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John Aldag is the Member of Parliament for Cloverdale–Langley City. He sits on the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying and the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable development.
Born in rural Saskatchewan, John Aldag has lived in six provinces and two territories thanks to his 31-year career with Parks Canada. He has thoroughly enjoyed working to ensure the integrity of natural and cultural resources across Canada’s national parks, national historic sites, and marine conservation areas. An avid outdoorsman, John has called the Fraser Valley home for the past nine years.
John completed numerous post-secondary qualifications as an adult, including an MBA from Royal Roads University, a Bachelor of Business Administration from BC’s Open University, and a Diploma in Public Sector Management from the University of Victoria. Married with three children, John continues to find time to serve his community. He is the current President of Flip City Gymnastics, a former Chair of both the Fort Langley Business Improvement Association and Tourism Langley, a former board member of the Vancouver Coast & Mountains Regional Destination Marketing Organization, and a former Treasurer of the Fort Langley Childcare Society.
John is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, which honours significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. His work with Tourism Langley was recognized by the 2011 Tourism Langley Lifetime Achievement Award, and he is also a three-time recipient of Parks Canada’s Chief Executive Officer’s Award of Excellence.
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Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs). Omar is a mechanical engineer by trade and an MBA graduate. He has served in a variety of positions with General Electric Canada, Enbala Power, and the Ontario Energy Board. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow within the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science at Ryerson University.
A longtime community activist, Omar is passionate about his involvement with local organizations like the Mississauga Summit and Youth Troopers for Global Awareness (YTGA). He was also a member of the community editorial board of the Toronto Star where he has authored columns on a wide range of provincial and federal issues. His work was also published in the Huffington Post. Among many of his activities, Omar has worked tirelessly to support initiatives that empower new Canadians through social and economic integration.
Having served as the Member of Parliament for Mississauga—Erindale from 2006 to 2008, Omar offered his constituents a strong voice on both local and national issues as the Liberal Critic for Natural Resources, as well as Citizenship and Immigration.
Leona Alleslev is the Member of Parliament for Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill.
Leona – a former Air Force Officer and entrepreneur – is proud to serve the people of Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill and her country once again. She previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement.
With her deep-rooted sense of civic duty, Leona earned a B.A. (Honours) in History & Politics, from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston – after which she received her Queen's Commission and served as a Logistics Officer in the Air Force.
In 1996, driven by their entrepreneurial spirit, Leona and her husband Ted – a Canadian Armed Forces Pilot – started an eco-tourism business in Temagami, Ontario. During this, Leona continued to work as a civilian for the Department of Defence – working to change the way multi-million dollar Air Force maintenance contracts were structured, evaluated and awarded. Most recently, as Operations Manager for Bombardier Aerospace, Leona was responsible for defining and implementing the final assembly line infrastructure for the Bombardier Global Express business aircraft programs.
Leona has always made a consistent commitment to her communities, volunteering her time with the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Ontario Aerospace Council, and Women in Aerospace – an organization dedicated to increasing women’s visibility in the aerospace community.Leona currently lives in Oak Ridges with her husband Ted and their two children.
William Amos was elected the Member of Parliament for the riding of Pontiac in October 2015. William is a member of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development and its Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure. He is also Vice-Chair of the Liberal Rural Caucus.
William is a recognized expert in environmental law and natural resources. For years, he has fought to protect the environment and promote sustainable resource development while working to ensure companies and governments are accountable to the public. William is also the author of numerous publications on a variety of environmental law issues and has appeared before a number of parliamentary committees.
During his career, William worked in various legal areas in the private, public and non-profit sectors. He was the regional director of a national environmental organization that provides free legal advice on environmental matters to community groups and citizens. William also taught at the University of Ottawa and was regularly invited to comment on a range of issues in major national media outlets. In the community, William was a long-time board member of the Chelsea Foundation and the Sierra Club Canada Foundation. He was also a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Santropol Roulant.
William holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science from McMaster University, a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and a combined Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Laws degree from McGill University.
Gary Anandasangaree is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Scarborough-Rouge Park, Vice-Chair of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations and a Member of numerous other committees.
Gary is an internationally recognized human rights lawyer and community activist who has advocated tirelessly for education and justice.
Gary attended Osgoode Hall Law School, was called to the bar in 2006, and now manages his own firm in Scarborough. Gary has been a passionate advocate for human rights issues, regularly representing Lawyer’s Rights Watch Canada at the United Nations. He has also served as a strong advocate for local youth, intervening in cases of wrongful student expulsion and suspension.
Gary has demonstrated leadership at a number of organizations aimed at supporting his local community and communities nationwide. He has served as Chair of the Canadian Tamil Youth Development Centre, President of the Canadian Tamils’ Chamber of Commerce, counsel to the Canadian Tamil Congress, legal counsel to the Independent Mortgage Brokers and Agents, board member of the Youth Challenge Fund, member of the Toronto Police Chief’s Advisory Board, and member of the United Way Newcomers Grant Program.
In honour of his devotion to community service and local advocacy, Gary has received both the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals. Gary received the Osgoode Hall Law School “One to Watch” Gold Key Award and the South Asian Bar Association’s Young Practitioner Award.
René Arseneault is the Member of Parliament for Madawaska—Restigouche (New Brunswick). He is a member of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, and also sat on the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying.
A lifelong resident of the riding of Madawaska—Restigouche, René has a deep-understanding of local issues and the interests of his fellow residents. Fully bilingual, he now wants to be the voice that defends his community in the House of Commons.
A lawyer specializing in corporate law and civil litigation for more than 20 years, René established his own practice in 1996 with his spouse, Michèle Pelletier. He is also a singer-songwriter who in 1989 won the Prix du public [people’s choice award] at the Gala de la chanson de Caraquet.
René has been involved in his community for over 25 years. In addition to providing pro bono legal services, René sat on the board of directors for numerous non-profit organizations, and is quick to share his artistic talents at fundraisers for community organizations. He co-founded the Balmoral Economic Development Association, Fondation École Régionale BDES inc. and Coopérative Radio Restigouche ltée – which he currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors. René has also been involved in youth sports development, specifically as a soccer and volleyball coach and assistant coach, and as a volunteer at the Jeux de l’Acadie.
René holds a BSocSc – with a major in Economics and a minor in Political Science – and an LLB from Université de Moncton.
Chandra Arya is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Nepean and a Member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.
Business executive, community activist, and father, Chandra is relentless in his efforts to improve the lives of those around him. It is this drive to make significant, long-lasting, and positive change that makes him a strong representative for the riding of Nepean.
Chandra has worked as an engineer, industrial banker, entrepreneur, investment advisor, and technology company executive. During the last three years he served on the board of Invest Ottawa – an economic development agency established with the mandate of making Ottawa the best place in Canada to start and grow a business. During this time, Chandra collaborated with its Co-Chair Mayor Jim Watson, among other business and institutional leaders.
Chandra has served on the boards of OCISO Not for Profit Housing Corporation and Ottawa Community Immigrants Services Organization. He previously served as the Chair of the Indo-Canada Ottawa Business Chamber and President of the Indo-Canadian Community Centre Inc.
Chandra has earned a Bachelor of Engineering and Masters of Business Administration, and was professionally certified by the Canadian Securities Institute as a Canadian Investment Manager. Chandra currently lives in Nepean, with his wife Sangeetha, who works with the Ottawa Catholic School Board.
Ramez Ayoub is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Thérèse-De Blainville since October 2015. In light of his political experience, he was appointed by Parliament to the Standing Committee on Health, which studies issues relating to Health Canada, and to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates.
Ramez Ayoub has dual Canadian–French citizenship, as he was born in Syria to a French mother and a Syrian father before immigrating with his family to Quebec in 1969. Fully integrated into Quebec culture and values as a young child, Mr. Ayoub’s family settled in Quebec City when he was 3 years old. He lived there until he attended the University of Montreal, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Mr. Ayoub began a career in telecommunications and moved to Lorraine following his marriage to Julie, with whom he has three children: Charles-Antoine, Anne-Sophie and Sandrine. Ramez is involved with family and community life, playing and then coaching baseball, hockey and soccer in Lorraine, and participating in politics, becoming a Lorraine municipal councillor in November 1999.
Through his experience in the business community, he served as President of the Bois-des- Filion/Lorraine Chamber of Commerce from 1997 to 1998.
After serving 10 years as a municipal councillor, Ramez Ayoub was elected Mayor of Lorraine, serving from 2009 to 2015. In 2013, he was elected Chair of the Laurentides Regional Conference of Elected Officers and in 2015 was elected Chair of the Régie intermunicipale de police Thérèse-De Blainville and appointed to the board of directors of the economic development agency Montréal International.
Ramez and Julie Ayoub have three children: Charles-Antoine, Anne-Sophie et Sandrine.
Vance Badawey is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Niagara Centre and is a Member of numerous committees. Local business owner, community advocate, and former mayor of Port Colborne, Vance has spent his life creating change that is inclusive of all. He is now dedicated to being the local voice that defends the riding of Niagara Centre.
In 1994, Vance began his career in public service as a Port Colborne City Councillor. Soon after, residents elected him Mayor, a role which he later reclaimed in 2006. During this term, Vance served on the Niagara Regional Council and was Chair of the Health Services Task Force and the Economic & Tourism Development Corporation, while Vice Chair of the Niagara Region Police Services Board.
Vance was a founding member of the Wellspring Niagara Cancer Support Centre – an organization dedicated to providing free social, emotional, psychological, informational and spiritual support to individuals living with cancer, their families, and close supporters. Vance is married to Lisa, and they have two teenage daughters, Logan and Jordan. Vance and his extended family have lived and operated their family business in Port Colborne for over 50 years.
The Honourable Larry Bagnell is the Member of Parliament for Yukon and is the chair of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs and a member of the Liaison Committee.
Larry served as Yukon’s representative in Ottawa for over a decade, sitting as a federal Member of Parliament from 2000-2011. During his time as a Liberal MP, Larry was appointed to the Privy Council and served as Parliamentary Secretary to both the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, and the Minister of Natural Resources. Larry also sat on many Parliamentary Committees, developing expertise in the areas of Transport, Defence, Industry, Veterans Affairs, Justice & Human Rights, and Aboriginal Affairs.
During his time in Ottawa, Larry was widely-regarded as a dedicated, respectful, and hard-working Member of Parliament. In fact, his peers selected him, multiple times, as the hardest working MP in Canada in an annual survey of Parliamentarians. In that same survey, he’s also been recognized as the best constituency MP in Canada.
Larry’s dedication to Yukon has roots that can be traced back to long before his time as a Member of Parliament. In 1999, he was recognized with the City of Whitehorse Volunteer of the Year Award. This award recognized his incredible service to the community, including his service as President of the Yukon chapter of the United Way, President of Yukon Learn (Literacy), and President of the Skookum Jim Friendship Center. In addition, Larry has sat on the Boards for the Miles Canyon Historic Railway Society, the Yukon Science Institute, and the Commissioner’s Potlatch.
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, was a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University’s 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 long-time 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 Prime Minister Paul Martin and as the Critic for Public Works and Government Services, the Treasury Board, International Trade, Natural Resources, and Small Business and Tourism.
On October 19 2015, Frank Baylis was elected as the Member of Parliament for Pierrefonds—Dollard. He is a member of the Industry, Science and Technology Committee, as well as a member of the Aerospace Caucus and the Digital Infrastructure Caucus. In addition, he chairs the Canada-United Kingdom Inter-Parliamentary Association.
Prior to the election, he was the President of Baylis Medical, a world leader in the design, manufacturing and sale of high technology products with applications in cardiology, oncology and the vascular system. In 2011, he received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst and Young.
A devotee of movies, he also set up his own production house, Walk of Fame Entertainment. In addition to being its president, he has written several screenplays. He is a former VicePresident of OME Group Consultants.
Within his community, Frank is a coach with the Association de ringuette de BeaconsfieldKirkland and a leader with Scouts Canada. He founded Baylis Medical and oversees its group of volunteers that raise funds to support, among other projects, Breakfast for Learning, an organization that provides breakfast to underprivileged children in Canada. He is also a member of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada Life Sciences Sector Advisory Board and a member of the Board of Directors of the Campus des technologies de la santé.
Frank holds an Honours Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. In 2014, he received the Alumni of the Year Award.
Frank Baylis is a dedicated father to his son and two daughters.
Terry Beech is the Member of Parliament for Burnaby North-Seymour and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. He previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Science.
Terry Beech is an accomplished and experienced entrepreneur, educator, and advocate. Terry entered public service 15 years ago when he was elected as a city councillor. He was named one of Maclean’s top 30 under 30 in 2004, one of Business in Vancouver’s top 40 under 40 in 2013, and was also selected as an Action Canada Fellow.
While serving as a city councillor, Terry began his studies in Public Administration at Capilano University, who named him as one of the school’s “Alumni to Watch.” He is the recipient of a degree with a joint major in Business and Economics from Simon Fraser University, as well as an MBA from the University of Oxford.
An Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser and the University of British Columbia, Terry is the author of “The In-Credibility Factor,” which highlights his desire for Canada to become a global leader in innovation and entrepreneurship. He founded and was both CEO and Chairman of HiretheWorld.com, and is a co-founder of Twinbro, a non-profit organization that has helped over 25,000 students to obtain millions of dollars in scholarships and financial aid. He is a past board member of Lift Philanthropy and currently works with entrepreneurs to launch and grow businesses at Beech Partners.
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, was first elected to the House of Commons in 1997 and was re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015, representing Toronto– St. Paul’s.
Dr. Bennett has previously served as the Critic for Public Health, Seniors, Persons with Disabilities, the Social Economy, and Aboriginal Affairs. In 2003, she was named Minister of State for Public Health.
Prior to her election, Dr. Bennett was a family physician and a founding partner of Bedford Medical Associates in downtown Toronto. She was also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Her fight to save the Women’s College Hospital of Toronto inspired her to enter politics.
