Jim Dinning

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Jim Dinning

Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Lougheed
In office
June 15, 1993 – March 11, 1997
Preceded byRiding Established
Succeeded byMarlene Graham
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Shaw
In office
May 8, 1986 – June 15, 1993
Preceded byRiding Established
Succeeded byJon Havelock
Chancellor of the University of Calgary
In office
Preceded byJoanne Cuthbertson
Succeeded byRobert Thirsk
Personal details
James Francis Dinning

(1952-12-04) December 4, 1952 (age 66)
Edmonton, Alberta
Political partyProgressive Conservative

James Francis Dinning[1] (born December 4, 1952) is a Canadian Progressive Conservative politician and businessman. He was a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta (1986–1997), and now serves on the board of directors of a variety of Canadian companies. Dinning ran for the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives to replace Ralph Klein as Premier of Alberta. Dinning raised over 2 million dollars for his leadership bid but was ultimately defeated by leadership candidate Ed Stelmach when party members voted for Klein's replacement on December 2, 2006. In June 2010, he was selected as the 12th Chancellor of the University of Calgary. Dinning sits as an advisor to Canada's Ecofiscal Commission.

Political history[edit]

After graduating at Western Canada High School in 1970,[2] Dinning went on to obtain his Bachelor of Commerce honours degree from Queen's University in 1974. He also earned a Masters degree in Public Administration from Queen's in 1977.

Elected in the riding of Calgary-Shaw in 1986, Dinning held the riding until 1993. During this time he served in a variety of positions within the provincial government. He was the Minister of Community and Occupational Health from 1986 to 1988, the Minister of Education from 1988 to 1992, and he served as the Provincial Treasurer from 1992 to 1997.

In 2006, Dinning ran for leadership of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta party. Dinning ultimately lost the party election to Ed Stelmach as a result of a second ballot vote on December 2, 2006. During much of the campaign, he held at least a 20-point lead over his closest competitor and over a 40-point lead on Stelmach.

Today he serves as a corporate director, advisor and consultant to various companies, not-for-profits and governments.

Electoral record[edit]



  • Jim Dinning (PC) 6,694 61.5%
  • Brendan Dunphy (Lib) 2,727 25.1%
  • Len Curie (NDP) 1,166 10.7%
  • Byron L. Chenger (Rep) 295 2.7%



  • Jim Dinning (PC) 7,412 52.9% (-8.6%)
  • Bob Crump (Lib) 4,865 34.7% (+9.7%)
  • Gordon M. Christie (NDP) 1,728 12.3% (+1.6%)


Calgary-Lougheed (compared to Calgary-Shaw, which covered much of the same area in southwest Calgary)

  • Jim Dinning (PC) 7,280 52.8% (-0.2%)
  • Jack Driscoll (Lib) 5,803 42.1% (+7.3%)
  • Catherine Rose (NDP) 502 3.6% (-8.7%)
  • Peter Hope (CoR) 122 0.9% (-)
  • Ida Bugmann (NLP) 88 0.6% (-)

Career history[edit]

After retiring from active politics in 1997, he was a senior vice-president and then executive vice-president of TransAlta Corporation from August 1997 to December 2004.

Dinning currently serves on the board of directors of four companies that are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. They are: Liquor Stores NA Ltd where he serves as Chair of the Board, Parkland Fuel Corp., Russel Metals Inc., and Oncolytics Biotech Inc.. Dinning also serves as chairman of the board of the Western Financial Group, Export Development Canada and the Canada West Foundation, and as chancellor of the University of Calgary.

Dinning was the chair of the Calgary Health Region from 1999 to 2001. He was a governor of the Banff Centre, and served as a director of Finning International, Shaw Communications, the Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN), and the Alberta Energy Research Institute. Dinning has also served as chairman of the Canadian Clean Power Coalition, which comprised major power producers such as ATCO, Epcor, TransAlta, Luscar, SaskPower, and Nova Scotia Power.

The University of Calgary honoured Dinning in 2002 with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. In 2011, he joined former Alberta Premier Ralph Klein when together they were honoured by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation with their Tax Fighter Award.

He was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2015.[3]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-01-11. Retrieved 2010-12-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-10-27. Retrieved 2005-11-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Four Nova Scotians among Order of Canada honourees". The Chronicle-Herald, July 1, 2015.
Preceded by
New District
MLA Calgary Shaw
Succeeded by
Jon Havelock
Preceded by
New District
MLA Calgary Lougheed
Succeeded by
Marlene Graham