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Grant D. Sprague K.C., ICD.D


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A strategic executive advisor and leader with extensive experience in natural resources and related issues from both a policy and legal perspective.

Year of Call.




Grant has a wealth of executive experience in policy development, regulatory systems and governance in the natural resource sphere.


As Deputy Minister for Energy in Alberta, Grant has been charged with developing and implementing complex and challenging policies, as well as providing strategic advice to the highest levels of government over many years.  Grant served as Deputy Minister for Energy from July 2013 to May 2016 and again from April 2019 to June 2023.


Grant also served as Chair of the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Board which is responsible for marketing Alberta’s royalty share of oil. Further, Grant has served as a Director of the Alberta Energy Regulator and as Alberta’s Director on the board of Atlantik Bruecke Canada, a non-profit organisation promoting ties between Canada and Germany.


Grant has experience working with two significant law firms, addressing a broad range of legal issues, during his career.


Additionally, Grant has been a sessional instructor at the University of Alberta School of Business over many years, teaching an undergraduate class environmental law and several graduate level courses for the MBA program.


In 2023, Grant was appointed as a Senior Fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute, one of Canada’s most respected think tanks.


Grant has been acknowledged with the designation of King’s Counsel and the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee medal.  Grant has also obtained the ICD. D designation of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Career Highlights

Appointed King’s Counsel, 2010

Deputy Minister of Alberta, 2013 - 2016 & 2019 - 2023

Deputy Chief, Policy Coordination, 2011 - 2013

Assistant Deputy Minister of Legal Services, 2009 - 2011


Institute of Corporate Directors, Directors Education Program, 2016, ICD.D

University of Alberta, 1988
University of Alberta
, 1985, BA with Distinction


Atlantik Bruecke Canada, Board of Directors 2021-2023

Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission, Chair 2013-2016, 2019-2023 
China National Petroleum Corporation, Alberta Petroleum Commission, Vice Chair 2
005-2010, 2018-2020

Red Deer Search and Rescue, President 2001-2003

Edmonton's Ronald McDonald House, Director 1990-1993

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Co-Author, A Crisis of Our Own Making: Prospects for Major Natural Resource Projects in Canada, February 2017, Resolution C.D. Howe Institute

Panel Chair, Environmental Law: Key Strategies for Everyday Practice, Legal Education Society of Alberta

Speaker, C.D. Howe Annual Calgary Dinner, The National Energy Agenda and National Unity, November 2017

Speaker, Texas Energy Council's Annual Symposium, Dallas, May 2017

Speaker, Energy Leaders Round Table, Council for Clean and Renewable Energy, Ontario, April 2017

Contributing Author, Alberta Chapter in Environmental Spills: Emergency Responses, Clean Up and Liability, (1994) Jones and DeVillars

Co-Author, Energy Leaders Round Table, McConnell & Gerlock, Editors, Carswell 1993

"Thirty Years After the Franks Committee Report - Alberta's Report Card" (1989) 5 Admin Law Journal 66

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