Carolyn is an active representative of Toronto–St. Paul’s. She has organized over 75 town halls, quarterly meetings, information sessions on parliamentary affairs, and special activities for her constituents since 2000. She and her office have assisted hundreds of constituents with their immigration, tax, pension or employment insurance concerns.
She speaks passionately about Canada and citizens’ participation in the democratic process. She advocates for health, the environment, women’s involvement in politics and persons with disabilities; She is also known for her strong support of Israel.
In 1986, Dr. Bennett received the Royal Life Saving Society Cross – a Commonwealth award recognizing her more than 20 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. Carolyn was the first recipient of the National Award of Excellence for Outstanding Leadership and Dedication to Injury Prevention and Safety promotion in Canada.
Carolyn is the co-author of Kill or Cure? How Canadians Can Remake Their Health Care System.
She and her husband, Peter O’Brian, a successful Canadian producer, have two sons, Jack and Ben.
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The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, was born, raised and educated in Sherbrooke. She started her career at the Canadian International Development Agency, working in Ottawa-Gatineau and Montréal, as well as in 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. 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 the Executive Director of the Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Science. Active in her community, Marie-Claude was 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 the 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 of Coaticook, and chair of the governing board of École Louis-St-Laurent in Compton. Marie-Claude holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a graduate diploma in Environmental Management from the Université de Sherbrooke.
Chris Bittle is the Member of Partliament for the riding of St. Catherines, and a Member of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. Born and raised in Niagara Falls, he moved to St. Catharines in 2005 and is currently a civil litigator with Lancaster, Brooks and Welch LLP, specializing in commercial disputes, real estate litigation, defamation, and landlord tenant matters. Chris is now bringing his hard work and determination to the national stage, with a goal to combat unemployment and income inequality.
Chris is the Chair of Quest Community Health Centre Board of Directors – a local non-profit organization committed to providing quality primary health care and social services to the residents of the Greater St. Catharines area. His work at Quest has made him a strong advocate for sustainable health care. Chris is regular volunteer with Courts in the Classroom, an initiative developed to educate youth in the community about the justice system.
Chris holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University in Kingston, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor, and is a board member for the Lincoln County Law Association. Chris has a passion for education and was proud to work at Niagara College as an instructor in the Department of Continuing Education and as a seminar leader at Brock University.
Bill Blair is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Scarborough Southwest and is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.
As the son of a police officer, raised in Scarborough, Bill learned at an early age that “serve” comes before “protect” for a reason. And, after serving 39 years with the Toronto Police Force – the last decade as its Chief of Police – Bill is ready to continue protecting Canada’s democracy, if elected as Member of Parliament for Scarborough Southwest.
A born leader, Bill has demonstrated his ability to unite and engage others through his numerous roles in Provincial, National, and International policing forums. He served as President of both the Ontario and Canadian Associations of Chiefs of Police – receiving the distinction of Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces – and was honoured last year by the Canadian Tamil Congress for his leadership and tremendous service to the people of Toronto.
Bill is dedicated to many social causes, having worked with some of Toronto’s most respected and effective organizations such as Covenant House, the United Way, and Children's Aid Society Toronto, and is the proud recipient of the 2011 Beth Shalom Humanitarian Award. Bill currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Scarborough Hospital Foundation, and is Vice-Patron of the Good Neighbours' Club – a day centre for older, homeless and unemployed men.
Randy Boissonnault is the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre and the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 Issues. Randy previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage.
Randy is a successful entrepreneur, community leader, and philanthropist. He has a strong record of leadership in business, in public service, and in the not-for-profit sector.
Randy discovered his passion for leadership and public service at the University of Alberta, where he served as President of the Students’ Union. Since studying at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, Randy has worked as a lecturer at the University of Alberta’s Campus Saint-Jean, and as a journalist and political commentator for CBC Radio-Canada and Les Affaires. Most recently, Randy owned a consulting business that helps small and medium-sized businesses overcome their strategy and management challenges.
A proud Rotarian, Randy has a long history of charitable work, both locally in Edmonton and abroad. He is the founder of Literacy Without Borders, an international NGO devoted to promoting literacy for both children and adults in the developing world and in Canada. He has also served as Vice Chair of TEDx Edmonton and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Francophone Economic Council of Alberta, the Francophone Sport Federation of Alberta, and the Canadian Francophone Games. He is one of the 50 Founders of Startup Edmonton and is a Finisher of the Ironman Canada Triathlon.
Mike Bossio is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Hastings-Lennox and Addington, and a Member of Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development and the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs. He is a local entrepreneur with a passion for environmental justice. Mike has owned Boscan Consultants Inc. since 1989, where he is responsible for the recruitment of sales, marketing, and R & D professionals globally for the telecommunications industry.
Mike is very involved in his community, most notably as the Chair of Concerned Citizens of Tyendinaga and Environs and as an advisor for Citizens Against Melrose Quarry. Mike also served as Councillor for Tyendinaga Township between 1998 and 2000, gaining the respect of his colleagues and constituents through his hard work and passionate advocacy. In addition, he served his community by sitting on the Centre and South Hasting Waste Management Board. Mike has over a decade of experience coaching boys and girls basketball, and is also a committed and longtime Relay for Life volunteer.
Mike grew up in the Hastings—Lennox and Addington riding and moved back in 1994 with his wife Irene and their two children. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from York University.
Bob Bratina is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Hamilton East-Stoney Creek and is a Member of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs and the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics.
After 40 years in broadcasting, Bob entered municipal politics in 2004 and has served the citizens of Hamilton for over a decade – most notably as Mayor from 2010 to 2014. As Mayor, Bob set Hamilton on the path of growth and sound public finances; he has worked fiercely to create new jobs for his citizens by welcoming manufacturing facilities and R&D companies into the city. And as a member of the GO Transit Board of Directors, Bob was instrumental in securing funding for infrastructure projects that improved train service for Hamilton commuters.
Bob is a member of the Football Reporters of Canada Hall of Fame, holder of two Queen's Jubilee Medals for lifetime community achievement, and was named Hamilton Mountain Citizen of the Year in 2002. A talented musician and avid marathon runner, Bob has performed on stage with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and competed in 18 marathons – twice in the famed Boston Marathon – and ten times in the 30 K Around the Bay Road Race – all past the age of 40. He and his wife Carol have been married for 48 years, and have a son Sam who holds three university degrees. Bob is ready to represent the residents of Hamilton East – Stoney Creek in Ottawa.
Pierre Breton is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Shefford since October 2015, and a Member of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food and the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.
Pierre was born in Granby and still resides in the city. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Université de Québec à Montréal and has worked for a number of national and international firms including Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) and Viasystems Canada. Since 2003, he has been a business partner in human resources for the Société des alcools du Québec.
Pierre has been involved in politics since he was a teenager. He began by volunteering on all four of Jean Lapierre’s election campaigns in the riding of Shefford and now currently sits as an independent municipal councillor of the City of Granby, a position he has held since 2005.
Within his community, Pierre is recognized for his involvement, credibility, skills and integrity. Serving initially as a board member, Pierre was the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation de développement commercial et touristique de Granby et Région. He was also a member and then Chair of the Board of Directors of the Société zoologique de Granby. A co founder of the Granby junior Chamber of Commerce (Génération Avenir), Pierre was a member of its board for two years. He was also a board member of the Eastern Townships airport board and a member of the École Ave Maria School Council.
The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board and the Member of Parliament for Kings–Hants (Nova Scotia), has been elected to Canada's House of Commons in seven general elections: June 1997, November 2000, June 2004, January 2006, October 2008, May 2011 and October 2015. He was a key spokesperson on economic issues and served as the Critic for Finance as well as Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. Mr. Brison has been a member of the Trilateral Commission and was named by the World Economic Forum 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, and was 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 also a leadership candidate 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 most recently served 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 10, 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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Celina Caesar-Chavannes is the Member of Parliament for Whitby and also serves as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development.
Celina has deep roots in Whitby, where she lives with her husband and three children. Prior to her election, she was a successful entrepreneur and the recipient of the Toronto Board of Trade’s Business Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012 and the 2007 Black Business and Professional Association’s Harry Jerome Young Entrepreneur Award. In addition, she has worked with a variety of private, government and non-government organizations as a celebrated research consultant. As a result of her work, Celina is a well-known international lecturer on the inclusion of marginalized populations in clinical research.
Celina has a Bachelor of Science, an MBA in Healthcare Management and is an Executive MBA graduate. She is a past member of the Governing Council at the University of Toronto, and past Vice Chair of Campus Council at University of Toronto Scarborough. She also sat as member of the Institutional Advisory Board with CIHR’s Institute of Neuroscience Mental Health and Addiction, and is a member of the Congress of Black Women.
The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, has been a dedicated business and community leader in Winnipeg for more than 30 years. He began his career as a musician, as an oboist and trustee with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He then moved on to journalism, working as an editorial writer and columnist with the Winnipeg Free Press as well as for CBC Radio.
Jim entered public life in 1988, when he was elected to represent Fort Rouge in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. He was also the deputy leader of his party. Jim later went on to become the founding CEO of the Business Council of Manitoba, where he worked alongside business leaders to address issues critical to Manitobans and Canadians.
In particular, Jim was one of the architects of the ‘Winnipeg Consensus’ process, which brought together Canadian think tanks and energy leaders, and informed the Canadian Energy Strategy released in 2015 by Canada’s provinces and territories.
Jim has been an active volunteer with a number of local, provincial, and national organizations. He was 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 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Order of Manitoba.
Bill Casey is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Cumberland-Colchester. Bill Chairs the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Health and the Standing Committee on Health, and is a Member of a number of other committees.
Bill served as a Conservative MP from 1988 to 2007 and sat as an Independent until 2009 because of his strong opposition to the Conservative’s decision to break the Canada–Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Accord. Initially elected as a Progressive Conservative, Bill now views Harper’s Conservatives as anything but progressive, and whole-heartedly believes that the Liberal Party of Canada reflects his own values. Retiring from politics in 2009, Bill moved to the public sector as the senior representative for Nova Scotia at the Department of Intergovernmental Affairs in Ottawa.
A 70-year resident of Cumberland–Colchester and a prostate cancer survivor, Bill is always looking to give back to his community and has volunteered with several local organizations including the Rotary Club. Bill is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and has been active in fundraising for cancer research and the YMCA in Amherst. Named “Best Constituency MP” by MacLean’s Magazine in 2009, he is an experienced parliamentarian who knows how to get results, and is ready to be a strong local voice in Ottawa.
Sean Casey is the Member of Parliament for Charlottetown and is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage.
Sean was Managing Partner of the Charlottetown law firm of Stewart McKelvey. He joined Stewart McKelvey in 1989, becoming a Partner in 1993. He was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2008.
From 2003-2008, Sean worked with the family business, Paderno, as President of the Paderno Group of Companies. He worked extensively in strategic planning, financial management, operations and human resources. Sean elected to return to Stewart McKelvey and was named Managing Partner in 2008.
Always active at work and in his community, Sean has been President of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce, chair of the Canadian Soccer Association National Appeals Committee, as well as Chair of Spud Minor Hockey Tournament. He has also volunteered with Holy Redeemer Church, the Canadian Soccer Association, Charlottetown Minor Hockey Association, Winsloe West Royalty Soccer Club, the PEI Marathon, and was an advisor on The Entrepreneur’s Forum.
A graduate of St. Francis Xavier and Dalhousie universities, Sean resides in West Royalty with his wife, Kathleen, and their two sons, Ryan and Dean. Sean is a keen sports fan, golfer and runner.
The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, 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 role with the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre, Bardish has worked to foster diversity within the community providing opportunities for social and economic 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, including manufacturing, technology and innovation. Passionate about community involvement, Bardish has lent her support to many different causes and organizations including The Rotary Club of Waterloo, 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 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 the Region of Waterloo into the future.
The Honourable François Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, is a businessman, lawyer, and international trade specialist that has over 20 years’ experience working for major companies worldwide. First elected in 2015, Francois-Philippe previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance until early 2017.
He has had a highly successful international career, and was named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum as well as “Personality of the Week La Presse/Radio-Canada” in 2009. More recently, he was involved in the field of green technology and the environment.
Over the years, François-Philippe has held key roles internationally, most notably as Group Vice-President and Senior Counsel at ABB Group, with over 150,000 employees. Later he served as Strategic Development Director, acting General Counsel, and Chief Ethics Officer and Member of the Group Management Committee at AMEC, a leader in the global energy sector. In addition to sitting on several boards, such as TakingITGlobal, Incheon Bridge Corporation (South Korea) and the C3E (Canadian Centre of Excellence in Energy Efficiency), he was also president of a major pan-Canadian strategic think tank.
First and foremost, François-Philippe is heavily engaged in his community. He was a speaker at the Rassemblement jeunesse de la Mauricie, and honorary president of the Alliance régionale des chambres de commerce de la Mauricie, the Poppy Campaign and the Relay for Life in Shawinigan.
Shaun Chen is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Scarborough North and a Member of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. Named by Maclean's magazine as one of "100 young Canadians to watch," Shaun is a prolific community leader who has articulated with passion the voices of his generation – a characteristic he will continue as representative for Scarborough North.
A lifelong advocate for children and youth, Shaun was first elected to the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) in 2006 as Trustee for Scarborough–Rouge River. As Trustee, Shaun championed programs to support newcomers, launched an annual tree planting initiative in the Rouge Park, and initiated a popular leadership training program for parents. In 2014, Shaun was elected Chair of the TDSB on a pledge to restore transparency and accountability at Canada's largest school board. He has served as director of the Ontario Public School Boards' Association and member of the City of Toronto Children's Services Advisory Committee, where he worked to support a multi-year strategy to expand Toronto's child care system.
Shaun holds a BSc in Computer Science and Equity Studies and an MA in Sociology in Education from the University of Toronto, and is currently a PhD student in Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
Serge Cormier is the Member of Parliament for Acadie-Bathurst and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
The son of an inshore fisher, Serge Cormier is a lifelong resident of Acadie–Bathurst and knows the riding’s strengths and issues well. Passionate about politics, a unifying force, and an exceptional community organizer, Serge will be a staunch defender of the interests of all Acadie–Bathurst residents and a long-awaited catalyst for change and renewal.
