Grant Mitchell's Biography
Senator Grant Mitchell is proud to represent Alberta as an Independent Senator. He has had careers in the public service, business and politics in Alberta, and was called to the Senate in 2005.
He received a Master of Arts in Political Studies from Queen’s University in 1976 and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science from the University of Alberta in 1973. He obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1983.
From 1994 to 1998 Senator Mitchell was the leader of Alberta’s official opposition and leader of the Alberta Liberal Party. Prior to this, he was the official opposition’s House Leader from 1993 to 1994. He was a member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly for the riding of Edmonton McClung and served his constituents with dedication and diligence from 1986 to 1998.
In 1988 and 1989, Senator Mitchell taught graduate level courses in the field of business-government relations as a sessional lecturer in the Faculty of Management, University of Calgary, and the Faculty of Business, University of Alberta. He has had experience in business as an executive with Principal Group Ltd. from 1979 to 1986 and as an investment advisor with CIBC Wood Gundy from 1998 to 2008.
Senator Mitchell has also held roles with the Government of Alberta, first as a Budget Analyst in the Treasury Department in 1976 and then as Senior Intergovernmental Affairs Officer in the Department of Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs from 1976 to 1979. Senator Mitchell is also a proud alumni of the 1974 to 1975 Parliamentary Internship Programme.
Since his appointment to the Senate in 2005, Senator Mitchell has served on a number of Senate Committees dedicated to undertaking research and hearing from witnesses on important issues affecting Canadians. He served as the Deputy-Chair of Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Deputy-Chair of the National Security and Defence Committee, member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, National Finance Committee, Agriculture and Forestry Committee and the Subcommittee on Senate Communications.
In addition to his role as a Senator representing Alberta, Senator Mitchell was appointed to the position of Government Liaison in the Senate in May 2016. As Government Liaison he is one of 3 members of the government representative team in the Senate, responsible for helping guide government legislation through the Upper Chamber whilst advocating for a transparent and accountable Senate that works for Canadians. He is an advocate for Senate modernization, and takes a proactive role in contributing to Senate reform.
Outside of the office, Senator Mitchell was an avid runner and triathlete, and successfully completed two Ironman triathlon competitions in Penticton, B.C, and Hawaii. He has served on the board of the Edmonton ITU World Cup Triathlon and on the board of the Canadian Commercial Corporation.
Senator Mitchell is married to Teresa Mitchell, an Edmonton lawyer. They have three sons, Lucas, Liam and Grady.