Born in Regina, Saskatchewan as the son of a Canadian soldier and a teacher, Jonathan graduated with degrees in commerce and law at age 24. Jonathan moved to Calgary after graduation and was called to the Alberta bar as a lawyer in 2001 and was a key member of one of Canada’s national law firms.
Jonathan was elected MLA for Calgary-Egmont (later Calgary-Acadia) in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. In addition to his duties as a legislator, Jonathan has served in several senior cabinet roles, including Parliamentary Assistant for Energy, Minister of Housing, Solicitor General, Minister of Public Security, Provincial Secretary, Minister of Justice, Attorney General, and Government House Leader.
Since returning to the private sector, Jonathan founded Guardian Law with Dale Fedorchuk, QC and Donna Gee. Jonathan’s practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation and public affairs consulting. Jonathan is also a member of the Board of Directors of Liberty West Properties Inc. (a property management firm) and Arvic Search Services Inc. (an Alberta-wide business services firm).
Jonathan is frequently invited as a guest speaker to organizations and charities in Alberta. Jonathan has received numerous accolades including being named to the Queen’s Counsel of Alberta and one of Avenue Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40”.