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Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau

23rd Prime Minister of Canada

Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau

23rd Prime Minister of Canada

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    Hon. Navdeep Bains

    Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

    Hon.  Navdeep Bains

    Hon. Navdeep Bains

    Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

    Mississauga-Malton

    Navdeep Bains is a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University - Ted Rogers School of Management and holds an MBA with a specialization in Finance. As a Certified Management Accountant, he has worked several years in accounting and financial analysis for the Ford Motor Company of Canada.

    Navdeep is a longtime resident of both Mississauga and Brampton and has strong ties to the social and cultural associations of Mississauga—Malton. Navdeep has been active in a variety of community organizations, as a board member for the Mississauga Food Bank, having worked with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Guru Gobind Singh Children’s Foundation, as well as having served as an Ontario board member with the Heart and Stroke Foundation. He is the recipient of a number of awards recognizing his work in promoting diversity within his community.

    Having served as the Member of Parliament for Mississauga—Brampton South from 2004 to 2011, Navdeep gained extensive experience as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and as the Liberal Critic for Public Works and Government Services, the Treasury Board, International Trade, Natural Resources, and Small Business and Tourism.

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    Hon. Carolyn Bennett

    Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

    Hon.  Carolyn Bennett

    Hon. Carolyn Bennett

    Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

    Toronto-St. Paul’s

    The Hon. Carolyn Bennett, MD was first elected to the House of Commons as the Member of Parliament for St. Paul’s in the 1997 general election, and she was subsequently re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011. In 2015, Carolyn was re-elected in the newly-renamed electoral district of Toronto-St. Paul's.

    In December 2003, in the wake of the SARS outbreak, Prime Minister Paul Martin appointed Carolyn as the first ever Minister of State (Public Health). In her two years as Minister, she set up the Public Health Agency of Canada, appointed the first Chief Public Health Officer for Canada, and established the Public Health Network, which enabled all provinces and territories to work with the federal government to protect the health of Canadians.

    Carolyn has served as Chair of the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament, the Human Resources Development Committee sub-committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities, and the Canada-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group. Carolyn has also served on the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates, the Standing Committee on Finance, and the Standing Committee on Health. Carolyn has also held the roles of Official Opposition Critic for Health, Official Opposition Critic for Democratic Renewal, and more recently, Liberal Party Critic for Aboriginal Affairs and Chair of the National Liberal Women’s Caucus.

    In November 2015, Carolyn was appointed as Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

    Prior to her election, Dr. Carolyn Bennett was a family physician, and a founding partner of Bedford Medical Associates in downtown Toronto. Carolyn obtained her degree in medicine from the University of Toronto in 1974, and received her certification in Family Medicine in 1976. She is author of “Kill or Cure? How Canadians Can Remake their Health Care System,” published in October 2000.

    Carolyn was President of the Medical Staff Association of Women’s College Hospital and Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She also served on the Boards of Havergal College, Women’s College Hospital, the Ontario Medical Association, and the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto.

    In 1986, Carolyn received the Royal Life Saving Society Service Cross — a Commonwealth award recognizing her more than twenty years of distinguished service. In 2002, she was the recipient of the coveted EVE Award for contributing to the advancement of women in politics and in 2003 received the first ever CAMIMH Mental Health Champion Award. In 2009, the College of Family Physicians of Canada honoured Carolyn with the W. Victor Johnston Award for lifetime contribution to family practice medicine in Canada and internationally.

    Carolyn and her husband, Canadian film producer Peter O’Brian, have two sons and a chocolate lab, Marley.

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    Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau

    Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

    Hon.  Marie-Claude Bibeau

    Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau

    Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

    Compton-Stanstead

    Marie-Claude Bibeau was born, raised and educated in Sherbrooke. She started her career at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), working in Ottawa, Montréal, Morocco and Benin, in Africa. Marie-Claude eventually settled in the riding of Compton–Stanstead to raise her family, work, and volunteer in the community. She now hopes to defend the interests of its residents in the House of Commons.

    Marie-Claude is an experienced businesswoman and for the last 15 years has co-owned Camping de Compton – a successful tourism business that has won numerous awards. She was also the director of accreditation for the Sherbrooke 2013 Canada Summer Games and is currently the Executive Director of the Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Science.

    Active in her community, Marie-Claude is the Founder and Coordinator of the Regroupement des institutions muséales des Cantons-de-l’Est – an association of museums in the Eastern Townships. She is a former board member of Commerce Sherbrooke, Destination Sherbrooke, Animation Centre-ville and Société des musées québécois. She was also the secretary of the Compton revitalization committee, a member of the strategic planning committee of the regional county municipality (RCM) of Coaticook, and chair of the governing board of École Louis-St-Laurent in Compton.

    Marie-Claude holds a BSc in Economics and a graduate diploma in Environmental Management from Université de Sherbrooke.

