Doug Black

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Doug Black
Doug Black 2013 Calgary Stampede.jpg
Black in 2013
Canadian Senator
from Alberta
Assumed office
January 25, 2013
Nominated byStephen Harper
Appointed byDavid Johnston
Personal details
Born (1952-05-10) May 10, 1952 (age 66)
Calgary, Alberta
Political partyIndependent Senators Group
Other political
Conservative (2013-2016)

Douglas John "Doug" Black, QC (born May 10, 1952) is a Canadian Senator and lawyer from Alberta, Canada. He was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on January 25, 2013, having won a Senate nominee election in 2012.

Early life and education[edit]

Black was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. In 1970, he graduated from Ernest Manning High School in Calgary.[1] He attended the University of Alberta where he was actively involved in student government, and in 1975, graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Laws. He was called to the Newfoundland Bar in 1977 and the Alberta Bar in 1994.[2]


Black is a senior counselor for Dentons Canada LLP - his legal expertise is in corporate, commercial and energy law. He is former chairman of the board of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and was founder of the Lake Crest Independent School in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. He is Governor-Emeritus of the Banff Centre, where he was National Co-Chair of the Centre's successful $130 million campus revitalization campaign.[3]

Black has been a proponent for responsible energy development and an advocate for diversifying Canada’s energy markets. He was founding President of the Energy Policy Institute of Canada, a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the development of a Canadian energy framework.[3]

In August 2012, Black was named as one of Canada’s 25 most influential lawyers for 2012 by Canadian Lawyer Magazine.[3][4]

Senate election[edit]

Black ran as one of three Progressive Conservative senate nominees in the 2012 Alberta senate nominee election. He finished first out of thirteen candidates in the province wide vote taking 428,791 votes.[5] He was appointed to the Senate on January 25, 2013[6] and sat as a Conservative until July 2016 when he changed his designation to Independent.[7]

Black currently sits on the Senate Committees on Transport and Communications; and serves as Chair on the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce.[3]


He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002 and was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal in December 2005 for community leadership. Black has also received the designation of ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors.[3]

University of Calgary[edit]

Prior to being appointed to the Senate of Canada, Black served as Chair of the Board of Governors at the University of Calgary. In August 2012, he repaid $5,343.86 not covered by the University of Calgary expense policy. Black's total expenses were $28,030.88 over 18 months.[8] Black stepped down from the Board and his roles in several other organizations prior to taking up his duties in the Canadian Senate.[9]


  1. ^ Douglas Black biography Canada School of Energy
  2. ^ Douglas J. Black Q.C., LL.B., Vice Chair Fraser Milner Casgrain Law
  3. ^ a b c d e "Senators - Detailed Information". 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
  4. ^ Gail J. Cohen (August 6, 2012). "The Top 25 Most Influential".
  5. ^ "Senate Nominee - Official Poll Results". 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
  6. ^ "PM announces the appointment of five new senators - Prime Minister of Canada". 2013. Archived from the original on May 20, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
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  9. ^ Press, J. (July 19, 2013). "Sen. Doug Black is only member of upper chamber to post spending details online". Postmedia News. Retrieved September 23, 2013.

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