Doug Schweitzer joins Deloitte as senior advisor

13 September 2022 2 min. read
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Doug Schweitzer, a former cabinet minister in Alberta’s provincial government, has joined Deloitte’s Calgary office as a senior advisor in the consulting practice.

Schweitzer last month resigned his cabinet post as minister of jobs, economy, and innovation, having served in the role since the ministry’s inception in 2020. He previously announced in May that he would not be seeking re-election in the next Alberta general election, which is scheduled for spring 2023.

Schweitzer did not give a reason for his resignation, though he noted the province’s finances were now in much better shape because of the oil price rebound.

A lawyer by trade, Schweitzer was elected as the United Conservative Party MLA for Calgary-Elbow in 2019 and was subsequently tapped by premier Jason Kenney to serve as minister of justice and solicitor general. As minister of jobs, economy, and innovation, he led the development of Alberta’s economic recovery plan – which included efforts to diversify the province’s economy beyond oil and gas. Schweitzer was directly responsible for developing strategies for technology and innovation, aerospace and logistics, manufacturing, film and television, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, and tourism.Doug Schweitzer joins Deloitte as senior advisorHis previous work in the political sphere includes serving as CEO of the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba and managing the 2014 leadership campaign of former premier Jim Prentice.

Before joining the Alberta legislature, Schweitzer spent over six years at law firm Dentons, where he was a partner in the Calgary office. Before that, he was a lawyer at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and Bennett Jones LLP.

In his new role as a senior advisor at Deloitte, Schweitzer will provide strategic leadership on technology, media, and telecom (TMT) industry engagements in the Canada West and Prairie regions.

“Doug brings tremendous leadership to the practice, which is one of the world's most recognized TMT brands," said Steve Winsor, TMT business industry leader, consulting. "Doug's contributions have been instrumental in setting Alberta back on the path of economic prosperity, by diversifying the province's industry base and leading job creation and growth.”

Schweitzer added, "I am looking forward to working with Deloitte's leadership team, and utilizing my experience, to help businesses and organizations thrive across the Prairies and around the world."

Deloitte in 2020 hired former cabinet minister Peter MacKay as a senior advisor in its government sector practice.