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    Hon. Scott Brison

    President of the Treasury Board

    Hon.  Scott Brison

    Hon. Scott Brison

    President of the Treasury Board

    Kings-Hants

    Scott Brison, the Liberal Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants (Nova Scotia), has won election to Canada's House of Commons in six general elections: June 1997, November 2000, June 2004, January 2006, October 2008 and May 2011. He is a key Liberal Party spokesperson on economic issues and currently serves as the Liberal Party Critic for Finance. He also serves as Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.

    Mr. Brison is a member of the Trilateral Commission and has been named by the World Economic Forum (WEF) of Davos, Switzerland, as one of its ""Young Global Leaders."" In August 2010, he was awarded the Order of San Carlos by Colombian President Álvaro Uribe in recognition of his contributions to the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.

    He served as Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and Receiver General of Canada, from 2004 to 2006, the youngest member of Prime Minister Paul Martin's cabinet. He also served on three cabinet committees: Treasury Board, Domestic Affairs and Expenditure Review. Mr. Brison previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister with special emphasis on Canada-U.S. Relations. He was a candidate for the leadership of the Liberal Party at the December 2006 convention.

    Mr. Brison has had extensive private sector experience as an entrepreneur and investment banker. He has served as Vice-President of a Canadian investment bank and currently serves as Chairman of SeaFort Capital Inc., a Canadian private equity firm.

    Mr. Brison and his partner, Maxime St-Pierre live in Cheverie, Nova Scotia, on the shores of the Minas Basin, home of the world's highest tides. He was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia on May 10th, 1967 and in 1989 graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in finance. He has completed the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century Executive Education program at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

    In his spare time he enjoys economics, foreign policy, sea kayaking, downhill skiing and growing apples.

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    Hon. Jim Carr

    Minister of Natural Resources

    Hon.  Jim Carr

    Hon. Jim Carr

    Minister of Natural Resources

    Winnipeg South Centre

    Jim Carr has been a dedicated business and community leader in Winnipeg for more than 30 years. Jim began his career as a musician, as an oboist and trustee with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He then moved on to journalism, working as a reporter and columnist with the Winnipeg Free Press as well as for CBC Radio.
     
    Jim entered public life with the Manitoba Liberal Party in 1988, when he was elected to represent Fort Rouge in the Manitoba Legislature. He was also the deputy leader of the party. Jim later went on to become the founding CEO of the Business Council of Manitoba, where he has worked alongside business leaders to address issues critical to Manitobans and Canadians.

    Jim is also an active volunteer with a number of local, provincial, and national organizations. He is the founding co-chair of the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council, member of the board of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, member of the board of the Canada West Foundation, and member of the board of the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at the University of Manitoba.

    Jim’s community leadership has earned him numerous awards, including the Canada 125 Medal, the Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Order of Manitoba.

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    Hon. Bardish Chagger

    Minister of Small Business and Tourism

    Hon.  Bardish Chagger

    Hon. Bardish Chagger

    Minister of Small Business and Tourism

    Waterloo

    A natural leader and organizer, Bardish Chagger is devoted to inclusion and community building. From assisting with recreational sports for kids to volunteering with seniors, Bardish is committed to strengthening the bonds of the Waterloo community.

    In her current role with the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre, Bardish works to foster existing diversity within the community while providing the opportunities for engagement. As the former executive assistant to former Member of Parliament Andrew Telegdi, Bardish has a deep understanding of the issues that are important to residents of Waterloo: manufacturing, technology, and innovation. Passionate about community involvement, Bardish has lent her support to many different causes and organizations including Waterloo Rotary, Interfaith Grand River, and the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin. She considers herself part of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms generation, and has participated in Liberal Party policy conferences on many issues including the advancement of same-sex marriage rights and the national manufacturing strategy.

    Bardish graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science. In 2012, The Waterloo Region Record recognized Bardish as one of “40 under 40” who would lead Waterloo Region into the future.

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    Hon. Stéphane Dion

    Minister of Foreign Affairs

    Hon.  Stéphane Dion

    Hon. Stéphane Dion

    Minister of Foreign Affairs

    Saint-Laurent

    On December 2, 2006, at one of the most exciting Liberal leadership conventions in party history, Stéphane Dion was elected as the 11th leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

    First elected in a 1996 by-election, Mr. Dion was re-elected in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008 in the riding of Saint-Laurent – Cartierville.

    In July 2004, under former Prime Minister Paul Martin, Mr. Dion was appointed Environment Minister. As Minister, Mr. Dion won international agreement to extend the Kyoto protocol beyond 2012 at the follow-up to the Kyoto Conference on Climate Change in Montreal in December 2005.

    Mr. Dion was appointed Intergovernmental Affairs Minister in January 1996 under former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, where he worked to improve our federation. He developed the federal government’s case against unilateral secession, which would have jeopardized the rights of Quebecers and all Canadians, obtained a favourable opinion from the Supreme Court of Canada, and turned the court’s opinion into law through the Clarity Act, passed in 2000.

    Mr. Dion graduated from Université Laval with a B.A. in 1977 and an M.A. in 1979, both in political science. In 1986 he received his doctorate in sociology from the Institut d’études politiques in Paris.

