February 14, 2019
New Clerk of Legislative Assembly of Alberta appointed
EDMONTON – The Honourable Robert E. Wanner, Speaker of the Legislative
Assembly of Alberta, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Merwan Saher to
serve as the 8th Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, effective February 14,
“Mr. Saher is a long serving and dedicated Alberta public servant who served the Office
of the Auditor General with distinction during a nearly four decade span. His history and
record of constructive leadership along with a commitment to the public service will
ensure the future of the Legislative Assembly Office’s mission to provide nonpartisan
parliamentary support and exemplary service,” said Speaker Wanner.
The Clerk is the chief executive officer of the Legislative Assembly and has authority
and responsibility equivalent to that of a deputy minister of a government department.
Under the direction of the Speaker, the Clerk has both procedural and managerial
Mr. Saher was educated in England and became a member of the Institute of Chartered
Accountants in England and Wales in 1972 and a member of the Institute of Chartered
Accountants of Alberta in 1982. In 2012, he was made a Fellow of the Chartered
Accountants of Alberta. In 1980, his career as a legislative auditor began at Alberta’s
Office of the Auditor General where he performed in various roles.
Mr. Saher was appointed Auditor General of Alberta in 2010 and his eight-year term
ended in April 2018. In May 2018, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from CPA
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Chief of Staff, Speaker’s Office