John Zaozirny

John Brian Zaozirny (born June 26, 1947) is a businessman, lawyer and politician from Alberta, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1979 to 1986 and served as the Minister of Energy from 1982 to 1986.

John Brian Zaozirny
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
Preceded byNew District
Succeeded byBarry Pashak
ConstituencyCalgary-Forest Lawn
Minister of Energy and Natural Resources
In office
Preceded byMerv Leitch
Succeeded byNeil Webber
Personal details
Born (1947-06-26) June 26, 1947 (age 73)
Calgary, Alberta
Political partyProgressive Conservative

Political careerEdit

Zaozirny first ran for a seat to the Alberta Legislature in the 1979 Alberta general election as a Progressive Conservative candidate. He defeated five other candidates in the new electoral district of Calgary-Forest Lawn.[1] In the 1982 general election he won by a massive landslide and nearly doubled his plurality from the 1979 election.[2]

After the 1982 election Premier Peter Lougheed appointed Zaozirny Minister of Energy and Natural Resources. On behalf of the Government of Alberta he negotiated the end to the National Energy Program which resulted in the Western Energy Accord.[3] For this the Alberta Chamber of Resources named him Resource Man of The Year in 1985.[3] Zaozirny remained Minister of Energy after Don Getty became Premier in 1985. He retired from provincial politics at dissolution of the Legislature in 1986.

Business careerEdit

After leaving politics, Zaozirny joined the law firm of Russell & DuMoulin as a partner.[3] Less than a year later he joined McCarthy Tétrault LLP as counsel in its corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions group for Calgary and Vancouver.[4] In 1987 the University of Calgary gave him its Distinguished Alumni award.[4]

In 1988 Zaozirny joined Pengrowth Energy Corporation's board of directors and continues to serve with the company as Chairman of the Board of Directors.[5] He is also Vice Chair and Director of Canaccord Capital[5] and a director of a number of other public companies.


  1. ^ "Calgary-Forest Lawn results 1979". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved October 24, 2009.
  2. ^ "Calgary-Forest Lawn results 1982". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved October 24, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c "Executive Profile". Business Week. Retrieved October 24, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Distinguished Alumni". University of Calgary. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Board of Directors: John B. Zaozirny". Pengrowth Energy. Retrieved March 16, 2011.

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