Serge began his career by acquiring a small company to finance his business administration studies. Later appointed Chief of Staff for various Government of New Brunswick departments, he organized and participated in several diplomatic missions at home and abroad, and worked on high-priority local economic issues. Serge continued as a policy analyst in the Office of the Official Opposition and as an assistant to the current Premier, the Hon. Brian Gallant, responsible for Northern New Brunswick.
Serge was a board member of the Caraquet Chamber of Commerce and organized several minor and adult hockey tournaments, and was involved in Club de golf Pokemouche for many years.
Serge and his wife, Anick, have two daughters and know the challenges facing young families. Serge wants to make Acadie–Bathurst an area in which young people will choose to settle.
Rodger Cuzner is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Cape Breton-Canso and he is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. Rodger was first elected in 2000 to represent the people of Bras d’Or-Cape Breton under the Jean Chretien Liberal government.
During his first two years in the House of Commons, Mr. Cuzner was a very active Member, serving on the Standing Committee for Canadian Heritage, Indian and Northern Affairs, Finance, Procedure and House Affairs, and the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.
Mr. Cuzner’s dedication and hard work was recognized in 2003 by Prime Minister Jean Chretien. On January 27, Rodger was sworn in as the Parliamentary Secretary to the former Prime Minister.
Rodger was re-elected in June 2004 to the 38th Parliament as the Member of Parliament for the newly expanded riding of Cape Breton-Canso. He was the unanimous selection of his colleagues to serve as chair of Atlantic Caucus.
January 23rd, 2006 saw the re-election of Mr. Cuzner to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament of Cape Breton-Canso for the third time. He was appointed as Associate Opposition Critic for Sport and Opposition Critic for Veterans’ Affairs.
On October 14th, 2008, Rodger was re-elected for his fourth consecutive term, to the 40th Parliament. He was appointed Chief Whip of the Official Opposition and served in that role until September of 2010, when he was appointed Official Opposition Critic for Fisheries and Oceans and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Rodger was re-elected for the fifth time on May 2, 2011.
Mr. Cuzner has worked as the Special Event Coordinator for the Cape Breton Department of Recreation, Culture and Facilities. He was responsible for major events like the Millennium Countdown 2000. Mr. Cuzner also worked as Athletic Coordinator for the City of Fort McMurray Alberta. In addition, he was a sports columnist with Fort McMurray Today and a commentator for CJOK Radio Station.
Throughout his life, he has demonstrated his commitment to hockey and to ensuring that Canadians are given the opportunity to succeed at our national sport.
Rodger, a native of Glace Bay, is the second of six children born to Truman and Kay Cuzner. He and his wife Lynn (nee Hopkins) have three children: Mitch, Scott and Brad.
Julie Dabrusin is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Toronto-Danforth, and is a Member of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage and the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying.
Born and raised in Montreal, Julie has lived in Toronto–Danforth since 1998. Fully bilingual and having degrees in Middle East Studies and Law, Julie spent thirteen years as a litigator at Rogers Partners LLP. Julie also spent one year as a commission counsel to the Toronto External Contracts Inquiry, which investigated government procurement of services and goods.
For the past four years, Julie has dedicated herself to being a mother and role model for her two daughters, and bringing real change to her local community.
A strong community leader, Julie serves on the Board of Directors of Park People, a Toronto alliance for better parks, and founded Friends of Withrow Park, an organization dedicated to encouraging the use of this public green space. Julie advocated on behalf of the community to save 7 local pools slated for closure as part of the City of Toronto’s 2012 budget debates and established and chaired the Frankland Community Advisory Committee to improve the use of the City’s recreational resources.
These and other volunteer efforts earned Julie the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Community Service in 2013.
Pam Damoff is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Oakville-North-Burlington, and a Member of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women. She is a business professional and community activist who has served as a town councillor in Oakville since 2010. Her extensive public service, combined with over 27 years of corporate experience on Bay Street, provides a solid background to represent Oakville North-Burlington in Ottawa.
Working hard to ensure her community’s sustainability for future generations, Pam is an ardent advocate for preserving greenspace and a healthy, active lifestyle. She co- founded Cycle Oakville to promote cycling and improved cycling infrastructure and received the 2013 Bicycling Leadership Award for her tireless promotion of cycling in Ontario.
Pam is an active volunteer in her community; she is Chair of the Oakville Santa Claus Parade and Terry Fox Run, and a member of the organizing committee of the Courage Polar Bear Dip. She also volunteers countless hours with many local charities and community groups.
Pam was the proud recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal and Paul Harris Fellow Award for her community service and the Top 40 Fabulous Women Over 40 Excellence Award for Community Leadership. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. Pam lives in Oakville and has one grown son.
Matt DeCourcey was elected in 2015 as the Member of Parliament for Fredericton. In early 2017, he was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Matt is no stranger to federal politics having worked as an assistant to former Fredericton MP and cabinet minister, Andy Scott, in 2005 and 2006. He also worked with former Labrador MP and Métis leader, Todd Russell. After a five-month international development project in West Africa, Matt established the Wanderers Friendship Cup—a soccer tournament and health-education initiative for youth in The Gambia. Armed with his unwavering vision for a caring and compassionate Canada, Matt has dedicated the years prior to being elected to bettering the lives of disenfranchised youth through his role as Director of Communications, Education and Outreach, with the New Brunswick Child and Youth Advocate.
Matt holds a Master of Public Relations Degree from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Thomas University. He is a 2012-13 Action Canada Fellow, co-authoring the report, Who Cares About Young Carers? Raising Awareness for an Invisible Population, and a former provincial coordinator for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s Youth Advisory Group.
Matt DeCourcey was born, raised, and educated in Fredericton.
Sukh Dhaliwal is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Surrey-Newton, and a Member of the Standing Committee on International Trade.
A professional Engineer, British Columbia Land Surveyor and former Liberal Member of Parliament for Newton-North Delta from 2006 to 2011, Sukh Dhaliwal is pleased to once again serve as a strong voice for the constituents of Surrey-Newton.
After earning his Bachelor of Science (Surveying Engineering) from the University of Calgary, Sukh started his own business Dhaliwal & Associates Land Surveying Inc. As a former member of the Surrey Board of Trade, he was an active spokesman for small businesses.
Through his dedication to community service, Sukh has played a vital role in transforming Surrey into the one of the most dynamic and rapidly developing communities in Canada. He participated on the Board of Directors for SEEDS (Self Employment and Entrepreneur Development Society), was a member of the City of Surrey Parks and Community Services committee, and volunteered with Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Emergency Centre Campaign – a fundraising effort to assist in the construction of the hospital’s expanded emergency ward.
Sukh has lived in Surrey-Newton for the past 25 years, where he continues to raise his son Arjan with his wife Roni. Sukh’s two daughters, Keerat and Joat, are both completing medical residencies on their path to becoming physicians."
Anju Dhillon is the Member of Parliament for Dorval—Lachine—LaSalle since October 2015. Anju was born and raised in the riding, where she worked as a lawyer and currently resides. She was the first Canadian Sikh to practise law in Quebec courts. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Concordia University and an Honours Bachelor of Law from Université de Montréal. Concerned about the welfare of others, she was a caregiver for four years. Anju also provided pro bono advice to people in need and has volunteered at the Old Brewery Mission: a homeless shelter in Montréal. In addition, Anju has been actively involved for years mentoring youth in the Sikh community. She has also previously served as the Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women.
Nicola Di Iorio is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel since October 2015, and he is a Member of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations and the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security.
A lawyer specializing in labour and employment law, Nicola Di Iorio is a partner at the law firm Langlois where he leads one of the biggest team of labour law specialist in Quebec. He has gained both recognition and respect through his 32 years of practice, repeatedly ranking among lawyers most frequently recommended by their peers in the annual survey by Lexpert Magazine. Nicola was also recognized as one of Canada’s leading labor and employment law experts in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. He is also recognized as the 2011 Person of the Year, awarded by the Association of italian-canadian jurist of Québec.
A well-known guest speaker, Nicola teaches at McGill University and the professional training school of the Barreau du Québec. He lead the redaction of “Restatement of Labor Law in Quebec” for the École du Barreau du Québec. He was also a tenured law professor at the Université de Sherbrooke. Nicola is even present in the business community, acting as a member of the board of directors in different company.
Always with the best interests of others at heart, Nicola co-founded Cool Taxi – a prepaid taxi coupon initiative that provides people with a safe way home. The initiative earned him a nomination for the 2015 Person of the Year award of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Saint-Laurent–Mount Royal. Nicola is the Secretary of the Board of Centro Leonardo da Vinci – an organization that he co-founded – and Secretary of the Board of the Italian-Canadian Community Foundation of Quebec. Nicola holds an LLB from Université de Sherbrooke and an LLM from Columbia University and has co-authored two works entitled Les normes du travail.
Nicola is a father who enjoys spending time with his three daughters.
Francis Drouin is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, and is a Member of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates and the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food.
An ardent defender of liberal values, Francis has been involved in politics for many years. Francis joined the ranks of the Liberal Party of Canada when he was 17 and for two years served as President of the Young Liberals of Glengarry–Prescott–Russell. More recently, he was Campaign Manager for the Liberal candidates running in this riding during the last provincial and federal elections. Fully bilingual and very aware of the challenges his riding faces, Francis is now making the leap into active politics in order to vigorously defend the interests of his fellow citizens on Parliament Hill.
Francis worked as a special assistant in the Office of the Ontario Premier for four years and then joined a government relations firm as a consultant in 2008. He is currently working as a communications consultant for a public relations firm. As a volunteer, Francis has been a member of the Board of Directors of Collège La Cité and worked as the government relations manager for Startup Canada.
Francis holds a college diploma in business administration-finance from Collège La Cité and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Ottawa.
Emmanuel Dubourg was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Bourassa in a by-election in November, 2013, and he was re-elected in the 2015 federal election.
Born in Haiti, in 1958, Emmanuel immigrated to Quebec in 1974. He completed his high school in Montréal-Nord and received an accounting degree from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He is a Fellow of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec (FCPA, FCA). Emmanuel also obtained an Executive MBA from UQAM and masterfully completed the highly regarded “triple play”: Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified General Accountant (CGA) with a mention for finishing 3rd in Québec’s exams and The Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec (CA).
Mr. Dubourg began his professional career in 1985 as auditor in one of the largest Canadian accounting firms, after which he had a 20-year-long career in federal public service, notably as leader of the team assembled to help uncover the underground economy. This was followed by his appointment as advisor to the Canada Revenue Agency Assistant Commissioner.
While pursuing his public service career, Mr. Dubourg taught at the collegial and post-secondary levels and acted as a consultant internationally in the accounting, financial and fiscal areas. Emmanuel also taught Taxation and Accounting at Université du Québec à Montréal and Université du Québec en Outaouais. In 2012, he co-founded CPA-Without-Borders.
Emmanuel has received numerous honours and awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the 125th Anniversary of Confederation of Canada Medal, an honour award from UQAM, and the CA Émérite award. Mr. Dubourg was decorated by the Haïtian Consulate in Montréal to celebrate his "exceptional career" and "his great contribution to the enhancement of the image and the Haitian pride worldwide".
As an international tax and audit consultant, and as a guest speaker, he taught at several institutions before making the jump to provincial politics, and then eventually to federal politics. Mr. Dubourg was elected to the National Assembly of Quebec for Viau in 2007, and then served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister of Finance. Re-elected as an MNA in 2008 and 2012, he was elected to Parliament in November 2013. He served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue from 2015 to 2017.
Emmanuel Dubourg is the father of two children: Edwin-Simon and David.
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, was Director of the Department of Economics and a tenured professor at l’Université Laval. As a well-published author, conference speaker, and renowned economics expert, he was often asked to comment on current events in Quebec and Canada. In addition to his professorial duties, Jean-Yves held the Industrial Alliance Research Chair on the Economics of Demographic Change, served as Vice-President of the Canadian Economics Association, and was a member of the Institut sur le vieillissement et la participation sociale des aînés. He was 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 a Bachelor of Arts 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. He has been rewarded for relentless hard work with prestigious grants, the Société canadienne de science économique’s prix Marcel Dagenais, 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.
Terry Duguid is the Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South and also serves as the Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women. He is a community leader who is proud of his involvement with a number of local cultural organizations, and of his advocacy on environmental and public health issues.
He has served as president of Sustainable Developments International and as Chairman of the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission. Terry has also served as a board member for Concordia Hospital and was the founding president of the International Centre for Infectious Diseases, a non-profit organization established to support and enhance the mandate of the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Terry was a member of Winnipeg’s City Council from 1989 to 1995. As a city councillor, he negotiated the city’s first infrastructure program, and pioneered Winnipeg’s blue box recycling program as well as the city’s first-ever water conservation program.
Terry and his wife Linda have two daughters.
The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, 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 Society, the Government of Japan, and the Young Presidents’ Organization. She sat on the Advisory Board for Pandemic Flu for the Conference Board of Canada, and the University of Toronto, and has helped organizations throughout Canada and the United States prepare for a possible flu pandemic. She sat 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. She has helped 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.
Julie Dzerowicz is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Davenport, and is a Member of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Special Committee on Pay Equity and the Special Committee on Pay Equity.
Julie is a senior leader in both the private and public sectors with over 20-years of grassroots experience in environment, education, health care and local issues. A child of immigrant parents, Julie understands the challenges that newcomers face. Her parents’ sacrifice instilled in her the importance of education, hard work and above all, gratitude – to never take for granted how lucky we are to live in Canada.
A Davenport homeowner, Julie was previously a Director at a large financial institution, a chief of staff to an Ontario cabinet minister, served as VP Policy for the Ontario Liberal Party, and was the former co-chair of the Ontario Platform Committee. Passionate about creating better communities, Julie co-founded Project Neutral an environmental charity, mobilized her community around local development issues and formerly served on the JUMP Math Board, among other engagements.
