2023 Merv Leitch, QC, Memorial Lecture

March 20 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM | McLennan Ross Hall (231/237)

Ian Hanomansing

Ian Hanomansing, CBC host and reporter, will deliver the 2023 Merv Leitch QC Memorial Lecture in-person on March 20 to the University of Alberta Faculty of Law.

The Merv Leitch, QC, Memorial Lecture

The Leitch Lecture has been a tradition in the Faculties of Law at the U of A and the U of C since 1991. It honours the late Merv Leitch, QC, ‘52 BA, LLB. The late Peter Lougheed and other friends and associates of Leitch created an endowment that funds the lecture to honor the significant contributions he made while serving his fellow Albertans.

In addition to serving in the Royal Canadian Navy, Leitch was also a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1971 to 1982, serving as attorney general, provincial treasurer and minister of Energy and Natural Resources.

Outside of his time in politics, Leitch was a partner with Macleod Dixon (now Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP) in Calgary, served as president of the Calgary Bar Association and as a bencher of the Law Society of Alberta.


Ian Hanomansing hosts CBC News' flagship program The National from Vancouver on Fridays and Sundays, and is also the host of Cross Country Checkup on CBC Radio and CBC News Network. Hanomansing was born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, and grew up in Sackville, New Brunswick. He graduated with an honours B.A. in political science and sociology from Mount Allison University in Sackville, where he was valedictorian; he also has a law degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax. While in university, Hanomansing won six national university debating and public speaking championships.