    Before entering politics, Mr. Dion taught public administration and political science at the Université de Montréal from 1984 to 1996. He lectured at the Université de Moncton in 1984, was a visiting professor at the Brookings Institution in Washington, at the Laboratoire d’économie politique in Paris and at the Canadian Centre for Management Development in Ottawa.

    Mr. Dion is married to Janine Krieber, and has one daughter, Jeanne.

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    Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos

    Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

    Hon.  Jean-Yves Duclos

    Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos

    Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

    Québec

    Jean-Yves Duclos is Director of the Department of Economics and a tenured professor at the Université Laval. As a well-published author, conference speaker, and renowned economics expert, he is often asked to comment on current events in Quebec and Canada.

    In addition to his professorial duties, Jean-Yves is Chairholder of the Industrial Alliance Research Chair on the Economics of Demographic Change, Vice-President of the Canadian Economics Association, and a member of the Institut sur le vieillissement et la participation sociale des aînés. He is also Vice-President and Fellow of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en analyse des organisations, Senior Fellow of the Fondation pour les études et les recherches sur le développement international and Fellow-in-Residence at the C.D. Howe Institute. Lastly, Jean-Yves is co-founder of the Poverty and Economic Policy Research Network (Partnership for Economic Policy, PEP).

    Jean-Yves earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics (First-Class Honours) from the University of Alberta, and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His has been rewarded for relentless hard work with prestigious grants, the Société canadienne de science économique’s Marcel Dagenais Award, and the Harry Johnson Award for best paper published in the Canadian Journal of Economics. In 2014 Jean-Yves was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the highest accolade bestowed on Canadian researchers.

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    Hon. Kirsty Duncan

    Minister of Science

    Hon.  Kirsty Duncan

    Hon. Kirsty Duncan

    Minister of Science

    Etobicoke North

    Ms. Duncan was an Associate Professor of Health Studies at the University of Toronto and the former Research Director for the AIC Institute of Corporate Citizenship at the Rotman School of Management, a renowned international speaker, she has lectured for such organizations as the National Geographic, the Japanese Government, and the Young Presidents Organization.

    She currently sits on the Advisory Board for Pandemic Flu for the Conference Board of Canada, and the University of Toronto, and is also helping organizations prepare throughout Canada and the United States. She sits on the Boards of the Indigenous Cooperative on the Environment, the Scottish Studies Foundation, the St. Andrew’s Society of Toronto, and the Toronto Foundation for School Success. She co-chaired the 2006 Fraser Mustard Awards Gala in support of student nutrition and in October, 2007, she chaired “Feeding Toronto’s Hungry Students Week.”

    Ms. Duncan is passionate about helping build resilient communities and taking action on climate change, our most pressing environmental issue. She helps provide food, shelter and education to Toronto’s youth, and served on the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

    Ms. Duncan holds a doctorate in geography from the University of Edinburgh.

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    Hon. Judy Foote

    Minister of Public Services and Procurement

    Hon.  Judy Foote

    Hon. Judy Foote

    Minister of Public Services and Procurement

    Bonavista-Burin-Trinity

    For the past 18 years, Ms. Foote has been dedicated to community service, working in several volunteer capacities with a variety of organizations, including the St. John’s Association for the Mentally Delayed and the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador. In addition to this volunteer work, Ms. Foote served in several capacities for 15 years with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).

    Ms. Foote was elected as the Member of the House Assembly for the District of Grand Bank in 1996 and was re-elected in 2003. Premier Brian Tobin invited her to join his Cabinet as Minister of Development and Rural Renewal on March 14, 1996. Ms. Foote subsequently held the positions of Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology, Minister of Education, and Minister of Industry, Trade and Rural Development.

    Prior to her involvement in politics, Ms. Foote worked in television journalism with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s public affairs program “Here & Now.” She has also been the Director of University Relations with Memorial University of Newfoundland and has worked in the Premier’s Office as the Director of Public Relations, a position she held for seven years.

    Ms. Foote holds a bachelor of arts and a Bachelor of Education from Memorial University. In 1977, she moved to Sarnia, Ontario to attend Lambton College, graduating with an Honours Diploma in Radio and Television Broadcast Arts.

    Ms. Foote and her husband, Howard, have three children: Carla, Jason and Heidi.

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    Hon. Chrystia Freeland

    Minister of International Trade

    Hon.  Chrystia Freeland

    Hon. Chrystia Freeland

    Minister of International Trade

    University-Rosedale

    Chrystia Freeland is the Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre, after her by-election victory in November 2013.

    She was born in Peace River, Alberta and studied at Harvard where she received her undergraduate degree, and continued her studies on a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University.

    After cutting her journalistic teeth as a Ukraine-based stringer for the Financial Times, Washington Post, and The Economist, Chrystia went on to wear many hats at the Financial Times, including deputy editor, UK news editor, Moscow bureau chief, Eastern Europe correspondent, editor of its weekend edition, and editor of FT.com.