Believing that we can all play a role in imagining and creating a better country, Julie is the current Member of Parliament for Davenport.
Wayne entered politics in 1993 when he was officially elected as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Malpeque, P.E.I. He was re-elected in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 and on October, 2015. In Parliament, in addition to his role as an MP, he serve as Chair for the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Finance, and the Standing Committee on Finance. He is also a Member of the Subcommittee on Committee Budgets of the Liaison Committee, the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Finance, the Liaison Committee, and the Standing Committee on Finance.
Previously, Wayne served as Solicitor General of Canada, Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Oceans, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture and Agri-Food with special responsibilities for the Rural Secretariat, and as Liberal Critic for Public Safety. In Wayne’s role as Parliamentary Secretary to Agriculture and Rural Development, he traveled across Canada conducting round table discussions on the farm income crisis. This resulted in his report, “Empowering Canadian Farmers in the Marketplace”. In 1990, Wayne was an advisor and panelist for the Tri-national Exchange on Agriculture, the environment and Free Trade Agreements with Canada, the United States and Mexico.
On the national and international fronts, Wayne was National President and CEO of the National Farmers Union for 11 years, he was advisor to the Trudeau administration for the federal export agency, Canagrex, and was an advisor to the Minister of Agriculture at the FAO Conference in Rome in 1983.
Wayne was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and was raised on the family farm in North Wiltshire. He attended Charlottetown Rural High School and holds a diploma from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. He was granted a certificate from the Canadian International Grains Institute in 1973. Wayne received an Honourary Doctorate of Law degree from UPEI in 1988 for his work and contribution to agriculture and social activism on the national and international level. He was awarded the Governor General’s Canada 125 Medal in 1992 for community service.
Wayne and his wife Helen, a nurse, live in North Wiltshire and have two grown children, Kimberley and Jamie.
Ali Ehsassi is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Willowdale, and is a Member of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations and the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.
Ali is a lawyer by trade, having obtained his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School, and his LL.M. at Georgetown University Law Center. Ali also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and a Master’s of Science from the London School of Economics.
Ali has extensive experience working in government at both the provincial and federal levels of government, as well as in the private sector. He worked as a bureaucrat at the Ontario Department of Economic Development and International Trade, and later at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa. He’s also practiced law at firms in Toronto and Washington, D.C. Ali’s developed an acute specialization in International Trade and Arbitration, has taught and lectured at various colleges and universities, authored articles in leading academic publications and sat on the International Law Executive of the Ontario Bar Association.
Ali has been an active member of the Liberal Party for several decades and has devoted much time volunteering for a variety of grassroots cultural and youth initiatives.
Fayçal El-Khoury is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Laval—Les Îles since October 2015. He is also a Member of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations.
Originally from Lebanon, Fayçal settled in Canada in 1976. Fayçal has always demonstrated professional leadership. Only one year after earning his degree in civil engineering from Concordia University, he established his own construction company and contributed directly to the residential construction boom in the metropolitan region. Since 2005, he has been a consultant specializing in business relations with the Middle East. Through this work he has helped several Canadian companies win significant international contracts. He was also part of the team of directors at the Georgette Elias Dental Clinic, which is owned by his wife.
Locally, Fayçal is known as someone who builds and sustains community relationships through his open-minded approach. He provides a bridge between the many cultural and religious communities in the riding and he has been tremendously effective at fostering the integration of refugees and new immigrants.
Neil Ellis has enjoyed serving the citizens of Belleville as mayor for the past two terms. In this capacity, he has truly learned the meaning of being "in-tune" with the residents’ needs and wants. It has been a true pleasure for Neil to experience this firsthand.
In addition to sitting on a number of municipal boards and committees, Neil sat on the Executive Committee of Ontario Small Urban Municipalities and is the former Vice-Chair of the Veridian Corporation Board of Directors. In 2011, he was also appointed to the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, a national initiative that assumes responsibility for the long-term management of Canada's used nuclear fuel.
Neil is no stranger to dealing with broader government networks, having worked in federal and provincial circles as Chair of the Eastern Ontario Mayors’ Committee.
Neil Ellis was born and raised in Belleville, where he has raised his family and run a small business for 28 years.
Nathaniel Erskine-Smith is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Beaches-East York, and is a Member of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security and the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics.
A litigation lawyer, born and raised in Beaches – East York, Nathaniel understands that his community deserves honest and respectful representation and he is dedicated to being a strong voice in Ottawa for all of its residents.
Nathaniel previously practised commercial litigation in downtown Toronto. He obtained both his B.A. and J.D. from Queen's University and his Master of Laws (B.C.L.), with distinction, at the University of Oxford, where he studied political philosophy and constitutional law.
Committed to public service, Nathaniel is active in his community, and he regularly provided pro bono legal services to a range of clients and causes. He previously volunteered with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and he has fought public interest matters before the Divisional Court and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.
An avid baseball fan, Nathaniel pitched for the baseball teams at Queen’s University, the University of Oxford, and the City of Oxford. He lives in Beaches – East York with his wife Amy Symington, a nutrition professor and chef at George Brown College.
The Honourable Mark Eyking is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Sydney-Victoria. Mark is the Chair of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on International Trade and the Standing Committee on International Trade, and he is a Member of numerous other committees.
In November of 2000, Mark Eyking, a resident of Millville, N.S., was first elected Member of Parliament for the Federal Riding of Sydney-Victoria.
Prior to entering politics, Mark, along with his wife Pam, operated a successful vegetable farm for several years. They were recipients of the Cape Breton Business Excellence Award and Outstanding Young Farmers of Nova Scotia Award. Mark also worked on international agricultural projects, implementing sustainable farming practices in Central America.
Mr. Eyking served on various committees including, International Trade, Foreign Affairs, and Agriculture & Agri-food.
He was sworn into the Privy Council in 2003 and was given the responsibility of Agriculture and Agri Food. In 2004, Mr. Eyking was asked by Prime Minister Paul Martin to be responsible for the emerging economies such as China, India, Brazil and Eastern European Countries.
One of Mr. Eyking’s most important accomplishments was securing half a billion dollars to clean up the Cape Breton coal mines and the former coke oven sites. Mr. Eyking has also successfully lobbied the federal government to help fund the dredging of Sydney Harbour, which has since been completed.
In October of 2015, Mr. Eyking won his sixth consecutive election as Member of Parliament for Sydney-Victoria.
He is now the Chair of the Standing Committee on International Trade; Canada being a trading nation does over $700 billion worth of trade around the world per year.
He is a graduate of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Truro. Mark and his wife Pam have four children and three grandchildren.
Doug Eyolfson is the Member of Parliament for Charleswood–St. James–Assiniboia–Headingley. He sits on the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs, Standing Committee on Health and Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Health.
He is a successful Emergency Room doctor who has dedicated his life to ensuring the well-being of others. He now wants to improve the health of his community as the strong local voice in Parliament they deserve.
A leader in the medical community, Doug served as the medical director of Manitoba’s land ambulance program and is an assistant professor with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He also served with Manitoba Air Ambulance, providing emergency care in remote areas. Doug’s research into hypothermia – for which CBC interviewed him while in an ice water bath – was published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, which publishes original research that furthers our understanding of how the healthy human body functions under a variety of environmental and demanding conditions.
Dubbed the “Transit Angel” by local media, Doug is credited with saving the life of a Winnipeg transit rider in 2013. He used his well-honed knowledge of CPR to revive a passenger in cardiac arrest.
Greg Fergus was elected as the Member of Parliament for Hull–Aylmer in October, 2015.
Greg has a solid experience in the political field. He has worked as a policy advisor and senior policy advisor in a number of ministerial offices. He has also worked at all levels of the Liberal Party of Canada, including as National Director, where he introduced change and innovation that made the Party more efficient, restoring it to today’s modern appeal. He also served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development from 2015 to 2017.
Greg readily gets involved in his community. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Aylmer Arms Residence and a member of the parish council for a parish within his riding. In the past, he has been vice president of a neighbourhood association, amongst other contributions. He has also been involved with elementary and secondary school committees and sports teams and with organizations defending regional interests.
Greg holds two Bachelor’s Degrees - one in Social Science and one in International Relations. He has also undertaken studies at the master’s level in international relations. Over the past 25 years, he has worked in both the private and public sectors, with not for profit organizations and in the academic sector.
Greg and his wife, Julie, have three children.
Andy Fillmore is the Member of Parliament for Halifax and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Democratic Institutions.
While serving in Parliament, Andy has been devoted to making Canada’s communities healthy and sustainable spaces in which to live, work, and play; supporting innovation; improving relations with Indigenous peoples; and protecting the environment.
In January 2016, Andy was elected Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs.
In May 2016, he introduced his first private member’s motion to the House of Commons, calling for greenhouse gas analyses of government infrastructure. In September 2016, the motion passed with strong multi-party support.
Prior to his election in 2015, Andy spent twenty years as urban planner and community builder in the private, public, and academic sectors. He is a founding member and former Vice President of the Canadian Council for Urbanism.
As Halifax’s first Manager of Urban Design, Andy’s career has included projects like the new Halifax Central Library and “HRM by Design,” the downtown Halifax plan. His leadership on HRM by Design has seen development activity in downtown Halifax increase by over forty times.
Andy also served as Director and Associate Professor at the Dalhousie University’s School of Planning.
Most recently, Andy was VP of Planning & Development at the Waterfront Development Corporation where he oversaw the ongoing development of Halifax’s mixed-use waterfront, with a focus on increasing economic opportunity, enhancing tourism, and creating new public spaces in the city.
He attended Acadia University and holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and Dalhousie University.
Andy grew up in Halifax, and he is a proud, unrelenting champion for his hometown in Canada’s Parliament.
Pat Finnigan is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Miramichi-Grand Lake, and a Chairs the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food and the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food. Patrice is also a Member of another of additional committees.
The son of a farmer, Pat (Patrice) Finnigan grew up in Rogersville. During the late 1970s he and his wife, Lise, started their company, best known as “Mr. Tomato”. This prosperous family farming business regularly gives back to the community through their involvement in local events and fundraising for charitable organizations. Patrice is also one of the founding members of the La Récolte de Chez Nous co-operative – a network in which cultivators can exchange products and promote their industry.
Patrice is very involved in his community. Among other activities, he was the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Association of Community Business Development Corporations (CBDC) and President of the Kent CBDC and the Régie de la Santé de Miramichi. He was also president of the Miramichi Community Action Committee, and a member of the Ministry of Agriculture’s round table. He has received recognition on numerous occasions for his community involvement. In 2008, he received the Award of Excellence from the Province of New Brunswick for his community leadership and the Kent County Citizen of the Year Award, and in 2011, the New Brunswick Institute of Agrologists awarded him the Louis Hébert Award.
Patrice holds a technical diploma in phytology from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College.
Darren Fisher is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Dartmouth-Cole Harbour, and is a Member of Standing Committee on National Defence and the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.
Darren defines what it means to be community-oriented, coming from a long line of entrepreneurs and civic participation. The Fisher family has called Dartmouth-Cole Harbour home for generations; operating businesses, volunteering and being actively involved in their community. Prior to being elected to Halifax Regional Council in 2009, Darren was also an avid fundraiser; working with charities, schools and local sports teams to help them achieve their goals.
Re-elected to Council in 2012, Darren was also elected by his peers to represent them as Deputy Mayor. He will continue to serve his community and lead the charge for positive change as the representative for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour in Ottawa.
In their free time, Darren and his wife, Anne, can be found in a local rink following son Bruen, who plays for the Dartmouth Whalers, and daughter Ava, who plays for the Cole Harbour Wings. Their summer months are spent at Lake Banook watching their children paddle for Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club.
Peter Fonseca is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Mississauga East-Cooksville and is a Member of the Standing Committee on International Trade. Peter, an Olympian who proudly represented his country as Canada's top marathon runner, is the current Member of Parliament for the riding of Mississauga East—Cooksville. Peter is no stranger to public service, having served in the Ontario Legislature as a Member of Provincial Parliament between 2003 and 2011.
Under the Ontario Liberals, Peter served as Cabinet Minister, taking on the Labour and Tourism & Recreation portfolios. Peter was narrowly defeated in the 2011 federal election when he ran in the riding under the Liberal banner, but successfully turned the riding Liberal red in 2015.
Peter has lived, worked and raised his family in the riding for 15 years with his wife, Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca, and their two children. Peter sits on the boards of the Carassauga Festival et de la Luso Canadian Charitable Society. He is also a contributor to the Portuguese Charities Foundation, Mississauga Food Bank, Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre, and the Mississauga Ukrainian Church.
Elected to the House of Commons in April 2017, Mona Fortier is the first female Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier. She currently serves as a member on the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. Mona’s extensive expertise encompasses the areas of health care, education, job creation and francophone affairs.
Mona graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology). She has served on several non-profit Board of Directors including the Montfort Hospital, the Provincial Advisory Committee on Francophone Affairs (Ontario), and the Shaw Centre. In addition, Mona has received numerous awards for her community involvement, including the Queen Elizabeth II- Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
For more than twenty years, Mona has worked in both the public and private sector. Prior to being elected, she worked as the Chief Director of Communications and Market Development at Collège La Cité and managed her own strategic communications consulting firm.
Mona is dedicated to representing the constituents of Ottawa-Vanier, the riding she currently lives with her husband Olivier and their three children.
Peter Fragiskatos is the Member of Parliament for the riding of London North Centre, and a Member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development. A former political scientist at King’s University College, Peter is now combining his passion for politics with a drive to serve his community. He is committed to working tirelessly in order to effectively represent the people who entrusted him with this responsibility in October 2015.
Prior to being elected, Peter also served as a media commentator. His works have been published by major Canadian and international news organizations including Maclean’s Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, BBC News, and CNN. Very active in London’s Greek community, Peter ran a youth mentorship program and assisted with the organization of the annual Greek summer festival for several years. Peter served on the Board of Directors of Anago Resources and the Heritage London Foundation. He is an active volunteer who has worked with many local not-for- profit groups such as the London Food Bank, the Cross Cultural Learner Centre and Literacy London – a charity dedicated to helping adults improve their reading and writing skills.
