Meet the Minister
Deputy Premier and Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education
Dave Hancock is in his fifth term as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Whitemud. On December 13, 2013, he was appointed Deputy Premier and Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education.
In addition, he currently serves as a member of the Operations Committee and the Cabinet Policy Committee on Public Health & Safety.
Prior to his current appointment, Dave served as Minister of Human Services and Government House Leader.
In his third term, he served as Minister of Health and Wellness and as Government House Leader. He was also appointed as a member of the Agenda and Priorities Committee, Treasury Board, the Legislative Review Committee, the Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing Committee, and the Cabinet Policy Committee on Community Services.
He has previously served as the Minister of Advanced Education, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Minister of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs, and vice-chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Education and Employment. During each of his terms in office, Dave has served as a member of Treasury Board and the Agenda and Priorities Committee.
Dave is a lawyer by profession and was a partner with Matheson and Company, Barristers and Solicitors, before entering public service. He received an arts degree in political science and economics, and a law degree from the University of Alberta.
He is a strong believer in giving back to the community. He supports numerous nonprofit and service organizations as time permits, including Success By 6, Meals on Wheels, and Kiwanis Club.
Dave was born in Fort Resolution, N.W.T. He lived in Hazelton, B.C., and the northern Alberta community of Fort Vermilion, graduating from La Crête Public School before moving to Edmonton to attend university.
He and his wife, Janet, have three children: Ian, Janis and Janine.