Donna Kennedy­-Glans

Member for Calgary Varsity at Parliament of Canada

Donna Kennedy­-Glans

Donna Kennedy­-Glans

Member for Calgary Varsity at Parliament of Canada


Donna Kennedy-Glans was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Varsity on April 23, 2012. On December 13, 2013, she was sworn-in as Associate Minister – Electricity and Renewable Energy, a position she held until March 17, 2013.

Donna currently serves as a member of the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future. She formerly chaired the Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship. As well she was a member of Treasury Board and also sat on the Alberta government’s Ministerial Working Group on Natural Resources and Environment. In addition, Donna was a member of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region committee, which connects stakeholders from across the U.S. and Canada to discuss economic questions that relate to the region.

Donna was born near Tillsonburg, Ontario, and was raised on a cattle farm in rural southwestern Ontario, where her parents and extended family continue to farm today. She graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981 and earned her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1984.

Since moving to Calgary in 1984, Donna has worked as a lawyer, businesswoman and leader in the energy sector. Highlights of her 28-year career in this sector include serving as

A lawyer and negotiator with TransCanada Pipelines’ exploration and production company during the deregulation of energy markets in the 1980s;
A corporate executive and first female Vice-President with Nexen Inc., an upstream oil and gas company, where she was responsible for managing above ground risks in domestic and international projects from 1991-2001; and
An independent consultant, advising global energy operators on how to manage non-technical risks in resource projects over the past decade.

In addition, Donna founded Bridges Social Development in 2002, and served as its executive director until 2011. Bridges is a volunteer organization that brings together local champions and Canadian experts to train and mentor community leaders in health care, law, journalism, education and politics in countries like Yemen, Egypt, Oman, India and Nepal. In 2008, a global youth social entrepreneurship initiative was launched, focusing on training youth leaders in Canada, including youth from Diaspora, First Nations and Métis communities.

Donna is lead author of Corporate Integrity: A Toolkit for Managing beyond Compliance, published in 2005 by John Wiley & Sons. Her second book, Unveiling the Breath: One Woman’s Journey into Understanding Islam and Gender Equality was published in 2009. In 2007, Donna was awarded a Global Woman of Vision award and was named a ‘Compelling Calgarian’ by the Calgary Herald in 2010. Donna is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business.

While Donna has worked in more than 35 countries around the world, she has lived in Calgary-Varsity for the past 20 years with her husband, Laurie Glans. Together they have raised three sons, who are either attending, or have graduated from, university. In addition to volunteering with local community, inter-cultural and interfaith groups, she enjoys hiking, biking and working in her garden.

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Associate Minister of National Defence at Government of Canada

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Minister, Intergovernmental Affairs at Government of Canada

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Former Vice President at Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management

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Former Minister for Democratic Reform at Government of Canada

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Member for Cambridge at Parliament of Canada

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Member of Whitby-Oshawa at Parliament of Canada

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Member for Mount Royal at Parliament of Canada

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Minister of Foreign Affairs at Canada Department of Global Affairs

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Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, Peter Gordon MacKay at Parliament of Canada

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Member of Parliament at Parliament of Canada

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Member for Calgary Varsity at Parliament of Canada
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Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management (PHN) offers equity, fixed-income and balanced investment products. The firm offers a variety of equity funds including Canadian, international, emerging markets and sector-specific offerings across all market-caps. They apply a wide variety of investment styles including: value, growth and quality growth at a reasonable price. PHN uses a combination of fundamentals-driven and top-down research. Their fundamental research focuses on individual companies and considers measures such as earnings, growth, balance sheet strength and management quality. Valuation is also an integral part of their process as a stock must be well-priced. The firm's top-down research focuses on economic conditions and the operating climate for a given stock.PHN employs a multiple strategy fixed-income investment approach. Their actively managed funds and investment solutions provide access to a wide range of fixed-income instruments including money market, mortgage securities, Government bonds (federal provincial), corporate bonds, high-yield bonds and foreign bonds.

Bachelor of Laws
Class of 1984

Western Law is a public law school located at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

Bachelor of Arts
Class of 1981

Wilfrid Laurier University is devoted to learning, research, scholarship, creativity, expertise and personal development of students.

Career History
Member for Calgary Varsity
2012 - Current

Canada's Parliament is composed of the Monarch, the Senate and the House of Commons. Parliament has the power to make laws for Canada in certain areas of responsibility.

Associate Minister, Electricity & Renewable Energy
2013 - 2014

The federal government of Canada is the body responsible for the federal administration of Canada. In Canadian English, the term can mean either the collective set of institutions (the legislative, executive, and judicial branches) or specifically the Queen-in-Council (the executive, also called Her Majesty's Government.

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