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Doug Schweitzer  E.C.A., K.C.



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Corporate Lawyer.
Helping clients with their needs relating to public policy, economic development, and restructuring.

Year of Call.



Coming October 30th


Doug is a founding partner at Blue Rock Law LLP and a former Cabinet Minister in the Government of Alberta. He understands that legal advice is not just about providing information or solutions, but also about understanding the context, goals and challenges facing a client. Legal advice is often sought by leaders and decision-makers who face complex and uncertain situations, and who need guidance from someone who has been in their shoes. It requires a deep understanding of the client’s situation and needs, as well as the ability to provide insights and recommendations that are relevant, practical and effective. 

He was a Partner at a large international law firm practicing in insolvency and restructuring. With over a decade of experience in this area, he has represented clients in some of the largest restructurings in Western Canada. He joined Blue Rock Law to continue his passion for helping clients achieve successful outcomes in complex and challenging legal situations. 

During his time as an elected official, Doug led the development of Alberta’s successful economic Recovery Plan to build on Alberta’s strengths and diversify its economy. In addition to coordinating industry strategies across Government, he was directly responsible for developing provincial strategies for: technology and innovation, aerospace and logistics, manufacturing, film and television, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, and tourism. He represented the constituency of Calgary-Elbow and served as the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, as well as Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation. 

Prior to joining Blue Rock Law, Doug was a Senior Advisor to a large international consulting and advisory firm. Strategic advice is not just about problem solving, it also involves innovation, transformation, and creating lasting impact. This requires the development of a strong relationship with clients – one based on trust, respect, and aligned interests.  

Career Highlights

Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, 2019-2022 

  • Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

  • Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation 

  • Leadership Positions and Cabinet Committees: 

    • Deputy Government House Leader

    • Chair, Legislative Review Committee 

    • Chair, Jobs and Economy Cabinet Committee 

    • Priorities Implementation Cabinet Committee 

    • Emergency Response Cabinet Committee 

    • Treasury Board 

  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 2020

  • Partner at a large international law firm 

  • Senior Advisor at an international consulting and advisory firm


University of Manitoba, 2006


Director, Calgary Academy
Board Advisor, InterGen

Representative Work

Economic Development and Incentives 

  • Government of Alberta: responsible for the development of provincial strategies in the following areas: 

    • Technology and Innovation

    • Aerospace and Logistics

    • Manufacturing

    • Film and Television

    • Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences

    • Tourism

  • Government of Alberta: played a key role in attracting investments into the province in the following industries: film / tv, tech sector, aerospace, manufacturing, logistics, life sciences, and agriculture. 

  • Economic Development Organization: Advised on successful application for Federal Funding for energy transition project. 

  • Manufacturing Company: Advised on successful application for funding from Federal Supercluster. 

Insolvency & Restructuring

  • Financial Institutions: Advised numerous financial institutions on enforcement proceedings, forbearance agreements, and the recovery of their loans.  

  • Receivers and Monitors: Advised numerous receivers and monitors in legal proceedings. 

  • Debtors and Creditors: Advised debtors and creditors in respect of bankruptcy and insolvency matters, receiverships, foreclosures, forbearance agreements and workout strategies.

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