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Madu named Alberta Justice minister

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 @ 12:16 PM | By Ian Burns

Alberta’s Justice Ministry has a new head at the table.

Kelechi (Kaycee) Madu was named minister of Justice and solicitor general in a cabinet shuffle by Premier Jason Kenney Aug. 25. Madu replaces Doug Schweitzer, who was appointed minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation.

Madu, who was elected MLA for Edmonton-South West in 2019, previously served as minister of Municipal Affairs. Born and raised in Nigeria, he attended the University of Lagos, where he graduated with a bachelor of laws degree. In 2005, he and his wife immigrated to Canada.

He has practised law in both Canada and Nigeria. In addition to running Tisel Law Office with his wife, Emem, he has worked for Legal Aid Alberta and volunteered with the Edmonton Community Legal Centre and the lawyer referral program of the Law Society of Alberta. He has also worked as a senior technical adviser for the Alberta government, with a focus on legislative and regulatory reviews, operational and strategic public policies, issues management and stakeholder consultation.

In 2009, alongside a team he worked with in the public service, Madu was awarded the Premier’s Award of Excellence in the bronze medal category. He continues to volunteer with Alberta’s Nigerian and Igbo communities.