Rick Orman

Senior Counsel

  • Strategic Counsel
  • Calgary

Phone: 403-681-7016

Rick brings a long and distinguished history of work in the public and private sector to the Canadian Strategy Group team. Through the course of his career, he has three times served as an Alberta cabinet minister, CEO of several junior energy companies, and board member to numerous privately held and publicly traded companies. For more than thirty years, Rick has accrued invaluable government, and business management expertise, as well as in corporate finance, negotiations and mergers and acquisitions.

During his time as MLA, Rick served in three cabinet portfolios: Career Development and Employment Responsible for Lotteries, Major Fairs and Exhibitions, Labour, and Energy, and was instrumental in leading, planning and implementing province wide initiatives that left a lasting impression, including the Labour Market Strategy, the Labour Code, Natural Resources Conservation Board, and Towards 2000 Together—a province-wide consultative initiative that sought public input on how Alberta could prepare for, and prosper in, the decade ahead.  He also led numerous trade and investment missions to the Middle-East and Southeast Asia.

Government Experience Highlights

MLA, Calgary Montrose (1986-1993)

Minister of Career Development and Employment Responsible for Lotteries, Major Exhibitions and Fairs

  • Developed and implemented Labour Market Strategy
  • Opened a Business Immigration office in Hong Kong

Minister of Labour

    • Implemented major changes to Labour Relations Code
  • Human Rights Commission
  • Personnel Administration Office
  • Alberta Labour Relations Board
  • Vice-Chair Labour Relations Committee
  • Treasury Board
  • Priorities, Finance and Coordination Committee of Cabinet

Minister of Energy

  • Co-chaired the first federal-provincial energy and environment ministers joint meeting on climate change held in Kananaskis, Alberta.
  • Delegate to first OPEC Conference on Energy and the Environment
  • Priorities, Finance, and Coordination Committee of Cabinet
  • Chair of Economic Planning Committee of Cabinet
  • Treasury Board
  • Priorities, Finance and Coordination Committee of Cabinet
  • Energy Resources Conservation Board
  • National Resources Conservation Board
  • Alberta Oil Sands Equity
  • Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission
  • Public Utilities Board
  • Alberta Oil Sands Technology and Research Authority

Corporate Experience Highlights

Rick, trained as a Petroleum Landman, has significant private sector experience serving as chairman, lead director, director and/or CEO of a number of privately held and publicly traded companies. He has also chaired a range of corporate board committees responsible for Compensation, Audit, and Corporate Governance.


  • U.S. Cross Border Award for the most significant contribution to enhancing natural gas trade between Canada and the U.S.
  • Award of recognition for co-founding the Clean Air Strategic Alliance
  • Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2011, Alberta Venture Magazine