    Between 1999 and 2001, she served as deputy editor of The Globe and Mail, before becoming a managing editor at the Financial Times.

    In 2010, Chrystia joined Canadian-owned Thomson Reuters as editor-at-large. She most recently worked as Managing Director and Editor of Consumer News.

    Chrystia was a weekly columnist for the Globe and Mail, writing extensively about the challenges facing the middle class.

    Her books include Sale of a Century: The Inside Story of the Second Russian Revolution (2000) and Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else (2012).
    Chrystia is married and a proud mother of three children, raising them in Toronto Centre.

    She is a Co-Chair of the Liberal Party’s Economic Advisory Council and was appointed the Party’s critic for International Trade in January 2014.

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    Hon. Marc Garneau

    Minister of Transport

    Hon.  Marc Garneau

    Hon. Marc Garneau

    Minister of Transport

    Notre-Dame-de-Grâce-Westmount

    Marc Garneau has served his country his entire professional career, beginning with the Canadian Navy and then as an astronaut and President of the Canadian Space Agency, and now in political life.

    Marc Garneau began his service to Canada as a Navy combat systems engineer on HMCS Algonquin from1974 to 1976. He was promoted to Commander in 1982 while at Staff College and was transferred to Ottawa in 1983. In January 1986, he was promoted to Naval Captain and retired from the Navy in 1989.

    Marc was one of six Canadian astronauts selected out of over four thousand candidates in December 1983. He was seconded to the Canadian Astronaut Program from the Department of National Defence in February 1984 to begin astronaut training. Marc made history by becoming the first Canadian Astronaut to fly in space as a payload specialist on Shuttle Mission 41-G, October 5-13, 1984. In 1989 Marc was named Deputy Director of the Canadian Astronaut Program, providing technical and program support in the preparation of experiments to fly during future Canadian missions. In February 2001, Marc Garneau was appointed Executive Vice President of the Canadian Space Agency. He was subsequently appointed President of the same Agency on November 22, 2001 before leaving in 2005 to pursue a career in politics.

    In October 2008 Marc Garneau was elected as the Member of Parliament for Westmount—Ville-Marie and, in his first mandate, served as the Liberal critic for Industry, Science and Technology as well as the Leader’s representative for Québec. He was re-elected in Westmount—Ville-Marie in May 2011 and served as House Leader for the Liberal Party in the House of Commons. He is currently the Liberal Critic for Foreign Affairs and the Francophonie.

    In August 2003, Marc was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour. He is also honoured with two high schools named after him, Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute in Toronto and École Secondaire Marc Garneau in Trenton, Ontario.

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    Hon. Ralph Goodale

    Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

    Hon.  Ralph Goodale

    Hon. Ralph Goodale

    Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

    Regina-Wascana

    Canada’s former Finance Minister, Ralph Goodale, is the Member of Parliament for the Regina-area constituency of Wascana and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. He began this latter role in September of 2010, following more than four years as Liberal Opposition House Leader in the turbulence of a minority Parliament.

    Mr. Goodale holds the distinction of being selected by his peers as Canada’s first-ever “Parliamentarian of the Year” in 2006.

    Raised on a family farm near Wilcox, Saskatchewan, and educated at both the University of Regina (BA-71) and the University of Saskatchewan (LLB-72), Ralph Goodale has practical experience in business, agriculture, law and broadcasting, as well as federal and provincial politics.

    He was first elected to the Parliament of Canada in 1974 at the age of 24, representing the sprawling rural constituency of Assiniboia. In the 1980’s, he served as Leader of the provincial Liberal Party, and was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly in 1986.

    Mr. Goodale returned to the House of Commons in 1993 as the M.P. for Wascana, and was subsequently re-elected in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011. In government for more than 12 years, he served in the federal Cabinet as Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Natural Resources, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Minister of Public Works and finally Minister of Finance. During his tenure, Canada recorded strong economic growth, balanced budgets, declining debt, lower taxes, and the best fiscal performance in the western world.

    Ralph Goodale and his spouse, Pamela, make their home in Regina.

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    Hon. Patty Hajdu

    Minister of Status of Women

    Hon.  Patty Hajdu

    Hon. Patty Hajdu

    Minister of Status of Women

    Thunder Bay-Superior North

    Patty Hajdu is well known and well respected within her community for her work in substance use issues, harm reduction, housing, and public health. Patty is the Executive Director at Shelter House, and holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Victoria. She’s also the author and a key member of the Implementation Panel for the Thunder Bay Drug Strategy. In addition, she’s on the Community Advisory Board for the Homelessness Partnership Strategy.

    Previously, Patty served as Chairperson for the Drug Awareness Committee of Thunder Bay. She was formerly on the Board of Directors for Alphacourt Mental Health Services and the Ontario Literacy Coalition. Patty has had a variety of her written work published, including several Chronicle Journal op-eds on the issue of homelessness.

    Patty has lived in the riding almost exclusively since 1980. She currently calls Thunder Bay home alongside her two sons. In addition to her work in mental health and addictions, Patty is also a talented graphic designer, and she formerly served as Creative Director for a marketing firm. Patty holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Lakehead University.

