Edward McCann


Edward McCann

Of Counsel
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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 country, 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 & Peterson in Victoria before joining Soby Boyden Lenz LLP 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 family law and child abduction, and same-sex relationships.Ed has retired but continues to serve as counsel to the firm. He now has more time to travel with his wife Maggie.

Martindale Hubbell Notable

Professional Contributions

  • President-Family Law Subsection, South Alberta Canadian Bar Association
  • Instructor in Family Law, Bar Admission Courses
  • In-service courses for serving teachers; intiator of courses on Classroom Management
  • Publications on corporal punishments in school
  • Presenter at Canadian Bar Association National Conference, Calgary, 2007; Alternative and Contemporary Parenting Issues and the Law
  • Advisory Panel, Sports in Schools, Northern Ireland Government
  • Mentor for Student Legal Assistance (SLA), University of Calgary

Memberships and Associations

  • Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers; www.iafl.org
  • Past member of the British Psychological Society
  • Past member of Law Society of British Columbia
  • Member of Law Society of Alberta
  • Member of Canadian Bar Association
  • Memberof the Calgary Law Day Committee

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 untill 2011


  • 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


Ed was married in july 1982 and has one daughter born in june 1990.