Senator Grant Mitchell has had careers in the public service, business and
politics in Alberta. He was appointed 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
From 1994 to 1998 Senator Mitchell was 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
1998-2008. From 1976 to 1979, he worked in the Government of Alberta, first as a
Budget Analyst in the Treasury Department and then as Senior Intergovernmental
Affairs Officer in the Department of Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs. He
worked in Parliament in the Parliamentary Internship program from 1974 to 1975.
Senator Mitchell has served on the board of the Edmonton ITU World Cup
Triathlon and on the board of the Canadian Commercial Corporation.
Senator Mitchell was a competitive triathlete and successfully completed two
Ironman triathlon competitions in Penticton, B.C, and Hawaii.
Senator Mitchell is married to Teresa Mitchell, an Edmonton lawyer. They have
three sons, Lucas, Liam and Grady.