Peter has a Political Science degree from Western University, a Master’s degree in International Relations from Queen’s University, and holds a PhD in International Relations from Cambridge University.
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Sean Fraser is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Central Nova, and a Member of the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and the Standing Committee on the Status of Women.
A lawyer and Pictou County native, Sean has spent the last several years working in Calgary for one of Canada's top-ranked law firms, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. He also acts as an Associate Research Fellow with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law.
A long-time volunteer, Sean served as the Vice-President of a local branch of the United Nations’ Association in Canada, and assists self-represented individuals in civil court proceedings on a pro bono basis. He cares deeply about transparency in government and spent time working to promote access to information laws with a human rights organization in South Africa. Sean will focus on creating economic conditions that will retain and attract young people and families to the region.
Sean holds a Law degree from Dalhousie University, a Master’s degree in Public International Law from the Netherlands’ Leiden University, and a Bachelor of Science from St. Francis Xavier University, where he was President of the Students’ Union. A former member of the Stellarton Balmoral Pipe Band, Sean has been playing the bagpipes for 22 years.
Colin Fraser is the Member of Parliament for the riding of West Nova, and a Member of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs, the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs and the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
Yarmouth native and successful lawyer, Colin is a strong voice in Ottawa for all West Nova residents – believing it’s time for a change and new direction in Canada.
Colin holds an Honours Bachelor Degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Laws. Before becoming a lawyer, Colin worked as a tour guide at Rideau Hall. He was later selected by Veterans' Affairs Canada to be a guide at Vimy Ridge, France.
Colin has been a leader in both his local and legal community. He has volunteered his time with the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation and South West Nova Transition House Association, in addition to serving as President of the Western Counties Barristers’ Society and President of the Yarmouth County Bar. Colin speaks both of Canada’s official languages and is a member of L’Association des juristes d’expression française de la Nouvelle- Écosse (N.S. Association of French speaking lawyers).
Colin understands the need for strong leadership in West Nova and vows to work every day to ensure the area he represents has a say in Canada's future.
The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, is the Member of Parliament for University-Rosedale. She previously served as Minister of International Trade between 2015 and early 2017.
Ms. Freeland was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre in a by-election in November 2013 and then re-elected in October 2015 as the Member of Parliament for University– Rosedale.
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 University-Rosedale.
Hedy Fry is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Vancouver Centre, she is the Chair of Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, and she is a Member of the Liaison Committee and the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.
Hedy was first elected Member of Parliament for Vancouver Centre in 1993. She was re-elected for the seventh time in October 2015.
Over the past two decades, Dr. Fry has served her government and constituents in a number of capacities. For six years, she was Secretary of State for the Status of Women and Multiculturalism, and a sitting member of cabinet committees including social union, voluntary initiative, homelessness, and modernization of benefits for same sex couples.
Dr. Fry served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration with a Special Emphasis on Foreign Credentials. She also served on committees pertaining to citizenship, health, justice and human rights, and social development.
Her priorities include tourism and the burgeoning film industry, promoting our diversity of cultures and peoples, and ensuring the sustainability and empowerment of our expanding urban centers. She is also focused on small business and niche markets (especially regarding the untapped potential of women), science and technology, promoting investment and partnerships in opening up unexploited markets (such as nano and medical biotechnology) and allowing Canada to become a world leader.
Prior to her federal election, Dr. Fry was an active member of both the British Columbia and Canadian Medical Associations. She served in numerous capacities including as president, committee chair, and chief negotiator.
Ms. Fry lives in Vancouver and has three adult children.
Stephen Fuhr is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Kelowna-Lake Country, and Chairs both the Subcommitte on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committe on National Defence and the Standing Committee on National Defence. He is also a Member of a number of other committees.
Stephen Fuhr is a former CF-18 fighter pilot with the Canadian Air Force, has run a military pilot training establishment, and successfully managed a technology company of 40 employees. After serving with distinction for 20 years, Stephen retired from the Canadian Forces in 2009 with the rank of Major and joined his family’s Kelowna-based company, SkyTrac Systems, which develops aviation communication and tracking equipment. As Director of Business Development and as CEO, Stephen led the company to financial success in a challenging economic climate. In 2012, he left the company to pursue his first love of flying and currently works as an aircraft Captain on a Gulfstream 650.
Born in Edmonton but raised in Kamloops, Stephen is an engaged community member and is a member of the Canadian Legion. Stephen is also an avid outdoorsman, and loves to take full advantage of the Kelowna— Lake Country region.
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, has served his country his entire professional career, beginning with the Canadian Navy, then as an astronaut and President of the Canadian Space Agency, and now in political life. Marc began his service to Canada as a navy combat systems engineer in HMCS Algonquin from 1974 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, and provided technical and program support in the preparation of experiments for future Canadian missions. In February 2001, Marc Garneau was appointed Executive Vice President of the Canadian Space Agency and then President 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 Critic for Industry, Science and Technology as well as the Leader’s representative for Quebec. He was re-elected in Westmount-Ville-Marie in May 2011 and served as House Leader in the House of Commons. He also served as the Critic for Foreign Affairs and La Francophonie. In October 2015, he was re-elected, in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Westmount. In August 2003, Marc was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour. He has also had two high schools named after him, Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute in Toronto and École Secondaire Marc Garneau in Trenton, Ontario.
Mark Gerretsen is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Kingston and the Islands and is a Member of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development and the Standing Committee on National Defence.
Mark entered municipal politics in 2006 as a City Councillor and later served as Mayor of Kingston from 2010-2014. As Mayor, Mark oversaw a number of key initiatives, including the creation of the Mayor’s Task Force on Development to improve customer service for residents, businesses and developers, and the development of an Age-Friendly Plan to focus on making Kingston livable for seniors in the community. During his time in municipal politics, Mark served on the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Board of Directors and the Large Urban Mayor’s Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) where he worked with municipal leaders across Ontario advancing such issues as the integration of social services, increased investment in local infrastructure and affordable housing.
Born and raised in Kingston, Mark has had a keen entrepreneurial sense from a young age. Involved in several business ventures from a young age, Mark started a property development and management company in 1997 which continues to operate in Kingston today. Mark holds an Economics degree from Queen’s University and lives in Kingston's East end with his wife, Vanessa, and their two boys, Mason and Francesco.
Pamela Goldsmith-Jones is the Member of Parliament for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country and also serves as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade.
Pam is a longtime resident of West Vancouver, and has demonstrated her unwavering commitment to her community by championing citizen engagement and community leadership. It is as a result of this commitment to community that she was twice elected mayor of West Vancouver.
As mayor, Pam prioritized the attraction of talent to her community and supported citizens in their leadership efforts. She also quickly became known for her big and bold ideas, and for her commitment to urban revitalization, conservation, child care, and the arts. She prioritized conservation in West Vancouver, working on projects such as the reduction of solid waste, and the restoration of the foreshore/intertidal zone, for which the city was awarded the UN Global Green City Award. Pam was also a key component in Vancouver’s fundraising efforts for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
In 2011, Pam retired from municipal politics in order to complete her executive MBA at Simon Fraser University, specializing in Aboriginal Business and Leadership. She now runs a successful public affairs consulting firm in Vancouver.
The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, is one of Canada’s former finance ministers, as well as a former Opposition House Leader. 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, he received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Regina in 1971, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan in 1972. He 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 1980s, 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, 2011 and 2015. He served in the federal Cabinet as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Minister of Natural Resources, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister of Finance. During his tenure, Canada recorded strong economic growth, balanced budgets, declining debt, lower taxes, and among the strongest fiscal performances in the western world. Ralph Goodale and his spouse, Pamela, make their home in Regina.
The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions, , is a trade and investment specialist and community activist with deep roots in her hometown of Burlington. She was first elected to Parliament in 2015. Karina fuelled her passion for public service and international development by spending a year volunteering at an orphanage in Mexico. As a student at McGill University, she served as president of the Arts Undergraduate Society, and organized a $20,000 fundraising campaign for victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. That same year, she began working as a consultant to the Migration and Development Program at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C.
After completing her master’s degree in International Relations at the University of Oxford, she moved back to Burlington, where she worked as a trade and investment specialist for the Mexican Trade Commission.
Karina has been an active member of her community. She is a member of the Oxford Cambridge Society of Toronto, and has volunteered at the Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club, and as the social media coordinator for the Mississauga Furniture Bank.
David Graham is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Laurentides—Labelle since October 2015, and is a Member of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates and the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs.
Deeply immersed in politics and community service since childhood, David was born and raised in a family of community activists. He has explored the length and breadth of the vast Laurentides—Labelle riding and is familiar with its myriad of challenges, and with its resource potential, both human and natural.
During more than 8 years as a technology journalist, he founded, ran, organized, or volunteered with a number of charities, non-profits and community projects in the fields of technology, heritage and community action, including as a co-founder of the Open and Free Technology Community, three-term board member of Software In the Public Interest, and driver for Operation Nez Rouge in Mont-Tremblant, among many others, and obtained his flying licence and CPR-C certification.
For the past five years David had been working as a political assistant for Liberal MP Scott Simms, and still managed to find time to volunteer in his community. As a father, he sees his role as building bridges and working to provide a better future for her and everyone who lives, works or plays in his world-renowned beautiful riding.
Following the election of October 19, 2015, David founded the Liberal Rural Caucus and became the chairman of the newly formed Digital Infrastructure Caucus. He is currently interim Deputy-House Leader at the House of Commons.
David Graham is the father of a young daughter.
Raj Grewal is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Brampton East, and a Member of the Standing Committee on Finance and the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates. He has called Brampton home for the last 24 years, during which time he has been a dedicated community servant and garnered a diverse range of professional experience.
Raj brings a solid business and legal background to the Liberal team. He obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. Raj was called to the Ontario bar in June 2014 after completing his JD at Osgoode Hall Law School and is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Raj practiced law at a prominent Bay street firm, where he specialized in public and private mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and securities. Before entering the legal profession, Raj was a financial analyst for a fortune 500 company.
Raj currently sits on the board for KarmaGrow, a Brampton community garden project. He also dedicates his time to the Guru Gobind Singh Children’s Foundation and participates in the mentorship programs at both Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business.
The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, is well known and well respected within her community for her work on substance use issues, harm reduction, housing, and public health. Following her election as the Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North in 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed her as Minister of Status of Women, a role in which she served until early 2017. Patty was the Executive Director at Shelter House, is the author of and was a key member of the Implementation Panel for the Thunder Bay Drug Strategy. In addition, she was on the Community Advisory Board for the Homelessness Partnering Strategy. Patty served as Chairperson for the Drug Awareness Committee of Thunder Bay. She was formerly on the Board of Directors for Alpha Court Mental Health Services and the Ontario Literacy Coalition. Patty has had a variety of her written work published, including several op-eds in The Chronicle Journal on the issue of homelessness. Patty has lived in Thunder Bay–Superior North since 1980. She and her two sons currently call Thunder Bay home. In addition to her work on 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 and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Victoria.
Ken Hardie is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Fleetwood-Port Kells, and a Member of the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, as well as the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.
A broadcaster and a senior public affairs manager, Ken has spent his career connecting people with information, resources, and services in order to better inform and engage people in their communities.
Ken began his career in broadcasting as a commentator, announcer, and interviewer with various radio and television affiliates across BC and Western Canada, and as a freelance print media reporter. As a communication director in the public sector, at both the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) and TransLink, he has been closely involved with key public safety and regional development initiatives across BC and in Metro Vancouver, including Surrey.
Ken designed and implemented innovative mass and social media campaigns that enabled public dialogue, and helped inform major provincial and regional policies. These range from life-saving road safety programs for ICBC, the communication program for the regional transportation authority during the 2010 Winter Olympics, through to direct media support for the Vancouver Police during the 2011 Stanley Cup riots.
Ken studied economics at the University of British Columbia, and graduated from the Executive Management Development Program at Simon Fraser University. He and his wife have lived in Surrey’s Fleetwood-Port Kells community for the past 15 years.
T.J. Harvey is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Tobique-Mactaquac and a Member of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources, the Standing Committee on Natural Resources and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.
A devoted family man and businessman, Thomas J. Harvey (T.J.) has lived in the riding of Tobique – Mactaquac his entire life. He knows that progress is made through public engagement and a willingness to hear all sides, and T.J. is ready to be a vocal, thoughtful, and tireless advocate for all residents.
T.J. is dedicated to ensuring that future generations are provided with the same opportunities as those who came before. He understands the issues that are most important to Tobique – Mactaquac; increased access to affordable and sustainable housing; a healthy local economy; and improved employment opportunities for all residents.
A business graduate of Nova Scotia Agricultural College and the Atlantic Agricultural Leadership Program, T.J. has worked with the Canadian Young Farmers’ Forum, connecting leading young agriculture producers across Canada, while providing support and resources to promote the industry. As a member of the Agriculture Alliance of New Brunswick board of directors, he represented the interests of both English and French agriculture producers through the Federation of Agricultural Producers.
T.J. and his wife have been producing eggs as New Brunswick Egg Producers since 2010.
Hon. Kent J. Hehr, P.C., M.P, was born and raised in Calgary. Kent’s mom worked as a school principal and his father as the president of the Alberta Teachers’ Association, making education and public service part of the fabric of everyday life. Kent took an early interest in sports, especially hockey, with an eye to a career as a phys-ed teacher. In 1989-90 he played with the Calgary Canucks and helped win the Alberta Junior Hockey League Championship. The following year he attended Mount Royal College and played with the Cougars, his stick-handling getting better and better.
Then Kent’s life changed forever. In October 1991, while riding in a friend’s car, Kent was hit by a drive-by shooter. The injury left him paralyzed. He would never walk again.
Like thousands of Canadians with life-altering spinal cord injuries, Kent’s path changed, but his pace didn’t. In fact, if anything, it quickened. While still re-learning to use his fingers, Kent studied at the University of Calgary, and received a Bachelor of Canadian Studies followed by a Bachelor of Law in 2001.