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    Hon. Kent Hehr

    Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

    Hon.  Kent Hehr

    Hon. Kent Hehr

    Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

    Calgary Centre

    After representing the residents of downtown Calgary in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for more than seven years, Kent Hehr knows it’s time for his voice to be heard in Ottawa.

    Born and raised in Calgary, Kent’s life drastically changed when, just shy of his twenty-second birthday, while riding in a friend’s car, Kent was hit by a drive-by shooter leaving him paralyzed. The life-altering injury did not quash his ambitions – while still re-learning to use his fingers, Kent studied at the University of Calgary, earning his Bachelor of Canadian Studies followed by his Bachelor of Law in 2001.

    Kent has since practiced law at the prestigious national firm, Fraser Milner Casgrain, and became an active community leader, working with the United Way and heading the Alberta branch of the Canadian Paraplegic Association. In 2008 Kent was named one of the Calgary Herald’s 20 Most Compelling Calgarians to Watch. Later that year he won the race to represent Calgary-Buffalo in the Alberta Legislature, a seat he successfully defended in 2012. As shadow minister of justice, finance, education and other portfolios, Kent has held the government to account while taking an active role in creating legislation for Calgary and Alberta’s future.

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    Hon. Mélanie Joly

    Minister of Canadian Heritage

    Hon.  Mélanie Joly

    Hon. Mélanie Joly

    Minister of Canadian Heritage

    Ahuntsic-Cartierville

    Passionate about her city of Montréal and the power of positive politics, Mélanie Joly is ready to represent the interests of all residents of Ahuntsic–Cartierville in Ottawa.

    A lawyer by training, Mélanie worked at two major law firms in Montréal before making the leap into communications, as a managing partner of the Montréal office of the international communications firm Cohn & Wolfe. The founder of the party Le Vrai Changement pour Montréal, Mélanie ran for mayor of Montréal in 2013. Largely unknown by the public, she successfully led an innovative campaign that elected eight councillors and garnered 26.5% of the votes.

    A firm believer in the importance of community involvement, Mélanie has served on numerous boards of directors, including those of Régie des rentes du Québec, Fondation du CHUM, and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. She is currently a spokesperson for Logis Rose-Virginie and an ambassador for Herstreet.

    Mélanie’s hard work has been recognized on many occasions. She was selected by Elle Québec as the 2008 Woman of the Year in the “up and coming” category, later honoured as the first Quebecer to receive the Arnold Edinborough Award for her involvement in the cultural community.

    Mélanie holds an Honours LLB from Université de Montréal and a Magister Juris in European and comparative law from the University of Oxford.

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    Hon. Dominic LeBlanc

    Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

    Hon.  Dominic LeBlanc

    Hon. Dominic LeBlanc

    Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

    Beauséjour

    The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc was elected to the House of Commons in November 2000 and re-elected in June 2004, in January 2006 and October 2008 and in May 2011. Since then, he has served on the Special Committee on Non-Medical Use of Drugs, The Standing Committees on Fisheries and Oceans, Transport and Government Operations, National Defence and Veterans Affairs, and Public Accounts, Procedures and House Affairs, International Trade, Justice and Human Rights and Foreign Affairs. He has also served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence and was Chair of the Atlantic Caucus.

    On July 10, 2004, he was sworn-in as a Member of the Privy Council for Canada and appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Deputy Chief Government Whip. In January 2006, he was named Official Opposition Critic for International Trade and in January 2007, he was named Vice Chair – Liberal Party of Canada Policy and Platform Committee. In October 2007, he was named Official Opposition Critic for Intergovernmental Affairs and in January 2008, he was named Official Opposition Critic for Justice and Attorney General. He became Liberal Defence Critic in August 2010 and was appointed Critic for Foreign Affairs in May 2011.

    Mr. LeBlanc received a B.A. in political science from the University of Toronto (Trinity College), his Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick, and then attended Harvard Law School, where he obtained his Masters of Law. Academic successes include the Dean’s List at the University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Law, a scholarship from the New Brunswick Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, and the Graduating Average Prize from Trinity College at the University of Toronto.

    Prior to his election to the House of Commons, Mr. LeBlanc was a Barrister and Solicitor with Clark Drummie in Shediac and Moncton, N.B. From 1993-1996, Mr. LeBlanc was a Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien.

    Mr. LeBlanc is married to Jolène Richard, a Judge of the Provincial Court of New Brunswick.

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    Hon. Diane Lebouthillier

    Minister of National Revenue

    Hon.  Diane Lebouthillier

    Hon. Diane Lebouthillier

    Minister of National Revenue

    Gaspésie-Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine

    As the elected warden for the Regional County Municipality (RCM) of Rocher Percé since 2010 and owner of La Ferme du Petit Moulin, an outfitting operation, Diane Lebouthillier is very familiar with the reality, strengths, and issues of the Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine riding. She would now like to staunchly defend the interests of all residents as Member of Parliament.

