Don MacKenzie

Executive Director, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Senior Legal Counsel at Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI

Don MacKenzie was born and raised in Charlottetown. He graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in biology and obtained his law degree from Dalhousie University. He practiced law at the Charlottetown firm of Foster Hennessey MacKenzie for 15 years, during which time he worked on many files related to the Mi’kmaq community, including on behalf of both the Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nations. He joined the Confederacy in 2006 as its Legal/Band Government Advisor, assumed the role of Director of Intergovernmental Affairs the following year and was appointed Executive Director by the MCPEI Board of Directors in January 2014. Don assumes responsibility for general oversight of the organization, as well as continues to undertake the roles of legal advisor and lead negotiator on Aboriginal and treaty rights matters.