Kent practiced law at the prestigious national firm, Fraser Milner Casgrain (now Dentons), and became an active community leader, working with the United Way and heading the Alberta branch of the Canadian Paraplegic Association. In 2008 he won the race to represent the constituency of Calgary-Buffalo in the Alberta Legislature, a seat he successfully defended in 2012.
In 2015 he was successful in a run to become the Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre in the House of Commons. He now proudly serves as the first Liberal from Calgary to sit in Cabinet since 1972.
Over the past decade of his political involvement he has become one of the most recognizable faces in Calgary. When not on the campaign trail or spending time with his nephews and partner, Deanna, Kent can often be found in the community chatting with constituents in the local Safeway or Co-op.
After the 2015 election he was appointed to the role of Minister of Veterans’ Affairs (2015 – 2017). Minister Hehr now proudly serves in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet as the Minister for Sport and Persons with Disabilities.
Mark Holland is the Member of Parliament for Ajax and also serves as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. Mark is the former Executive Director of the former Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada’s Ontario Mission and National Director of Children and Youth. A lifelong community advocate, Mark has lived in the community his entire life and previously served Ajax as Member of Parliament from 2004 – 2011.
As a Member of Parliament, Mark was responsible for many high-profile portfolios, including Liberal Critic for Natural Resources, and Liberal Critic for Public Safety and National Security – where he fiercely defended frontline police officers and victims of crime, and opposed cuts to crime prevention and victim support funding. In Mark’s time in Opposition, he was also broadly recognized for posing hard questions of government and fearlessly digging into government mismanagement and waste.
From 1997 to 2004, Mark served as a Durham Region and City of Pickering Councillor as well as serving as Acting Mayor. During this time, Mark led the redevelopment of Pickering’s waterfront, spearheaded the Youth Partnership Initiative to create jobs and opportunity for Durham’s youth, and consistently advocated for environmental issues – all while working to keep Pickering’s taxes the lowest in Durham Region.
Mark lives in Ajax with his three children.
Anthony Housefather is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Mount Royal since October 2015. Anthony is the Chair of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. He is also a Member of the Liaison Committee.
Anthony has two Law Degrees (B.C.L. and LL.B.) from McGill University and an MBA from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business. He worked at Dialogic Corporation – a multinational technology company, where Anthony had risen through the ranks to become Executive Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and General Counsel.
Anthony has been politically active for 25 years, first being elected to office in 1994. He was initially elected as a municipal councillor in Hampstead, then elected in Côte-Saint-Luc/Hampstead/Montreal West, and has served as Mayor of Côte-Saint-Luc since 2005. As part of his work, he is in charge of the human resources, legal services, purchasing, community relations, intergovernmental relations and Agglomeration Council portfolios. In addition, he is the secretary of the Association of Suburban Municipalities and a member of the Montreal Agglomeration Council.
On a personal level, Anthony participates in numerous activities in his community. He is a member of the drama society and swim team. His performance in swimming earned him seven medals at the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel. He has also been a volunteer for many years within a number of organizations serving the English speaking and Jewish communities.
The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, was elected the Member of Parliament for the riding of York South-Weston in 2015. A lawyer and social activist, he has a proven track record of leadership and community empowerment that is effective at getting results for York South—Weston.
Born and raised in Somalia, Ahmed immigrated to Canada in 1993 where he settled in Regent Park and quickly gravitated towards public service. In 2002 he co-founded the Regent Park Community Council and was able to secure the $500 million revitalization project of Regent Park, all while ensuring the interests of the area’s nearly 15,000 residents were protected. Ahmed currently serves as the National President of the Canadian Somali Congress – a Somali community organization that works with national and regional authorities to advocate on issues of importance to Canadians of Somali heritage and strengthen civic engagement and integration. His results-driven reputation led to an invitation to join the task force for modernizing income security for adults in the Toronto City Summit Alliance.
Ahmed is fluent in English, Somali, and Swahili, and earned his B.A (History) from York University and his Law Degree from the University of Ottawa. In 2004, the Toronto Star recognized him as one of ten individuals in Toronto to have made substantial contributions to our community.
Gudie Hutchings is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Long Range Mountains and she is the Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Tourism. Born and raised in Corner Brook, she is proud to call the Humber Valley home. With a focus on consultation and consensus-building, she is determined to be a strong voice for the issues that matter most to the residents of Long Range Mountains.
A well-known advocate in the outfitting industry for nearly 20 years, and tourism more broadly for over 30 years, Gudie spent a decade as a board member for the Newfoundland and Labrador Outfitters Association, where she served as both president and vice-president. She is Chair and Managing Director of the Battle Harbour Historic Trust – an organization committed to conserving, protecting, and promoting the living heritage, integrity, and natural environment of Battle Harbour. Gudie is a former president of the Corner Brook Chamber of Commerce and was a founding board member of the Canadian Federation of Outfitting Associations, which advocates on behalf of the Canadian outfitter industry. In all pursuits she has maintained a focus on developing and retaining local employees and utilizing sustainable environmental practices.
Gudie is also Co-Chair of Forget-Me-Not, a community group dedicated to raising money to honour past and present soldiers at Remembrance Square in Corner Brook.
Angelo Iacono is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Alfred-Pellan since October 2015, and he is a Member of the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament and the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.
A lawyer by trade, Angelo is committed to his profession and his community. A long-serving volunteer, Angelo started his political journey within the Liberal Party of Canada in his teenage years and continues to be a strong advocate of Liberal values.
Within his community, Angelo is involved with a number of organizations, including the Knights of Columbus. He is also vice president of the “Association des Juristes Italo-canadiens du Québec” and has served on the board of directors for Compagnons de Montréal, a non-profit organization which seeks to assist intellectually challenged adults.
Angelo is also involved with charitable organizations that support the work of the Canadian Cancer Society and the Montreal Neurological Hospital and Institute.
A lawyer by training, the Honourable Mélanie Joly is passionate about her city of Montréal and the power of positive politics. 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. Founder of Le Vrai Changement pour Montréal party, Mélanie ran for mayor of Montréal in 2013. A firm believer in the importance of community involvement, Mélanie has served on numerous boards of directors, including those of the Régie des rentes du Québec, Fondation du CHUM, and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. She has also served as a spokesperson for Logis Rose-Virginie and as 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, and was later honoured as the first Quebecer to receive the Arnold Edinborough Award for her involvement in the cultural community. Mélanie holds an Honours Bachelor of Law from Université de Montréal and a Magister Juris in European and Comparative law from the University of Oxford.
Yvonne Jones is the Member of Parliament for Labrador and is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.
Prior to her election to the House of Commons in May 2013, Yvonne was Liberal MHA for Cartwright-L’anse au Clair since 1999. She also held the seat as an independent as early as 1996. During her time has a Liberal MHA she served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Department of Works, Services and Transportation and to the Department of Health. In 2003, Yvonne Jones was the first female in the province to be appointed Minister of Fisheries & Aquaculture. She was also the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women.
Yvonne Jones was appointed Interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador and Leader of the Official Opposition on November 15th, 2007. On July 30, 2010, Yvonne became the official Leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador.
A graduate of West Viking College, Yvonne began her career as a journalist and has worked throughout the province as a news reporter. She also carried out contract work as a researcher with Memorial University and as a Resource Employment Counselor with Human Resources Development Canada. Yvonne is also an entrepreneur and has owned and operated small businesses in Labrador in both the transportation and tourism sectors. Her first foray into politics was as Mayor of her hometown, Mary’s Harbour, Labrador, in 1991.
Through her volunteer work with the Battle Harbour Development Corporation, the Combined Councils of Labrador, the NunatuKavut and various literacy groups and councils, Yvonne played a significant role in improving the quality of life not only for the people of her district, but for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Bernadette Jordan was first elected on October, 2015. In addition to be a Member of Parliament for the riding of South Shore—St. Margarets, in Nova Scotia, she also has responsibilities as a Member on the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations, the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. A professional fundraiser and community activist, Bernadette Jordan is currently the Development Officer for Health Services Foundation in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, where she has spent the last eight years as part of a team raising millions of dollars for health care in her region. Bernadette has participated in community-level politics for over 30 years, having held positions such as the President of the Atlantic Community Newspapers Association and Earth Day Challenge Committee Chair. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from St. Francis Xavier University, is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. Driven by a deep admiration and love for the region she lives in, Bernadette believes in economic development that creates jobs in Nova Scotia – in both traditional industries and new ones – while still remaining committed to protecting the environment. This regional understanding allow her to focus on the ideas and visions that best reflect the hearts and minds of the people in this community. Bernadette is happily married to her husband Dave and together they have raised three children: Isaac, Mason, and Rebecca.
Majid Jowhari is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Richmond Hill, and a Member of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. Majid is a successful businessman from the Richmond Hill community as the owner and CEO of his own boutique consulting firm, Iridium Management Consulting Group Incorporated. He provides third party advisory services to the office of CXO. His core competency lies in developing pragmatic solutions to complex problems, with a focus on business operation efficiency and sustainability.
Majid is actively involved in the local community, serving as a member in the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce, The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, the Iranian Canadian Network, the Iranian Canadian Congress, Parya Trillium, and Mohandes.
Majid is committed to improving the lives of those living in Richmond Hill. He wants to be an advocate for change on issues that are of local concern, such as small business sustainability and cost of living. Majid has lived in the riding for 15 years with his wife and two children.
Iqra Khalid is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Mississauga-Erin Mills, and is a Member of the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, and the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
An avid believer in building strong communities and giving back to society, Iqra Khalid is a young Pakistani-Canadian woman who has lived in the riding of Mississauga-Erin Mills for the past decade. She immigrated to Canada in the late 1990’s from England, where she began her formal schooling. Iqra graduated from York University in 2007, with a double major in Criminology and Professional Writing. She later obtained her Juris Doctor and is now working as a legal professional with the City of Mississauga.
Throughout her life, Iqra has been a strong advocate for equality and fairness. She has proven her dedication to the community and her leadership capability time and again. Iqra has held numerous volunteer positions including President of the Pakistani Student Association, Media Relations Ambassador for the York University Student Alumni, Communications Coordinator for the Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals, and a Director on the Board for Breaking Free Foundation.
Iqra’s primary objective has always been to strengthen the ties among Canadians. She is capable and determined to bring forward solutions, offer a fresh, progressive perspective, and help bring our nation to greater heights.
Kamal Khera is the Member of Parliament for Brampton West and also serves as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue. A registered nurse, community volunteer and a political activist, Kamal is passionate about improving the lives of those around her and is committed to being a strong voice for change for all residents in Brampton West.
A first-generation Canadian, Kamal immigrated to Canada from Delhi, India, at a very young age. She attended York University where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology with Honours and her Bachelors of Science in Nursing with Honours.
Drawn to assisting others, Kamal gained diverse experience within the field of Health through her professional experience with Centre of Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH), Peel Family Shelter, and William Osler Health Centre. Kamal presently works as a Registered Nurse in the Oncology Unit at St Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto, which gives her a deep understanding of the issues that impact individuals every day.
Kamal is an active member of her community, serving as Chairperson of South Asian Canadians Heritage Foundation, Mentor and Program Coordinator at Big Brother Big Sister of Peel, and Event Coordinator with Sick Kids Foundation. She also hosted 'Youth Vision' – a local TV talk show which explored issues surrounding young South Asian Canadians.
Emmanuella Lambropoulos is the Member of Parliament for the federal riding of Saint-Laurent. A devoted community leader and educator who is dedicated to supporting children and families in our community, she was a French and History teacher at Rosemount High School, and closely supported children with learning disabilities in her 6 years teaching at LaurenHill Academy.
Born and raised in Ville Saint-Laurent, Emmanuella gained a deep passion for public service on campaigns for the Hon. Stéphane Dion. She is committed to making Saint-Laurent an even more inclusive community and is fluently trilingual, speaking French, English, and Greek.
Emmanuella earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education from McGill University in 2013, and is also currently completing a McGill Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration. She served as President of the Hellenic Association while at McGill, and has a long record of volunteer involvement supporting children’s sports and arts activities in our community.
David Lametti is the Member of Parliament representing LaSalle-Émard-Verdun and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. He also served as Parliamentary Secretary, International Trade between December 2015 and January 2017.
Mr. Lametti was recently a Professor of Law at McGill University. He was Associate Dean (Academic) between 2008 and 2011. He is a Member of the Institute of Comparative Law, and was a founding Member of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy (CIPP); he served as its Director from 2009 to 2012. He obtained a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto in 1985, and received his Common and Civil law degrees from McGill in 1989. Mr. Lametti received an LL.M. from the Yale Law School in 1991, and a doctorate in law at Oxford University. From 1989-90, he was a clerk to Justice Peter Cory of the Supreme Court of Canada. He is an internationally-recognized expert in property and intellectual property, with numerous publications, and has taught or lectured in many of the world’s most well-known universities in French, English and Italian.
In 2010, Kevin Lamoureux, Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, was elected Member of Parliament for Winnipeg North. Born in Winnipeg, he attended high school in both Manitoba and Saskatchewan and in 1982, signed up for service with the Canadian Forces, where he served for three years. After leaving the military, Kevin attended the University of Winnipeg part time while working at the Bay and Caprice Distributors.
In 1988, he was elected for the first time to serve as Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Manitoba and was re-elected in 1990, 1995, 2003, and 2007.
During his time as MLA, Kevin championed such important issues as immigration, justice, labour, finance, education and housing. In his constituency office, he and his volunteers welcomed hundreds of people each month, in particular for assistance in navigating the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). In fact, Kevin was the first MLA to speak in the Legislature about establishing the PNP, which has to date welcomed so many new Canadians to Manitoba.
In 1983 he married Cathy and they had two children who are now 21 and 18 years old
Linda Lapointe is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Rivière-des-Mille-Îles since October 2015. , She is a Member of the Standing Committee on Official Languages and the Standing Committee on International Trade.
