Speaker Profiles

The Honourable Alison M. Redford QC

The Honourable Alison M. Redford QC

Premier of Alberta


Alison Redford was elected leader
of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party on October 1, 2011 and sworn-in
as Alberta's 14th premier on October 7, 2011. Alison was born on March 7, 1965
in Kitimat, British Columbia and grew up all over Canada and overseas before
settling in Calgary as a teenager. She graduated from Bishop Carroll High
School in Calgary and completed her post-secondary education at the University
of Saskatchewan College of Law in
1988. Alison and her husband,
Glen Jermyn, have one daughter, Sarah. Alison has been actively involved in
both provincial and national politics since the 1980s. She served as Senior
Policy Advisor to the Right Honourable Joe Clark when he was Secretary of State
for External
Affairs, and later worked in the
Prime Minister’s Office. In this capacity, she organized a series of national
consultations facilitating public input on federal white papers concerned with
foreign affairs and defense. In Parliament, she was also the Principal
Legislative Advisor to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. Returning
home to Calgary from Ottawa, Alison articled at Rooney Prentice. She then
worked in a small partnership before opening her own law firm,
gaining practical experience as a
small business owner. Throughout the 1990s, Alison worked as a technical advisor
on constitutional and legal reform issues in Africa for the European Union, the
Commonwealth Secretariat and both the Canadian and Australian governments. Her
work in Africa focused on human rights litigation, education programs and
policy reform initiatives. In 2005, Alison was appointed by the Secretary-General
of the United Nations as one of four International Election Commissioners to
administer Afghanistan's first parliamentary elections. She also served as an
advisor to the Privy Council Office on Canada's future involvement in
Afghanistan. Over the course of her career, Alison has also undertaken
assignments in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Namibia, Uganda, Zimbabwe,
Mozambique and the Philippines. Before seeking elected office in Alberta, she
managed a judicial training and legal reform project for the Ministry of
Justice and the Supreme People's Court in Vietnam. Alison Redford was elected
MLA for the constituency of Calgary-Elbow on March 3, 2008 and named Minister
of Justice and Attorney General on March 12, 2008. In this role, she led the
Safe Communities Secretariat. In January 2010, she was also named political
minister for Calgary.

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