Dr. Morton is currently an Executive Fellow at The School of Public Policy. In 2017 he retired from his position of Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary, where he taught for 36 years. During this time, he was also a visiting scholar at universities in France, Australia, and North America. From 2013-2017, he was a Senior Fellow, Energy and Environment, at the Manning Foundation for Building Democracy.
Dr. Morton currently serves on the Community Advisory Board of the Alberta Land Institute at the University of Alberta. From 2013-2016, he was on the Board of Governors of the Canadian Council of Academies (Ottawa). Since 2015, Dr. Morton has consulted on Western Canadian energy issues through the US firm Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG). He is a member of the Board of Directors of Yangarra Resources. He has also received several awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award for public service from the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France, and the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation’s annual “Tax-Fighter Award.”
Dr. Morton was the MLA for Foothills-Rocky View from 2004-2012. During this time, he served as Minister of Energy for the Government of Alberta (2011-12); Minister of Finance (2010); and Minister of Sustainable Resources Development (2006-2009). In 2001, he was the Director of Policy and Research for the Office of the Official Opposition in the Canadian House of Commons. In 1998, he was one of two Albertans elected as an Alberta Senator-in-waiting.
In 2017, he served as a policy advisor to Jason Kenney, the new leader of the United Conservative Party of Alberta and now the Premier of Alberta. Dr. Morton continues to write and speak on issues of public finance, energy and environment, and federal-provincial relations. He is the author and editor of several books, including Law, Politics and the Judicial Process in Canada, first published in 1984, and over fifty scholarly articles.