Caroline Cochrane

Caroline Cochrane (born December 1960) is a Canadian politician, who is the 13th and current Premier of the Northwest Territories.[2] She is the only currently serving female premier in Canada and the second female premier of the Northwest Territories after Nellie Cournoyea, who served from 1991 to 1995.[3]

Caroline Cochrane

13th Premier of the Northwest Territories
Assumed office
October 24, 2019
CommissionerMargaret Thom
Preceded byBob McLeod
Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
Assumed office
November 23, 2015
Preceded byDaryl Dolynny
ConstituencyRange Lake
Personal details
BornDecember 1960 (age 5859)[1]
Political partynon-partisan
consensus government
ResidenceYellowknife, Northwest Territories

She was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories in the 2015 election,[4] representing the electoral district of Range Lake. She was formerly known as Caroline Cochrane-Johnson.

Prior to her election to the legislature, Cochrane was CEO of the Centre for Northern Families, a social service agency administered by the Yellowknife Women's Society in Yellowknife.[5]

In October 2019, Cochrane defeated three other candidates after three rounds of secret-ballot votes and was elected Premier of the Northwest Territories.[6]


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