Fonds PR2204 - Gary Mar fonds

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Gary Mar fonds

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    • 1993-1995 (Creation)

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    0.70 m of textual records
    1 audiocassette

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    Biographical history

    Gary G. Mar was born in Calgary on July 26, 1962. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree at the University of Calgary in 1984 and his Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Alberta in 1987. He returned to Calgary, where he practiced civil and criminal law with MacKimmie Matthews (1987-1990) and commercial and real estate law with Code Hunter (1990-1992) before opening his own general law practice in Calgary. He was appointed Queen’s Council in 1994.

    In addition to his legal career, he was active in community organizations, serving as a director of the Sien Lok Society (1987-1993), which promotes Chinese culture in Calgary and developed Sien Lok Park, as well as a vice-president of the Chinatown Development Foundation (1990-1993), which operated an 88-unit low-income housing facility. He has also served as a volunteer with Calgary Legal Guidance, which provides legal services to low-income persons.

    He was elected as a Progressive Conservative MLA for the electoral districts of Calgary-Nose Creek (1993-2004) and Calgary-Mackay (2004-2007). He served as Minister of Community Development (1993-1996, 2004-2006), Minister of Education (1996-1999), Minister of Environment (1999-2000), Minister of Health and Wellness (2000-2004), and Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations (2006). He resigned his seat in 2007 to serve as Alberta's trade representative in Washington, D.C.

    He represented Alberta as its Agent-General in Washington from 2007 to 2011. He resigned to launch a bid for the leadership of the Alberta Conservatives, but, following his defeat, was appointed as Alberta's trade envoy to Asia (2011-2015). He also served on a variety of community and corporate boards, including a term as president of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada and president and chief executive officer of the Canada West Foundation.

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    The fonds consist of records created and received by Gary Mar in his role as Minister of Community Development, including records from his predecessor Dianne Mirosh that Mar received upon taking office. The records includes subject files and/or correspondence to and from Ministers Mirosh and Mar on Alberta historic sites, human rights issues, film classification, charitable foundations relating to sport and culture, and library funding. The fonds also includes MLA liaison files for Pat Black, Jocelyn Burgener and Roy Brassard.

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    Acquired from Gary Mar in 2003.


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        The material is in English.

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Further accruals are expected.

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        Includes accession PR2006.0002.

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