Gordon Barnhart C.M., S.O.M., PhD

Gordon Barnhart C.M., S.O.M., PhD

Governance and Admin Expert

Gordon Barnhart is an historian and recognized expert on the Canadian parliamentary process. Dr. Barnhart’s extensive experience in government includes serving as Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan and later Clerk of the Senate of Canada. He has worked as a consultant to strengthen democratic governance in countries around the world. Gordon obtained a Ph.D. in history at the University of Saskatchewan, where he taught political studies and served as University Secretary. He has published several books on prairie history and Saskatchewan political figures.

Current Responsibilities

Municipal Management

Years of Experience





PhD in History – University of Saskatchewan

Master of Arts, specialization in History – University of Regina

Bachelor of Arts, specialization in History (with Honours) – University of Saskatchewan

Professional Designation

Member of the Order of Canada
Saskatchewan Order of Merit


  • President of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (Municipalities of Saskatchewan) from February 2017 to February 2021
  • Interim President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan in 2014/2015
  • Saskatchewan’s 20th Lieutenant Governor from 2006 to 2012
  • Chancellor of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and Vice-Prior of the Order of St. John in Saskatchewan 2006 to 2012
  • Town of Saltcoats and served as Mayor, member of Town Council and Chair of the Finance Committee, 2016 to 2022


  • Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy, 2013
  • University of Saskatchewan’s 100 Alumni of Influence, 2007
  • Established the Lieutenant Governor’s Leadership Forum to inspire high school students to rise to the challenge of leadership.

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