A woman of passion and intelligence, Linda was able to reconcile her role as a business professional and as a mother of four. Passionate about the food sector, Linda is the daughter of a well-known grocer in Boisbriand and held various positions in the family business from the time she was a teenager. In fact, she was Director of the business from 1988 to 1997, and took the reigns in 1997 until the business was sold in 2006.
Alongside her business management career, she was treasurer and board member for the Association des détaillants en alimentation du Québec (ADAQ) from 2002 to 2006. In 2013, Linda was inducted into the ADAQ Hall of fame.
In 2007, she was elected as the MNA for Groulx, for the Action démocratique du Québec. During her term, she was the vice-chair of the Committee on Public Finance and deputy whip of the Official Opposition. She was then a regional advisor for the Canadian Convenience Stores Association. She has been the president of the Regroupement des gens d’affaires de Boisbriand from 2009 to 2015, and the sales and rentals manager of District 23-EMD Construction for nearly two years.
Linda Lapointe has four children.
Stéphane Lauzon is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Argenteuil—La Petite-Nation since October, 2015. He is also Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Sports and Persons with Disabilities.
After working at Canadian International Paper in the 1980s, Stéphane Lauzon decided to return to school in 1992 to complete a teaching certificate and then worked in the field of vocational training for over 20 years. He became a City of Gatineau municipal councillor in November 2009. Recently, he managed construction projects at a company that he started himself, in addition to his duties as municipal councillor. These duties included sitting on the Capital Property and Budget Committee, the Standing Committee on Housing, and the Committee on Seniors.
In 2012 he became Chair of the Sports, Recreation and Community Life Committee and was Vice-Chair of the 2015 Jeux de la francophonie. He is currently working towards a Bachelor of Business Administration at Université du Québec en Outaouais.
Stéphane is the father of three children.
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc is the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. He was first elected to the House of Commons in November 2000 and re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015. He has served on the Special Committee on Non-Medical Use of Drugs and the Standing Committees on Fisheries and Oceans, Transport and Government Operations, National Defence and Veterans Affairs, 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. On July 10, 2004, Dominic 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. He has served as Opposition Critic for International Trade, Intergovernmental Affairs, Justice, Defence, and Foreign Affairs. Mr. LeBlanc received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Toronto (Trinity College), a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick, and a Masters of Law from Harvard Law School. 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 the University of Toronto (Trinity College). Prior to his election to the House of Commons, Mr. LeBlanc was a barrister and solicitor with Clark Drummie in Shediac and Moncton, New Brunswick. From 1993 to 1996, Mr. LeBlanc was 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.
The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier. Minister of National Revenue, As the former elected warden for the Regional County Municipality of Rocher Percé and owner of La Ferme du Petit Moulin, an outfitting operation, Diane Lebouthillier is profoundly familiar with the reality, strengths, and issues of Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine. Before entering politics, Diane spent more than 23 years working with the clients of the Rocher Percé Health and Social Services Centre. As part of the team working for the late Georges Mamelonet, who was Member of the National Assembly for the Gaspé, she worked on many social issues. In her community, Diane has not hesitated to give her time to a variety of organizations. She served on the Board of Governors of Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles, a general and vocational college, and chaired the boards of directors of Réseau collectif Gaspésie Les Îles and Transport adapté et collectif des Anses. Diane was 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 of 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.
Paul Lefebvre is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Sudbury, and is a Member of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, the Standing Committee on Official Languages and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.
An accomplished tax lawyer, business owner, and former Commissioner to the Human Rights Commission of Ontario, Paul is a resident of Northern Ontario with a passion for improving his community.
Since acquiring the local private French-language radio station, 98.9 FM (Le Loup), Paul has expanded its reach by establishing a new station in the Nipissing area. Le Loup includes satellite stations in Timmins, Hearst, Kapuskasing and Chapleau. As owner of the Francophone newspaper, Journal Le Voyageur, Paul has transformed the weekly publication into a regional newspaper, increasing circulation from 8,000 to 18,000.
A music enthusiast, Paul is the founder and Chair of the Jazz Sudbury Festival, the past chair of the Sudbury Community Foundation, past chair of the 2011 Canadian Francophone games, and past Vice-President of l’association de la presse francophone – the only Canadian network of newspapers for Francophone minority communities.
Paul taught international taxation at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa and has written many articles on the subject of taxation that have appeared in numerous publications, including Lawyer’s Weekly and the Canadian Tax Journal.
Paul is married to Dr. Lynne Giroux, a dermatologist, and together they have three young children.
Denis Lemieux is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Chicoutimi–Le Fjord since October 2015, and he is a Member of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources and the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying.
Denis is an experienced entrepreneur with a passion for flying. He was born in Chicoutimi and has lived his entire life in the Saguenay. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in General Engineering and has held a variety of positions in industrial companies in the region. In 2000, he launched his own high quality industrial equipment design and production company.
However, it is not just as a political figure that Denis expects to give back to his community. He is currently a caregiver for seniors and also serves as a mentor for young entrepreneurs. He also volunteers with engineering students at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) involved in the Formula SAE competition.
Denis Lemieux is a proud father of two children.
The Honourable Andrew Leslie is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Orléans and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada-U.S. Relations). He also previously served as Chief Government Whip.
To the retired Lieutenant-General, being in the service of fellow Canadians – both home and abroad – is second nature. Born into a multi-generational military family, Andrew has had a decorated 35-year career with the Canadian Armed Forces. During his career he participated in numerous major international missions – including missions in the former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan – and has served on home soil during the 1998 Quebec Ice Storm. His dedication has been recognized on numerous occasions; among his Canadian distinctions, he was appointed Commander of the Order of Military Merit in 2005 and was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross. Internationally, he was appointed a Commander of the U.S. Legion of Merit in 2003 and was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland in 2010.
Previously the senior vice-president of an information technology company, Andrew also worked as a strategic advisor and speaker. He is a member of the advisory committee of the Prince of Wales Charities in Canada and was previously Chair of the Board of Directors of the Royal Canadian Artillery Association and a board member of Opera Lyra.
Michael Levitt is the Member of Parliament for the riding of York Centre. Michael is the Chair of the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development and is a Member of a number of other committees. He currently serves as a partner and as Vice President of Business Development for the Benjamin Group, as well as President of Benjamin’s Landmark Monuments.
Over the years, Michael has demonstrated his passion and dedication to both his community and his country. He is a founding member of the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee, a multi-partisan organization dedicated to activating the grassroots Jewish community in the political process. Michael also sits on the board of directors for the Koffler Centre of the Arts and the Jewish National Fund, as well as the Board of Governors of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He is also a member of the Bathurst Manor Action Group and a number of other local community organizations.
A lifelong Liberal and dedicated volunteer, Michael has worked on campaigns federally, provincially, and municipally; he has served as a long-time campaign chair, community organizer, and party fundraiser.
Joël Lightbound was elected Member of Parliament for Louis-Hébert in 2015 and was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health in 2017. He also previously served as the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics
Born and raised in Sainte-Foy, Joël understands the issues and strengths of his community. He now works to serve the interests of his fellow citizens of Louis-Hébert on Parliament Hill.
Joël is a lawyer and a member of the Quebec Bar Association. Starting as an articling student with the Montréal firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Joël practiced law in the Quebec City area and specializes in immigration law.
Deeply involved in his community, Joël served as a board member of Champlain Regional College and La Baratte. He is the former President of the St. Lawrence College Student Association, the Vice-President of the Confédération des associations d’étudiants en droit civil and representative for Quebec at the Parlement francophone des jeunes in Libreville, Gabon.
Joël earned his Bachelor’s degrees in Civil Law and Common Law from McGill University, and represented the school in the Laskin National Moot Court Competition – for which his team won the best factum, best team, and second best pair of oralists awards. He pursued his Master's degree in Information Technology Law, specializing in Internet privacy.
Alaina Lockhart was elected in October, 2015 as a Liberal Member of Parliament in the riding of Fundy Royal, New Brunswick. She now also is a Member of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs, the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs, the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food.
Alaina Lockhart is a well-known member of the greater Sussex community. She has owned New Brunswick’s premier bridal boutique, Lockhart’s Weddings and Special Occasions Inc., since 2004, and received the Chamber of Commerce Woman Entrepreneur Award in 2010. Alaina also served as a municipal councillor for the Village of Norton between 2004 and 2008. As a result of her political experience, Alaina understands the necessity of close partnerships between all levels of government to move community projects forward.
Alaina is the former Chair and Logistics Coordinator for the Sussex Relay for Life which raised over $80,000 in 2014. She also served for four years as the Director of the Royal District Planning Commission, as well as a year-long term as the Director of the Enterprise Fundy Board.
Alaina holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resource Management from the University of New Brunswick Saint John. Her undergraduate studies took her to Ukraine, Russia, and Australia. Following her graduation from university, Alaina worked in the field of strategic human resource management. Alaina currently lives in the Fundy Royal region with her husband, Rick, and their youngest daughter, Lauren.
Wayne Long is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Saint John-Rothesay, and is a Member of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities and the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics.
Wayne is a well-respected member of the Saint John community with a wealth of national and international business experience. Wayne currently serves as President of the Saint John Sea Dogs, and his efforts have helped turn the team into one of Canada’s most successful CHL hockey franchises winning the cherished Memorial Cup in 2011. That same year, Wayne was recognized with the John Horman Trophy, awarded to the Top Executive in the QMJHL.
Prior to his work with the Sea Dogs, Wayne was President of Scotiaview Seafood Inc. He was also a successful large-scale product manager with Stolt Sea Farm Inc. Wayne’s work has seen him travel across North America, negotiating contracts with national restaurant distributors, restaurant chains, and retail chains. He earned the North American Excellence in Sales and Marketing award, not once, but twice. Wayne is a former Board Member for Destination Marketing and Salmon Marketing.
Wayne was born in the riding, has lived in the riding 44 years, and currently calls the area home alongside his wife, Denise, and their two children, Khristian and Konnor.
Lloyd Longfield is the Member of Parliament for Guelph, and is a member of the Standing Committee on Innovation, Science and Technology, as well as the Standing Committee on Agriculture. Lloyd is also a part of the Automotive Caucus, and was also elected to be secretary of the Ontario Liberal Caucus and Chair of the Innovation and Post-Secondary Education Caucus.
Prior to being elected to Parliament, Lloyd led a successful career in hydraulic and pneumatic machine automation. In 1986 Lloyd started his own company, and was later recruited into board of director and management positions in major multinational corporations.
More recently, Lloyd turned his focus to community benefit organizations. In 2008 he became President & CAO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. During his tenure at the Chamber, Lloyd led a number of significant initiatives, including the recruitment of physicians; rebuilding Immigrant Services – Guelph Wellington; and collaborating with the City of Guelph in the launch of Prosperity 2020. Lloyd also played a vital role in the establishment of Innovation Guelph, which is now a stand-alone community benefit organization that has brought in over $12 million of new investment into Guelph.
Karen Ludwig is the Member of Parliament for the riding of New Brunswick Southwest. Karen is a Member of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on International Trade, the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women, the Standing Committee on the Status of Women and the Standing Committee on International Trade.
A career educator, Karen Ludwig is ready and able to serve the voters of New Brunswick Southwest. Karen has the qualities and demonstrated ability to be the strong voice that New Brunswick Southwest deserves. Karen can speak to the region’s needs, diversity and strengths.
Karen has extensive experience as an educator with strong expertise in communicating ideas in a clear and concise manner. As a small business owner with her husband, and as a complement to her international work as a Certificate International Trade Professional (CITP) and a current member of the St. Andrews Chamber of Commerce, Karen understands New Brunswick’s and Canada’s place in the world and what it takes to make a successful business.
International/Federal/Provincial negotiations, so important in this area, will benefit from Karen’s demonstrated consensus building skills. As a long-distance runner, Karen well knows the value of physical fitness and the value of a healthy New Brunswick, and understands the hard work, dedication and long hours involved in being a successful Member of Parliament.
The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament for Cardigan, was first elected to the House of Commons on November 21, 1988, to represent Cardigan in eastern Prince Edward Island, and won his ninth consecutive election in October 2015. 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 served as Critic for Fisheries and Oceans and Seniors. In addition, he was 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. Mr. MacAulay was previously a farmer and businessman. He and Frances Elaine O'Connell were married in 1972. They have three daughters: Carolyn, Rita and Lynn.
Steve MacKinnon was elected as the Member of Parliament for Gatineau in October, 2015 and has served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement since January, 2017.
Steve was a Senior Vice President at Hill + Knowlton Strategies, a communications and public affairs firm, where he was the national practice leader in specialized transactions related to mergers and acquisitions.
Steve also has extensive professional experience in the political arena. He was an advisor to Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and New Brunswick Premier Frank McKenna. He was also the National Director of the Liberal Party of Canada and the Returning Officer for the Liberal Leadership in 2013. He is regularly invited to various national media forums as a political commentator. Steve is a contributor to charitable works to benefit literacy.
Steve is proficient in both of Canada’s official languages and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Université de Moncton and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Queen’s University. He has also completed the Canadian Securities Course (CSC).
Steve and his wife, Janelle, live in Gatineau with their three children.
James Maloney is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore. Peter is the Chair of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources and the Standing Committee on Natural Resources, and is a Member of numerous other committees.
A successful civil trial lawyer and partner at Hughes Amys LLP, James has lived and worked in Etobicoke for nearly forty years.
James started in public office in 2014, when Toronto City Council appointed him Councillor of Ward 5 until the municipal elections could be held in October. He will continue to represent his community and deliver results. Actively engaged in his community, James is the former President of the Toronto Lawyers Club and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the local Franklin Horner Community Centre and the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto – a non-profit organization that works with community partners throughout Toronto to support children and families.
James earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bishop’s University, and his Law degrees from the University of Windsor and the University of Wales in Cardiff, Wales, UK. He is also the proud recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Rémi ran as a federal Liberal candidate in the riding of Avignon–La Mitis–Matane–Matapédia, and was elected as a Member of Parliament on October, 2015. He now serve as a Member on the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs, and on the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics.
