Prof. Edward McCann

Edward McCann

Portadown College Rugby Captain 1957 - 1958

Family lawyer, formerly schoolteacher and professor, Ed McCann has the experience and perspective that results from over four decades of experience with students, academics and clients. He earned an Honours B.A. in 1962 from Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, followed by his Diploma in Education in 1963 from the same institution. He taught at Rainey Endowed School in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland until 1968. In 1970 he earned his M.Ed. degree from the University of Wales, and his M.Sc. in 1977 from the University of Bradford in England.

From 1969 to 1984, Ed was a Professor of Educational Psychology at Stranmillis College in Belfast, and an accredited Professor of Educational Psychology at Belfast's Queen's University. He then changed both his career and his location, coming to Canada to earn a LL.B. degree from the University of Calgary in 1986. He first worked with the firm of McConnan, Bion O'Connor and Peterson in Victoria before joining Soby Boyden Lenz in 1989, where he has since remained, becoming a partner in 1991.
Ed has litigated, in all levels of Court in Alberta, issues involving spousal and child support, custody and access, matrimonial and common law property division, international child abduction and same-sex relationships.

Professional Contributions

President, Family Law Subsection, South Alberta Canadian Bar Association
Instructor in Family Law, Bar Admission courses
In-service courses for serving teachers; initiator of courses on Classroom Management
Publications on corporal punishment in schools

Memberships and Associations
Past member of the British Psychological Society
Past member of the Law Society of British Columbia
Member of Law Society of Alberta
Member of Canadian Bar Association
Member of the Calgary Law Day Committee
Advisory Panel, Sports in Schools, Northern Ireland Government

Community Service
Board of Directors, Parents Anonymous/Children's Cottage
Board of Directors, Calgary French and International School
Coaching forwards at James Bay Rugby Football Club of Victoria, and Calgary Irish Rugby
Football Club
Coaching forwards for the Canadian National Rugby Team
Coaching Rugby at Western Canada High School, Calgary, 2008

Lifelong interest in competitive sports
Played rugby at elite level in United Kingdom
Running and resistance training
Certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist and as a Personal Trainer by the
National Strength and Conditioning Association, U.S.A
Graduate of Mount Royal College Personal Fitness Trainer Program