Louis Davies Hyndman (1994–1998)
Named the fifteenth Chancellor of the University of Alberta on June 10, 1994, Louis Davies Hyndman was born in Edmonton on July 1, 1935. He attended the University of Alberta, where he received a BA and an LLB. During his time at the University, he was Law Representative to the Students’ Council (1957–1958), a speaker of the model parliament, and President of the Students’ Union (1958–1959). He was also a member of the History Club and Debating Society executives, a McGoun Debater, and a member of Zeta Psi.
After graduation, Hyndman worked as a lawyer until 1967; it was then that he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. From 1967 through 1986, when he rejoined the law firm of Field Atkinson Perraton, Hyndman served as the Minister of Education, Minister of Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs, Government House Leader, and Provincial Treasurer. He was appointed to Queen’s Counsel in 1975 and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993.
Hyndman has also chaired the Premier's Commission on Future Health Care for Albertans (1987–1989), the Royal Commission on a National Passenger System for Canada in the 21st Century (1989–1992), and the Canadian Safety and Accident Board Review Commission (1993). From 1993 through 1996, he was Honourable Captain with the 4th Destroyer Squadron of the Royal Canadian Navy.
An active member of the community, Hyndman has been involved with such organizations as the Alberta Association of Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities and Goodwill Rehabilitation Institute of Alberta. He was also a member of the board of directors of numerous corporations, including the CD Howe Institute, TransAlta Utilities, and the Asia Pacific Foundation.