Caroline Cochrane

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Caroline Cochrane
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13th Premier of the Northwest Territories
Assumed office
October 24, 2019
DeputyDiane Archie
CommissionerMargaret Thom
Preceded byBob McLeod
Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
Assumed office
November 23, 2015
Preceded byDaryl Dolynny
ConstituencyRange Lake
Personal details
Born (1960-12-05) December 5, 1960 (age 62)
Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada
Political partyIndependent
Residence(s)Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Caroline Cochrane (born December 5, 1960) is a Canadian politician, who is the 13th and current premier of the Northwest Territories.[1] She is one of three currently serving female premiers in Canada and the second female premier of the Northwest Territories after Nellie Cournoyea, who served from 1991 to 1995.[2]

She was formerly known as Caroline Cochrane-Johnson.

Life and career[edit]

Cochrane was born in Flin Flon, Manitoba, in 1960 and moved with her family to Yellowknife in 1963, where she grew up. She received a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University College of the Cariboo (now known as Thompson Rivers University) in Kamloops, British Columbia, in 1999.[3][4] She was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories in the 2015 election,[5] representing the electoral district of Range Lake.

Prior to her election to the legislature, Cochrane was CEO of the Centre for Northern Families, a social-service agency administered by the Yellowknife Women's Society in Yellowknife.[6]

In October 2019, Cochrane defeated three other candidates after three rounds of secret-ballot votes and was elected Premier of the Northwest Territories.[7]


  1. ^ John Last and Sidney Cohen, "Caroline Cochrane elected premier of the N.W.T.". CBC North, October 24, 2019.
  2. ^ "Legislators pick Caroline Cochrane as new premier of the Northwest Territories". Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "Caroline Cochrane | the Canadian Encyclopedia".
  4. ^ "Caroline Cochrane". NNSL News. September 11, 2019. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  5. ^ "N.W.T. votes 2015 | Yellowknifers opt for change". CBC North, November 23, 2015.
  6. ^ "Caroline Cochrane-Johnson and Daryl Dolynny: A political rookie takes on the incumbent in this western Yellowknife riding". CBC North, November 8, 2015.
  7. ^ "New N.W.T. Premier Chosen Under Territory's 'Consensus' System". HuffPost. October 24, 2019. Retrieved November 3, 2019.