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About Brent Rathgeber QC
Brent solves problems, big or small. Whether as your advocate, Member of the Legislative Assembly, Member of Parliament, arbitrator, mediator, negotiator, he will find cost effective solutions to any problem.
Brent Rathgeber was born in Melville, Saskatchewan in 1964. After graduating from Melville Comprehensive School in 1982, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Saskatchewan.
Brent was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta in 1991; his practice has been primarily as a litigator.
Brent was elected to the Alberta Legislature in 2001 (MLA for Edmonton-Calder). He chaired the 2002 Review of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation.
Brent was recognized for his legal skill and service to the community by being appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2001 (redesignated as King’s Counsel in 2022).
Brent was elected to the Parliament of Canada in 2008 and re-elected in 2011 (MP for Edmonton-St. Albert). Brent spent five years on the House of Commons Justice Committee and in 2011 was selected to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada Selection Committee, which after an exhaustive search, resulted in the appointment of two Supreme Court Justices.
In 2014, Brent published his first book; “Irresponsible Government—The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy in Canada”, which chronicles to devolution of Parliamentary supremacy and transition to Executive Government. The treatise was shortlisted for the Kobo Canadian Emergent Author Prize (Non- Fiction Category).
In 2014, Brent was awarded the honour of “Member of Parliament who best represents Constituents” by Maclean’s Magazine and voted on by fellow Members of Parliament.
After leaving public life in 2015, Brent retooled his legal skill set and became a Mediator, Collaborative Lawyer and Arbitrator.
In 2017, Brent was appointed to the Edmonton Assessment Review Board to adjudicate property tax assessment disputes. In 2018, Brent was appointed the first ever Ethics Advisor to the elected members of Edmonton City Council, providing legal and ethical advice to Members of Council.
In 2019, Brent was hired by the Alberta Insurance Council as In House Counsel and Director of Policy. In February 2021, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. AIC is the regulator for all insurance intermediaries in Alberta.
Brent currently sits on the Northern Alberta Business Incubator (NABI) Board and pre Covid was an active member of T8N 100 Men, raising money for worthwhile causes in St. Albert and Sturgeon County. Brent lives in Edmonton with his spouse Katrina Black. In his spare time, Brent enjoys sports, music, reading nonfiction and hanging with his very spoiled Beagle, Fozzie Bear.