Biography

 

Senator Elaine McCoy is a lawyer and former Alberta cabinet minister with over forty years’ professional experience in regulation and policy development in both the private and public sectors. She was appointed to the Senate of Canada by the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin on March 24, 2005, during the 100 th anniversary of Alberta’s entry into Confederation.

Senator McCoy was born in Brandon, Manitoba although throughout her childhood she frequently moved with her family across Canada and overseas following various military postings. After completing a BA and LLB at the University of Alberta, Senator McCoy pursued a career in law as senior legal counsel for the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board and as counsel for TransAlta Utilities Corporation.


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Swearing in


Alberta Senators Joyce Fairbairn and Elaine McCoy



Progressive Conservative Senators Lowell Murray and Elaine McCoy with BC Senator Jack Austin



Three generations at the Famous Five monument – Jean McCoy, Senator McCoy and granddaughter Sarah Patterson



Senator McCoy in her Ottawa office



Senator McCoy with political science students at the University of Calgary



Senator McCoy fly fishing



Students at CAWST’s World Water Day, Calgary



Senator McCoy speaking at Alberta Centennial Medals Award ceremony



Senator McCoy presenting Alberta Centennial Medal to Fariborz Birjandian, Calgary, Alberta



Senator McCoy with Alberta  Minister of Environment, Guy Boutilier, and his team at COP 11



Senator McCoy fly fishing



Senator McCoy



Senator McCoy with student delegates from Lycee Louis Pasteur at World Water Day 2007: Dilene Mugens, Olivia Burca, Monica Salib and Gary Durtler



Kim Sturgess (Water Smart), Tom Loucks (Downtown Rotary Club) and Senator McCoy at World Water Day 2007



Senator McCoy inspecting the Diavik diamond mine in the NWT



Hrant Babasyan and Jeannine Pilon, the first woman in Canada to be certified as a diamond cutter, at Arslanian Cutting Works in Yellowknife, NWT



Senator McCoy at the NWT Legislature Council Chamber



Neris Valle (L) and Margaret Grant (R) with Senator McCoy at Alberta PC Convention



Dr. Karim-Aly Kassam, author of one of our Guest Editorials (about Afghanistan), on Parliament Hill after presenting findings to Senators



Senator McCoy with Senate’s hydrogen bus on Parliament Hill



Chilean Ambassador  Chilean Ambassador’s wife, Senoira Maria Angelica Toledo Arcos with Senators Nancy Ruth, McCoy, Merchant, Spivak and Cochrane



YWCA’s CEO, Jill Wyatt, and Carolyn Goard, Director, with Senator McCoy at women’s transitional housing facility



Senator McCoy at Alberta’s Corn Maze



Senator McCoy at Gopher Museum, Torrington, Alberta



Senator McCoy at GlobalFest, Calgary with Rotarian Brian Carnahan



Senator McCoy flyfishing on the Bow



Senator McCoy helping orient new pages



Senator McCoy at California State Capitol



Chris Severson-Baker (Pembina Institute), Roger Thomas (Nexen), and Senators McCoy and Smith at Oil Sands Round Table



Senators boarding airplane for Fort McMurray



Syncrude oil sands mine



Senators at Syncrude oil sands site


Senators Spivak, Cochrane and Smith during tour of Alberta Industrial Heartland



Vance Bekker of Hunt Personnel in Calgary celebrating his first day as a Canadian citizen with Senator McCoy.



January 27th, 2009 – Senator McCoy with Calgary Homeless Foundation president Tom Richter



Change Camp Ottawa, May 16, 2009 – Senator McCoy speaking about StimulusWatch.ca



Change Camp Ottawa, May 16, 2009 – Laura Wesley, our gov. 2.0 guru.



Change Camp Ottawa, May 16, 2009 – Senator McCoy, recording change campers comments



Change Camp Ottawa, May 16, 2009 – Senator McCoy with asst. Gwen Crowdis



Change Camp Ottawa, May 16, 2009 – Senator McCoy talking with change campers



Building Trades Conference May 26th – Senator McCoy at Building Trades conference



Building Trades Conference May 26th – Senator McCoy speaking at Energy legislative conference



Oil Sands Tour, 2009 – Laura Lochman, US Consul General in Calgary, on the 2009 Alberta Oil Sands Tour



Oil Sands Tour, 2009 – Margaret Grant, tour coordinator, during a stop at the Shell facilities airport



Oil Sands Tour, 2009 – Senator Pierre DeBane on the oil sands tour



Oil Sands Tour, 2009 – Senator Joyce Fairbarin on the oil sands tour



Oil Sands Tour, 2009 – Senator Pierette Ringuette on the oil sands tour



Oil Sands Tour, 2009 – Senator Elaine McCoy at the shell oil sands mine site



Oil Sands Tour, 2009 – Senator Anne Cools on the oil sands tour



Oil Sands Tour, 2009 – Mary-Ellen McCullough, asst to Senator Fairbairn on the oil sands tour



Oil Sands Tour, 2009 – Oil Sands truck driver



Enviro Trip to Washington – The Senate Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee in Washington



Enviro Trip to Washington – Senators Dick Neufeld and Elaine McCoy



October 9, 2009 – Jean McCoy celebrating her 90th birthday with her daughter



Conversation Calgary October 31, 2009 – Senator McCoy at Conversation Calgary with Elizabeth Huculak



November 3-4, 2009 – Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner with Senator McCoy at Climate Change Central board planning session



November 21, 2009 – Senator McCoy on a discussion panel at St. Paul University, Ottawa with Dr. John Robson, Mr. David Mitchell, Campbell Clark, Dr. Jack Stilborn and host Joanne Lalonde



University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon with Senator McCoy



At the Global Clean Energy Congress, Senator McCoy was co-moderator of the closing pannel



Global Clean Energy Congress