    Before entering politics, Diane spent more than 23 years working with the clients of the Rocher Percé Health and Social Services Centre, where her professionalism, versatility, excellent judgement, and respect for others were sought out and recognized time and time again. As part of the team working for the Gaspé MNA, the late Georges Mamelonet, she was responsible for any social issue casefiles.
    Always focused on her community, Diane has not hesitated to give her time to a variety of organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Governors of Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles, a general and vocational college, and chairs the boards of directors of Réseau collectif Gaspésie Les Îles and Transport adapté et collectif des Anses. Diane is also the Vice chairperson of the Board of Directors of Les Ateliers Actibec 2000 inc.

    Diane is the proud mother and grandmother of three adult sons and one grandson. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the Université de Moncton, and in 2013, she was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Royal Canadian Legion for services rendered.

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    Hon. Lawrence MacAulay

    Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

    Hon.  Lawrence MacAulay

    Hon. Lawrence MacAulay

    Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

    Cardigan

    The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay is the Liberal Member of Parliament for Cardigan.

    He was first elected to the House of Commons on November 21, 1988, to represent the constituency of Cardigan in eastern Prince Edward Island.

    Mr. MacAulay’s cabinet appointments have included Solicitor General of Canada, Minister of Labour, Secretary of State (Veterans), and Secretary of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency).

    He has also served as Associate Critic for Fisheries and Oceans, and was Official Opposition Critic for Seniors. In addition, he chaired the Atlantic Caucus. Mr. MacAulay was previously a farmer and businessman.

    Mr. MacAulay won his eighth consecutive election in 2011 and currently serves as Liberal Party Critic for Fisheries and Oceans and Vice Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.

    Mr. MacAulay was born on September 9, 1946, in St. Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. He and Frances Elaine O'Connell were married in 1972 and they have three daughters: Carolyn, Rita and Lynn.

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    Hon. John McCallum

    Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

    Hon.  John McCallum

    Hon. John McCallum

    Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

    Markham-Thornhill

    John McCallum was first elected to the House of Commons in November 2000. He was re-elected in 2004, 2006 and 2008. Mr. McCallum currently serves as the Critic for Citizenship and Immigration, Multiculturalism, Seniors.

    Mr. McCallum has previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, and as a member of the Standing Committee on Finance. He then served as Secretary of State (International Financial Institutions) from January to May 2002. From May 2002 to December 2003, he served as Minister of National Defence, and in 2003, as Minister of Veterans Affairs. In July 2004, he was appointed Minister of National Revenue and Chair of the Expenditure Review Committee by Prime Minister Paul Martin.

    Before entering politics, Mr. McCallum was senior vice-president and chief economist of the Royal Bank of Canada.

    Mr. McCallum worked as a professor of economics at McGill University (1987-94), at the Université du Québec à Montréal (1982-87), at Simon Fraser University (1978-82), and at the University of Manitoba (1976-78).

    He is the author or co-author of eight books or monographs and has written on fiscal and monetary issues, comparative macroeconomic performance of OECD countries, Canada-U.S. economic integration, and other economic issues.

    A native of Montreal, Mr. McCallum obtained a bachelor of arts from Cambridge University, a Diplôme d'études supérieures from the Université de Paris and a doctorate in economics from McGill University.

    Mr. McCallum and his wife, Nancy Lim, have three children.

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    Hon. Catherine McKenna

    Minister of Environment and Climate Change

    Hon.  Catherine McKenna

    Hon. Catherine McKenna

    Minister of Environment and Climate Change

    Ottawa Centre

    Catherine McKenna is the former Executive Director of a non-profit organization that engages emerging Canadian leaders in public policy discussions. Prior to that, Catherine co-founded and was executive director of the Canadian Lawyers Abroad charitable organization. Catherine has practiced law at leading firms in both Canada and Indonesia, focusing on international trade, competition, investment and constitutional issues. She was senior counsel on the Rt. Hon. Antonio Lamer’s review of Canada’s military justice system. She was also a legal advisor with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in East Timor on treaty negotiations. She teaches at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and is a board member at the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.

    While active internationally, Catherine remains a particularly active member of her local community. She is the past Vice President of the Glebe Community Association and has served as a board member of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa and the Good Morning Creative Arts and Preschool.

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    Hon. MaryAnn Mihychuk

    Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

    Hon.  MaryAnn Mihychuk

    Hon. MaryAnn Mihychuk

    Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

    Kildonan-St. Paul

    As a geoscientist and former member of the Manitoba Legislature, MaryAnn Mihychuk brings a significant amount of both legislative and industry-related experience to the riding of Kildonan—St.Paul. Elected as a member of Manitoba’s NDP government in 1995, MaryAnn served as Minister of Industry, Trade, and Mines and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs during her nine years as an MLA.

