental Affairs Officer in the Department of Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs. He worked in Parliament in the Parliamentary Internship program from 1974 to 1975. 

Senator Mitchell has served on the board of the Edmonton ITU World Cup Triathlon and on the board of the Canadian Commercial Corporation. 

Senator Mitchell was a competitive triathlete and successfully completed two Ironman triathlon competitions in Penticton, B.C, and Hawaii.