Mark Wells joins Nugent Law Office as a student-at-law after an eventful communications career. Born in Bashaw, Alberta, Mark completed an English degree at the University of Alberta and went on to work as a local newspaper reporter, where he learned how to write for regular people. His work in the newsroom made him realize he would rather be part of the story than the person writing it, so he joined the then-opposition NDP Caucus in 2007 and became the Director of Communications. Mark eventually moved to the communications section of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, where he later served as the Manager of Research, Education and Communications. Most recently he served as Managing Director of the Public Affairs Bureau for the Government of Alberta’s Executive Council.
Mark enrolled at the University of Alberta Law Faculty after witnessing the challenges faced by the union members he worked for, and learning the historical struggles of their predecessors. During his studies, he led AUPE’s communications in several private sector strikes, a grassroots fightback against the previous government’s attack on pensions, two wildcat strikes, countless rounds of collective agreement negotiations, and a public awareness campaign about the effects of outsourced food preparation in seniors’ care. At law school, he volunteered with Student Legal Services’ criminal project and served on the Kawaskhimon Moot team, representing the University of Alberta in an aboriginal law negotiations simulation at the University of New Brunswick.
In his free time Mark enjoys skiing, photography, and motorsports, but most of all spending time with his wife, and his young daughter and son.