    MaryAnn has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Winnipeg and a Master’s in Geology from Brock University, and has worked in several capacities within Canada’s mineral industry. She was the founder of both Women in Mining Canada and Women in Mining Manitoba, an organization of which she is currently President. Recognized for her vision and leadership by the Manitoba Association of Engineers and Geoscientists, MaryAnn led the renewal of The Mines Act, which the industry rated as the best policy framework in the world.

    In 2010, MaryAnn was one of two Jack Gallagher Visiting Geoscientists at the University of Manitoba, and she is the first ever recipient of the 2012 Women in Mining International Trailblazer Award. Ever-active in her community, MaryAnn is a former trustee of the Winnipeg School Division, secretary of the Snow Lake Chamber of Commerce, and both a founder and member of West End Citizens on Patrol and the Orioles Literacy Program.

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    Hon. Maryam Monsef

    Minister of Democratic Institutions

    Hon.  Maryam Monsef

    Hon. Maryam Monsef

    Minister of Democratic Institutions

    Peterborough-Kawartha

    A dedicated community organizer and former Peterborough mayoral candidate, Maryam Monsef is asking her community to stand with her again as she works to be their voice in Ottawa.

    Co-recipient of the YMCA’s Peace Medallion, Maryam is widely recognized as one of Peterborough’s most influential people and represented her city in 2013 at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. A passionate volunteer, Maryam has sat on the boards and committees of several high-profile organizations. She is the Vice-President of the YWCA of Peterborough and Haliburton Board of Directors, and the former director of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group, and the New Canadians Centre – a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting immigrants, refugees, and other newcomers in the Peterborough and Northumberland regions. Maryam is the co-founder of the Red Pashmina Campaign, a grassroots initiative she started while at Trent University, that to date has successfully raised over $150,000 funds to help support women in Afghanistan.

    Maryam has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Trent University, and speaks English, Farsi, and Dari.

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    Hon. Bill Morneau

    Minister of Finance

    Hon.  Bill Morneau

    Hon. Bill Morneau

    Minister of Finance

    Toronto Centre

    Bill Morneau is an accomplished business leader who has been an active volunteer in Toronto Centre for more than 20 years.

    When Morneau Shepell was founded, it employed 200 people. Under Bill’s leadership, it now provides meaningful, stable work for over 3300 families across Canada.Bill’s community service runs deep in Toronto Centre, where he works to support the arts, help street kids, and improve access to health care and education. He was Chair of the Board of St. Michael’s Hospital, Covenant House, and the C.D. Howe Institute.

    Internationally, Bill founded a special school for Somali and Sudanese youth in an African refugee camp. Bill currently sits on the boards of St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation, The Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, and The Learning Partnership. In 2002, Bill was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. Bill studies retirement issues as a member of the Ontario government’s Pension Advisory Council and in 2012, he was appointed as Pension Investment Advisor to Ontario’s Minister of Finance. He has co-authored a book, The Real Retirement, and has authored numerous articles on public policy issues. Bill holds a BA from Western University, an MSc from the London School of Economics and an MBA from INSEAD.

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    Hon. Jane Philpott

    Minister of Health

    Hon.  Jane Philpott

    Hon. Jane Philpott

    Minister of Health

    Markham-Stouffville

    Dr. Jane Philpott is a family physician and served as the Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital and as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine.

    Between 1989 and 1998, Jane worked in the West African country of Niger, where she practiced general medicine and helped to develop a training program for village health workers. In 2004, she founded Give a Day to World AIDS, which has raised over $4 million to help those affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. Jane also serves as co-curator of TEDxStouffville and as Family Medicine lead at the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration, where she was instrumental in helping Addis Ababa University develop Ethiopia’s first training program for Family Medicine.

    Jane has raised four children alongside her husband, CBC Radio journalist Pep Philpott. She is particularly active in her Community Mennonite Church, where she is a song leader for the congregation.

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    Hon. Carla Qualtrough

    Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

    Hon.  Carla Qualtrough

    Hon. Carla Qualtrough

    Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

    Delta

    A successful lawyer, dedicated volunteer, and Paralympian, Carla Qualtrough’s commitment to addressing inequality and championing diversity makes her a strong advocate for Delta.
    Committed to equity and inclusion, Carla has practiced human rights law at the federal and provincial levels. She chairs the BC Minister’s Council on Employment and Accessibility, and is an adjudicator with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal. Carla herself has been visually impaired since birth.

    Passionate about the power of sport and physical activity to change lives, Carla volunteers locally, nationally, and internationally, including with the International Paralympic Committee and the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games. She has been President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Chair of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. Carla is on the Board of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, and Vice-Chair of the Delta Gymnastics Society. As an athlete, Carla won three Paralympic and four World Championship medals.

    Carla has degrees in Political Science from the University of Ottawa and Law from the University of Victoria. Among many awards for her work, she has been named one of Canada’s Most Influential Women in Sport six times, and received a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

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    Hon. Harjit Sajjan

    Minister of National Defence

    Hon.  Harjit Sajjan

    Hon. Harjit Sajjan

    Minister of National Defence

    Vancouver South

    Harjit Sajjan has served Canada and his community as both a soldier and a police officer. He will continue his service as the Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of Vancouver South.

