Michael Phair

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Michael Phair
Edmonton City Councillor Ward 4
In office
Preceded byLance White
Succeeded byBen Henderson
Personal details
BornAugust 1950 (age 68)
Loyal, Wisconsin, U.S.
Alma materTowson State University
Loyal University
San Francisco State University

Michael Albert Phair (born August 1950) is a Canadian politician, who served on Edmonton City Council from 1992 until 2007.[1] He was the first openly gay elected politician in the province of Alberta,[1] as well as one of the earliest openly gay elected officials anywhere in Canada.[2]

Following his retirement from elected politics, Phair has continued to be active in the community, including as a board member of Edmonton Pride.[3]

Mr. Phair is an adjunct professor with the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS) in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta.[4]

In June 2015, the Edmonton Public School Board honoured Mr. Phair by naming a school after him citing his work with HIV Edmonton and Edmonton Homeward Trust. The school will serve students in Grades 7 through 9 with a capacity of approximately 900 students. The school is expected to open in the fall of 2017 in the Webber Greens neighbourhood.[5][6]

On Thursday, February 25, 2016, it was announced that Mr. Phair was named chairman of the University of Alberta board of governors.[7]


  1. ^ a b Moroz, Ross (April 25, 2007), "Venerable councillor calls it a career", Vue Weekly, archived from the original on October 26, 2007, retrieved 2008-02-03
  2. ^ "Gay politicians come out of the closet and into the cabinet". The Globe and Mail, November 13, 2009.
  3. ^ "Trustees to lead Pride Parade" Archived 2016-03-24 at the Wayback Machine. Edmonton Journal, May 25, 2012.
  4. ^ "Michael Phair ISMSS Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services. University of Alberta, Faculty of Education". www.ismss.ualberta.ca. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  5. ^ "Michael Phair to have Edmonton school named for him". www.cbc.ca. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  6. ^ "Michael Phair 7-9 (Webber Greens) - Edmonton Public Schools". www.epsb.ca. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  7. ^ "Former city councillor Michael Phair named chairman of University of Alberta board of governors". Edmonton Journal. February 25, 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-09.

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