Senator Black is Senior Counsel at Dentons Canada LLP. He studied at the University of Alberta, and holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax. Senator Black was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2002 and was named as one of Canada's 25 most influential lawyers for 2012 by Canadian Lawyer Magazine.
Senator Black is deeply involved in his community, and was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 in recognition of his many contributions. He has served as Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary, Chair of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, and was Founder of Lake Crest School in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. He is Governor Emeritus of the Banff Centre, where he was National Co-Chair of the Centre's successful $130 million campus revitalization campaign.
Senator Black has been a long-time proponent for responsible energy development and an advocate for diversifying Canada's energy markets. He was founding president of the Energy Policy Institute of Canada, a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the development of a Canadian energy framework.
- Recognized by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of Canada's 25 most influential lawyers (2012)
- Rated AV Preeminent in Martindale-Hubbell
- Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 2002
- Designation of ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors
- Awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal in December of 2005 for community leadership
- Authored papers, published in the Alberta Law Review on energy legal issues
Activities and Affiliations
- Past Chairman of the University of Calgary
- Founding President of the Energy Policy Institute of Canada
Community Involvement and Pro Bono
- National Co-Chair: Campaign for The Banff Centre - The Campaign successfully raised $130 million for the revitalization of the campus of The Banff Centre
- Governor Emeritus of The Banff Centre
- Founder, Lake Crest School, St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador
- Past Chairman of the Michaelle Jean Foundation