Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education
Deputy Government House Leader
Don Scott was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Fort McMurray-Conklin on April 23, 2012. On September 15, 2014 he was appointed Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education. Additionally he serves as Deputy Government House Leader.
He previously served as the Associate Minister of Accountability, Transparency and Transformation.
A graduate of the University of New Brunswick and the University of Cambridge, Don has worked as a lawyer in Fort McMurray for more than 10 years. In 2006 he founded the McMurray Law Office, where he practises in the areas of family, real estate and business law. During his time in England in the late 1990s he served as an assistant solicitor with the Bloody Sunday inquiry, a 12-year public inquiry into the killing of 13 civilians by British soldiers. In 2010 Don was appointed to the Queen’s Counsel of Alberta.
Don served as councillor for ward 1 of the regional municipality of Wood Buffalo from October 2010 until his election to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.
An active community member and volunteer, Don was a board member of the United Way for six years , and previously served as president for the local chapter. He also volunteers as a board member of Legal Aid in Fort McMurray and Children First, and has served on the Northern Lights Health Region Ethics Committee for two years. Don has served as a Bencher for the Law Society of Alberta.
Don and his family live in the Thickwood area of Fort McMurray. He is an avid badminton and basketball player who also enjoys spending his free time hiking and fly-fishing.
September 15, 2014