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Ex-cabinet minister joins Deloitte, McInnes Cooper as adviser

Thursday, December 17, 2020 @ 1:05 PM | By John Chunn

Deloitte and McInnes Cooper announced that former federal cabinet minister Peter MacKay has recently joined both firms as a strategic adviser.

According to a press release from the firms, at Deloitte Canada, MacKay will provide strategic advice on projects related to the firm’s  government and public services industry practice. He will focus on defence modernization, justice reform, infrastructure and economic development. 

“Peter joins Deloitte Canada with tremendous leadership experience,” said Anthony Viel, chief executive officer, Deloitte Canada.  “While at the helm of critical government portfolios, he confronted issues of national importance with pragmatism and resourcefulness — working diligently and passionately to strengthen the country for all Canadians. He will continue to be a champion of our country’s future as a thriving nation and we’re pleased to welcome him to the firm.”

In his role with McInnes Cooper, MacKay will provide counsel to the firm’s clients related to his broad areas of expertise. 

“Peter’s wealth of professional experience and public service, combined with his Atlantic Canadian roots and national and international background, provide McInnes Cooper with invaluable opportunities to support and partner with our clients in new and meaningful ways,” said managing partner, Kevin Kiley.

“I’m thrilled by the opportunity to collaborate with two such diverse, well-regarded and talent-rich firms,” said MacKay. “I look forward to applying my experience and expertise and collaborating with both teams to achieve successful results and to working on national files, while also helping Atlantic Canadian organizations and businesses thrive.”

Peter served in the Parliament of Canada for over 18 years as a cabinet minister in high-profile portfolios, including justice and attorney general, Department of National Defence, Foreign Affairs and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. He chaired the government national security committee for almost 10 years.

He started his legal career in Nova Scotia as a Crown prosecutor (Criminal Law Division) and worked as a general practitioner before entering politics. MacKay earned a BA from Acadia University in 1987, and his LLB from Dalhousie University in 1990. He is entering his 30th year as a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers society and is also called to the bar in Ontario.