Bill Ranson Q.C.

ASSOCIATE / Wills & EstatesBusiness Law


Bill has extensive experience in the estate planning field which, in conjunction with certain training from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, makes him an invaluable asset to his clients.

Bill is an experienced advisor to executors and administrators of estates, and has established and advised many family trusts. While the majority of Bill’s practice focuses on wills and estates, he also works with corporate clients, advising them on start-ups and legislative requirements and changes.

Bill has practised law in Calgary since 1977 including five years as in-house tax counsel at Texaco Canada Resources. Since returning to private practice, Bill has advised on the structure of transactions between Canadian corporations and representatives in a number of other countries including, Iran, Gabon, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Mexico, Australia and Cuba. He has experience in the structuring and reorganizing of corporations, owner-managed businesses, and partnerships.

When he’s not at work, Bill indulges his passion for cooking, using fresh, natural foods. He is an avid photographer and combined that interest with scuba diving to explore the art of underwater photography. Bill also loves spending time with his five grandchildren.


  • University of Calgary, B.A. Economics

  • Carleton University, B.Comm. (Honours)

  • University of Ottawa Law School, LL.B.

  • Admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1978

Professional and Community Experience

  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2008

  • Member of the Calgary Estate Planning Council

  • Chair of SAIT Trojan Athletic Foundation Board

  • Founding Director and Past President, Country Hills Golf and Country Club

  • Past Chair of the Alberta Law Reform Legislative Review Committee

  • Past President, Calgary Winter Club Board of Directors