Stephanie McLean was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as the Member for the constituency of Calgary-Varsity on May 5, 2015. On February 2, 2016, Ms. McLean was appointed Minister of Service Alberta and Minister of Status of Women. She is also the deputy government whip.
She is a member of the Special Standing Committee on Members' Services and the Select Special Ethics and Accountability Committee.
Prior to serving as a Member of the Legislative Assembly, Ms. McLean started a small business practising law and later partnered to create GTM LLP, where she practised family and criminal litigation. Ms. McLean no longer practises law in this capacity as she now solely devotes her time to serving the constituents of Calgary-Varsity.
Born in Calgary and educated in Alberta, Ms. McLean earned a bachelor of arts in philosophy and religious studies at Concordia University College of Alberta in 2008 and received her law degree from the University of Calgary in 2012. Ms. McLean was trained at the law firm of Davidson Gregory Danyluik, the Provincial Court of Alberta under the mentorship of the Honourable Judge Anne Brown and through the Alberta Crown prosecution service.
Active in her community, she presently serves on the board of directors for Alberta Theatre Projects and as a mentor lawyer through the University of Calgary Student Legal Assistance mentorship program. Ms. McLean has offered legal assistance to and has volunteered with Calgary Legal Guidance, the University of Calgary Student Legal Assistance advising lawyer program, the Elizabeth Fry Society and the Calgary Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
Ms. McLean is passionate about social justice, health care, advanced education and the performing arts. She and her husband, Shane, are residents of Calgary-Varsity; they enjoy attending local theatre, walking their dogs in off-leash parks and spending time with friends and family.