    Harjit is a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces and a combat veteran. He has deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina and served three separate deployments to Kandahar, Afghanistan. Harjit has received numerous recognitions for his service, including the Meritorious Service Medal for reducing the Taliban’s influence in Kandahar Province, and the Order of Military Merit – one of the military’s highest recognitions. Harjit also served as an Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

    Harjit was a police officer with the Vancouver Police Department for 11 years. He completed his last assignment as a Detective-Constable with the Gang Crime Unit specializing in organized crime. He proudly tackled gang violence and drug crimes in Vancouver. Harjit is also a Human Security specialist, lecturing to a wide audience in both Canada and the US.

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    Hon. Amarjeet Sohi

    Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

    Hon.  Amarjeet Sohi

    Hon. Amarjeet Sohi

    Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

    Edmonton Mill Woods

    The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi is the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods and the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

    Prior to being elected Member of Parliament Amarjeet Sohi was a three-term Edmonton City Councillor. He was first elected in 2007 and then re-elected in 2010 and 2013.

    Dedicated to improving Edmonton’s infrastructure and livability, Amarjeet represented the city on the Canadian Urban Transit Association, and is a strong advocate for Light Rail Transit. Amarjeet also advocated municipal interests to other orders of government through his delegation to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. He therefore understands the importance of building strong relationships between governments in order to build strong, vibrant and resilient communities. He has been a prominent leader on city and provincial issues, volunteering with Public Interest Alberta, the Centre for International Alternatives, and the Canadian Labour Congress.

    Amarjeet works tirelessly to promote learning and cooperation among cultural communities. While on council he led City Council’s Immigration, Multiculturalism and Racism Free Edmonton initiatives. Amarjeet has received the Edmonton Interfaith Advocate award and John Humphrey Centre’s Human Rights Advocate award for promoting welcoming and socially inclusive communities, the Man of Honour Leadership Award from the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation and the Recognizing Immigrant Success in Edmonton Life Time Achievement Award.

    As a former member of the Edmonton Police Commission, Amarjeet believes in building safe and strong communities. Amarjeet also took a leadership role to create the Police Chief’s Indo-Canadian Liaison Committee, the Punjabi Cultural Association, and the Punjabi Arts Association.

    Minister Sohi grew up in the Indian state of Punjab and immigrated to Edmonton in 1981.

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    Hon. Hunter Tootoo

    Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

    Hon.  Hunter Tootoo

    Hon. Hunter Tootoo

    Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

    Nunavut

    Hunter Tootoo was born in Rankin Inlet and has spent his career serving the community he loves.

    First elected as the MLA for Iqaluit Centre in 1999, Hunter served its residents for fourteen years and was the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly until 2013. Hunter has a deep understanding of the challenges facing Nunavut, having held numerous cabinet positions, including Minister Responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corporation, Homelessness, the Qulliq Energy Corporation, and Minister of Education.

    Hunter has extensive experience in government administration, having held such roles as Recreation Coordinator for the Hamlet of Arviat, the Administration Officer for the Department of Economic Development and Transportation, and the Assistant Director of the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation in Iqaluit. Prior to his work in the public sector, Hunter was a businessman and co-founder of the Iqaluit branch of Arctic Insurance Brokers Ltd.

    Passionate about supporting local business and sport, Hunter previously served on the Northwest Territories Co-op Business Development Board and the Sport North Board of Directors. In his downtime, he enjoys watching hockey, hunting and is an avid competitive curler.

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    Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould

    Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

    Hon.  Jody Wilson-Raybould

    Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould

    Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

    Vancouver Granville

    Jody Wilson-Raybould is a lawyer, advocate, and leader among British Columbia’s First Nations. As Regional Chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations, Jody brings extensive experience in law, public service, and First Nations governance to the Liberal team.

    After being called to the Bar in 2000, Jody began her legal career working as a provincial crown prosecutor in Vancouver. She later served as an advisor at the BC Treaty Commission, a body established to oversee treaty negotiations between First Nations and the Crown. In 2004, Jody was elected as Commissioner by the Chiefs of the First Nations Summit.

    Since being elected Regional Chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations in 2009, Jody has devoted herself to the advancement of First Nations governance, fair access to land and resources, as well as improved education and healthcare services. She was re-elected as Regional Chief in 2012 and holds responsibilities on the Assembly of First Nations executive for Governance and Nation building. She has previously been involved with the Chiefs Committee on Claims and chaired the Comprehensive Claims joint working group.

    An active volunteer in her community, Jody has served as a Director for Capilano College, the Minerva Foundation for BC Women, the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre, and the National Centre for First Nations Governance. She is also a director on the First Nations Lands Advisory Board and Chair of the First Nations Finance Authority. She is the recipient of the alumni award from the Minerva Foundation and the University of Victoria.

    Jody is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, which are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw and also known as the Kwak’wala speaking peoples. She is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation and is married to Dr. Tim Raybould.

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