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 was born in Melville, Saskatchewan in 1964. After graduating from Melville Comprehensive School in 1982, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Bachelor of Law degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. Between degrees, he served as Ministerial Assistant to a senior Saskatchewan Cabinet Minister.
Brent began his legal career in Calgary, articling with Milner & Steer (now Dentons LLP). Thereafter, he practiced law in Red Deer as a litigator with Sisson Warren Sinclair. In 1994, Brent moved to Edmonton where he specialized in litigation.
Brent entered public life in 2001 when he became MLA for Edmonton-Calder. During his legislative career, he chaired the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review on behalf of the Alberta Legislature and sat on two Alberta Government Labour Code Review Committees.
Brent was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2001. Brent gained a reputation as an advocate for victims’ legal rights during the contentious 2003 debate concerning automobile insurance reform. After the 2004 provincial election, Brent returned to private life and the practice of law.
In March 2005, Brent became the Executive Director of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCAC), an industry association of industrial contractors, who believe in progressive labour relations with their employees.
Brent was elected to the 40th Parliament of Canada on October 14, 2008. He was re-elected as the MP for Edmonton-St. Albert in the 2011 election. Shortly after assuming parliamentary duties after the 2008 election, he was appointed to the House of Commons Standing Committees on “Justice and Human Rights” and “Public Safety and National Security”. On these committees, he worked tirelessly to promote laws to provide safe streets, safe communities and to enhance the rights of victims of crime. Following his re-election in 2011, Brent was re-appointed to both the Justice and Public Safety Committees. In February 2013, he was appointed to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.
On June 5, 2013, Brent resigned from the Conservative caucus due to its lack of commitment to transparency and open government. He then sat as an Independent Member of Parliament.
In September 2014, Brent published his first book, “Irresponsible Government- The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy In Canada”. It chronicles the devolution of Parliamentary supremacy and transition to Executive Government, and provides prescriptions for re-calibrating power between the elected Parliament and the un-elected Prime Minister’s Office. In 2015, Irresponsible Government was shortlisted for the Kobo Canadian Emergent Author Prize in the non-fiction category. Brent has become a tireless advocate for Parliamentary reform and has op-ed pieces published in the National Post, Toronto Star, and Huffington Post.
In November 2014, Brent was awarded the honour of “Member of Parliament who best represents his constituents” by Maclean’s magazine. Awarded by all fellow MPs, the honour recognized his ability to represent constituents more effectively when freed from party positions and discipline. Following the 2015 federal election, he returned to private life.
After leaving politics, Brent retooled his legal skills and studied to become a Mediator, Collaborative Lawyer and Arbitrator. He holds several professional designations in Alternative Dispute Resolution, putting his ADR skills to work with Brent Rathgeber Arbitration and Mediation.
In 2017, Brent was appointed to the Edmonton Assessment Review Board, where he adjudicated property tax assessment disputes between property owners and municipalities.
In 2018, Brent was appointed as the first ever Ethics Advisor to the City of Edmonton, providing ethical, legal and Code of Conduct advice to the elected members of Edmonton City Council.
In 2019, Brent was hired by the Alberta Insurance Council (AIC) as In-house Counsel and Director of Policy. AIC is the regulator for all insurance intermediaries in the Province of Alberta.
Brent currently sits on the Northern Alberta Business Incubator (NABI) and Whistleblowing Canada boards. He is also a member of T8N 100 Men, raising money for worthy charities in St. Albert and the Sturgeon Region. He lives in Edmonton with his spouse Katrina Black. In his spare time he enjoys sports, fitness, music, reading, and writing.