Brad Wall will still call Swift Current home despite taking a new position at a Calgary-based law firm.
Saskatchewan’s former premier has accepted a position as a special advisor with Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt.
In a news release, the firm, which specializes in business management, growth and expertise, pointed to the work Wall has done as “an advocate of sustainable economic development.”
Many of the firm’s clients are involved in the energy sector and Wall believes he can provide a specific expertise for those clients.
“These firms often just want to be able to have someone provide their clients that perspective on what governments might be looking for and what they should be expecting on their side of things,” Wall explained in a phone interview with Gormley Wednesday.
“I can perhaps provide a perspective on what governments might be expecting and what they can expect when they are working through a regulatory process.”
The release highlighted Wall’s work in bolstering Saskatchewan’s economy and fostering growth in employment, investment and revenues.
“Some have called Brad one of Canada’s great leaders. We agree with that assessment,” said Osler Managing Partner and Chief Executive, Doug Bryce.
“We are excited to be able to offer our clients his strategic insights, particularly in the energy and agri-food businesses where Brad has an exceptional understanding of the inextricable links among the political, business and trade spheres,” Bryce added.
Despite some jabs from political opponents like Alberta Premier Rachel Notley that he was leaving the province for work, Wall says Swift Current remains home.
He will, however, travel to Calgary two or three times a month. His work may also have him meeting clients elsewhere in the country.
After 20 years in politics, including 10 as premier, Wall announced his retirement in late August and officially retired at the end of January.
Given his championing of Canada’s oil and gas sector, many expected Wall to begin a new career in that industry. His work with Osler will include that field which Wall says is a good fit.