February 22 | The Future of Canada’s West

Biography

Senator Black is Senior Counsel at Dentons Canada LLP. He studied at the University of Alberta, and holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax. Senator Black was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002 and was named as one of Canada’s 25 most influential lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. Senator Black also holds the designation of ICD.D for the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Senator Black is deeply involved in his community. He has served as Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary, Chair of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, and was Founder of Lake Crest School in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. He is Governor Emeritus of the Banff Centre and an honorary co-chair of Platform Calgary, a start-up technology innovation hub. He is currently Chair of the Board for the Canada West Foundation.

Senator Black won an Alberta Senate nomination election in 2012 and served in the senate of Canada for 9 years. During that time, he chaired the Banking, Trade and Commerce Committee and was vice-chairman of the Energy and Environment Committee.
Senator Black was the co-founder of Alberta 2.0, an Alberta organization focused on diversifying the provincial economy.