A native of Rivière-du-Loup, Rémi Massé was the Executive Director of Cégep de Matane. He previously spent 16 years as a manager and executive in various federal government departments in Ottawa and Matane. Rémi has built strong business relationships with representatives at the provincial, federal and international levels. These relationships, combined with his experience, knowledge, and skills have resulted in numerous regional improvement initiatives and a strong belief in this region’s potential. His hard work has attracted investments, created good jobs, built more affordable housing, and helped establish the largest document imaging centre in eastern Canada. Rémi used to be the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Digital Imagery Research and Development Centre, serves on the board of the Wind Energy TechnoCentre, and helped develop the fundraising campaign for the Fondation du Cégep de Matane. Rémi earned his Bachelor of Arts in French Studies and his Graduate degree in Linguistics from Université de Sherbrooke.
He and his wife Helen are the proud parents of four young sons.
Bryan May is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Cambridge and is Chair of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development, and Status of Persons with Disabilities. Deeply entrenched in community activism, Bryan has a long track record of facilitating positive development with those who need it most. It is this unwavering dedication to helping others which motivates Bryan, making him a strong representative for the riding of Cambridge.
His senior management experience spans roles with non-profit organizations including the YMCA , the Boys and Girls Club of Canada, and the University of Waterloo. Bryan served on the committee for the Oxford Active Living/Youth Action Plan, was a member of the Y Service Club, and was the Executive Treasurer of the Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries— an organization focused on collecting, analyzing, and openly sharing data to strengthen community with the goal of eliminating poverty.
Bryan’s volunteerism in Cambridge includes coaching baseball as well as being a long-time member of numerous charitable organizations. Bryan earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo and currently lives in the riding with his wife Kristin and two children.
Karen McCrimmon is the Member of Parliament for Kanata—Carleton and also serves as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport.
A Canadian Forces pioneer, Karen honed her leadership and team-building abilities in the service of her country first joining as a reservist. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Windsor, Karen transferred to the Regular Forces where she quickly rose through the ranks. In 1981, she became an air navigator—the first woman to earn the qualification. In 1998 Karen was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel and appointed Commanding Officer of 429 Transport Squadron in Trenton, becoming the first woman to command a Canadian Forces flying squadron.
After retiring from the Canadian Forces in 2006, Karen started her own business offering mediation services to both public and private institutions. She has been an active member of the Canadian Federation of University Women, the Royal Canadian Legion, and Canadian Women in Aviation – an organization focused on encouraging more women to become involved in the aviation industry.
Karen believes that our success as a nation has—and will continue to be—achieved through mutual respect, co-operation and dialogue. She currently lives in Kanata-Carleton with her husband.
Ken McDonald is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Avalon and a member of the standing committee on Fisheries and Oceans. A two-term councilor and former Mayor of Conception Bay South, Ken McDonald is and lifelong resident of Avalon who understands the importance of public service.
As mayor of the second largest municipality in the province, Ken has demonstrated his ability to deliver results for his community. Under Ken’s leadership, Conception Bay South invested in vital new infrastructure which has helped spur the town’s growth, making it one of the fastest growing municipalities in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Before seeking public office, Ken owned and operated his own home appliance repair business after earning his Diploma in Accounting from the College of the North Atlantic. An active member of his community, he has volunteered with his local church parishes and the Lions Club for many years.
In his free time, Ken enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, hiking, hunting, and fishing with his family.
David McGuinty is the Member of Parliament for Ottawa South since 2004.
David McGuinty is a fluently bilingual lawyer by trade; he has worked with governments, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations around the world. David is a graduate of the University of Guelph Kemptville College of Agriculture, completed his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Bachelor of Laws at the University of Ottawa, specialized diplomas in Civil and Comparative Law at Sherbrooke University, and a Master of Laws at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a Harvard certified mediator and negotiator.
David has served with the United Nations in West Africa, practiced international law in London, worked with the International Development Law Organization in Rome, and was President and CEO of Canada’s National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy.
Since his election in 2004, David has served as Liberal Critic for Science and Technology, Official Opposition Critic for Energy and the Environment, Vice Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, Chair of the National Capital Region Liberal Caucus, Opposition House Leader, and Acting Liberal Whip.
Re-elected in 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015, David currently serves on a number of Parliamentary Associations and Interparliamentary groups.
The Honourable John McKay serves as the Member of Parliament for Scarborough—Guildwood. He was re-elected in October 2015 to serve his seventh term in the House of Commons after having first been elected in 1997.
Throughout his long record of public service, John has served in numerous key roles in government and opposition. He has served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance from 2003 to 2006 and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence from 2015 to 2017. He has served as Chair of the Ontario Liberal Caucus, Chair of the Canada-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group, Chair of the Canada-Caribbean Parliamentary Friendship Group and Chair of the Standing Committee on Government Operations. Between 2006 and 2015, John was the Official Opposition Critic for Small Business and Tourism, Official Opposition Critic for Crown Corporations, Liberal Party Critic for the Environment and Liberal Party Critic for Defense.
Prior to his parliamentary career, as a practicing lawyer John McKay was president of the Durham Law Association and executive member of the County and District Law Presidents’ Association. He is the recipient of the UTSC Alumnus of the Year Award 2000, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, and the University of Toronto Arbor Award.
Born and raised in Scarborough, John and his wife, Carolyn, have five children and three grandchildren.
The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, was the 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 practised law at leading firms in both Canada and Indonesia, focusing on international trade, competition, investment and constitutional issues. She was senior counsel on the Right Honourable Antonio Lamer’s review of Canada’s military justice system. She was also a legal advisor on treaty negotiations with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in East Timor. She taught at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and was 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.
Ron McKinnon is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam and is a Member of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. A long-time political blogger and regular campaign volunteer, Ron has been active in politics for many years – including as a Liberal candidate for the 2008 federal election and for Port Coquitlam City Council in 2011 – and is again bringing that experience to the national level.
Passionate about promoting and protecting human rights, both at home and abroad, Ron has been an active member in the local chapter of Amnesty International for many years. Ron is also keenly interested in his community’s cultural scene, and currently serves as Director and Vice President of the Evergreen Cultural Centre Society – a community arts and cultural activities promoter responsible for operating the Evergreen Cultural Centre.
As a successful business owner and computer systems analyst, Ron provides Document Management systems consulting and development services to major firms in Canada, the US, and overseas. In the 1970s, he also worked as a meteorological technician for Environment Canada’s Atmospheric Environment Service.
Ron has a Bachelor of Science from University of Alberta, and a diploma in Computer Technology from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Michael McLeod is the Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories and sits on the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs and Standing Committee on Natural Resources.
Born and raised in Fort Providence, he served Northwest Territories residents as a member of the Legislative Assembly from 1999-2011, and now advises clients in the tourism industry as Tourism Development Officer for the government of the Northwest Territories. Prior to this, Michael served as Mayor of Fort Providence, president of his Métis Local, and vice-president of Deh Cho Regional Council. He began his career as a self-employed contractor, and understands the needs of small business owners and their families.
A Major Corporal with the Canadian Junior Rangers, Michael has been an active and dedicated member of his community. He is a member of the Northwest Territories Tourism, NWT Public Utilities, and Mackenzie Valley Environment Impact Review Boards – whose mission is to conduct fair and timely environmental impact assessments in the Mackenzie Valley that protect the environment, social, economic, and cultural well-being of its residents.
Michael earned his diploma in Management Studies from Arctic College, and enjoys spending his free time outdoors going hunting and fishing. Michael comes from a family dedicated to public service – his brother currently serves as the Premier of the Northwest Territories.
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Alexandra Mendès is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Brossard–Saint-Lambert since October, 2015. Alexandra is the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, a Member of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, and a Member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.
Alexandra has been deeply involved in politics for a number of years. She was the past president of the Liberal Party of Canada (Quebec) and began her political career as a constituency assistant. She then served as the Member of Parliament for Brossard—La Prairie from 2008 to 2011. Alexandra has also served as president of the Brossard—La Prairie Federal Liberal Association and therefore knows the riding exceptionally well.
Before entering politics, Alexandra worked at Maison internationale Rive-Sud (MIRS), a community organization that offers rescue and support services to immigrants and refugees. She started out as assistant director and coordinator of the organization and then later became executive director and helped MIRS regain its financial stability.
Marco Mendicino is the Member of Parliament for Eglinton—Lawrence and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.
A lawyer and family man with deep roots in Eglinton—Lawrence, Marco has dedicated his career to keeping our communities safe. As a federal prosecutor for nearly a decade, he fought against organized crime and terrorism. Marco was also the president of a national association representing nearly 3,000 federal prosecutors and Government of Canada lawyers. While in this position, he testified before the House of Commons and Senate to advocate for better laws and access to justice.
An avid community organizer, Marco is committed to improving education and has worked on local school initiatives, like rolling out lunch programs for full-day kindergarten and improving outdoor facilities. He dedicates his time to the John Wanless Childcare Centre, North Toronto Soccer Club and COSTI Immigration Services – an organization that helps immigrants acquire the educational, social and economic skills they need on arriving in Canada.
Marco runs his own law practice, focusing on regulatory, and labour and employment matters. He is adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, a small business owner and soccer coach to his daughters’ teams. Marco and his wife Diana are long-time residents of Eglinton—Lawrence, raising their two daughters in the riding.
The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk was elected the Member of Parliament for the riding of Kildonan-St. Paul in 2015. She previously served as Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour between 2015 and early 2017.
MaryAnn is a geoscientist and former member of the Manitoba Legislature who possesses a significant amount of both legislative and industry-related experience. Elected as a member of Manitoba’s 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 Women in Mining Canada as well as Women in Mining Manitoba, and was president of the latter. 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 Canada 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.
Marc Miller was elected as the Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Sœurs in October, 2015, and has served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities since January, 2017.
Marc grew up in Montreal and graduated from McGill University in Common Law and Civil Law. He practiced mergers and acquisitions at Stikeman Elliott, with a focus on international and commercial law, having also worked in both Stockholm and New York City.
Marc has been involved in several charitable and pro bono legal initiatives and served in the Canadian Armed Forces as an infantry section commander. Marc has also authored articles on constitutional and human rights law. Marc holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Université de Montréal.
The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, was first elected in 2015 as Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha. Shortly after her election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Maryam as Minister of Democratic Institutions, a role in which she served until early 2017. She is a dedicated community organizer, former Peterborough mayoral candidate, and 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 was the Vice-President of the YWCA of Peterborough and Haliburton Board of Directors, and a former director of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group, and of the New Canadians Centre—a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting immigrants, refugees, and other newcomers in the Peterborough and Northumberland regions. Maryam was the co-founder of the Red Pashmina Campaign, a grassroots initiative she started while at Trent University, which to date has successfully raised over $150,000 to help support women in Afghanistan. Maryam has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Trent University, and speaks English, Farsi, and Dari.
The Honourable William Francis Morneau, Minister of Finance, is an accomplished business leader who has been an active volunteer in Toronto Centre for more than 20 years.
When consulting and outsourcing company Morneau Shepell was founded, it employed 200 people. After Bill assumed leadership of the family business in 1990, the company expanded to providing meaningful and stable work for over 3,300 families across Canada.
Bill studied retirement issues as a member of the Government of Ontario’s Pension Advisory Council and, in 2012, he was appointed as Pension Investment Advisor to Ontario’s Minister of Finance.
Bill’s community service in Toronto Centre is extensive. He has worked 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 Foundation, and sat on the boards of The Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, and The Learning Partnership. In addition he has been chair of the board of Covenant House and the C.D. Howe Institute.
Internationally, Bill founded a special school for Somali and Sudanese youth in an African refugee camp.
In 2002, Bill was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. He has co-authored a book, The Real Retirement, and has authored numerous articles on public policy issues. Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts from Western University, a Masters of Science from the London School of Economics and an MBA from INSEAD.
Robert Morrissey is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Egmont, and a Member of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.
First elected to the Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly in 1982, Robert has dedicated his career and volunteer life to serving Canadians and the residents of PEI.
Having served as MLA for nearly 20 years, Robert has a deep understanding of his communities’ needs. He has held a number of high-profile roles within the Assembly, such as Minister of
Transportation and Public Works, Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, and Opposition House Leader. He was also responsible for the redevelopment of the Canadian Forces Base Summerside and the surrounding community following its closure by the federal government in 1989. Robert left politics in 2000 to join the private sector as a consultant specializing in government relations, fisheries, and the labour market. He is currently President of Global Food Technologies, President of PFI Group and a Director of Royal Investment Co-operative.
Robert has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of PEI. He was the founding member, and former president of the Tignish Seniors Home Care Co-op, and is Vice-Chair of Tignish Special Needs Housing.
Joyce Murray, Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board, was first elected to Parliament in 2008. She served on the standing committees of Trade, Health, Fisheries and Oceans, Environment and Sustainable Development, and most recently, Defence.
Her private members bills and motions included a crude oil tanker traffic ban on British Columbia’s North Coast, and increasing the accountability and transparency of Canada’s security agencies.
Before entering federal politics, Joyce was elected to British Columbia’s Legislative Assembly, where she served as a cabinet minister in the Liberal government from 2001 to 2005. Her political career followed 25 years spent building an international reforestation company she co-founded that has planted over one billion trees. Her interest in environmental sustainablity was expressed in her master’s thesis on global warming, which contributed to her receiving the Simon Fraser University Dean's Convocation Medal for top MBA graduate of 1992.
Joyce has three adult children and lives in Vancouver Quadra with her husband, Dirk.
Eva Nassif is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Vimy since October, 2015. She is a Member of the Special Committee on Pay Equity, a Member of the the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament, and a Member of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women.
Eva, a native of Lebanon, has been living in Laval with her husband and triplets for over 20 years. Known for her passion and her dedication, she is actively involved in many charitable organizations in her community. Eva was also a member of the Laval Women’s Centre and of the Femmes, Politique et Démocratie group. From 2009 to 2015, she served on the board of directors of Diapason-Jeunesse, a non-profit organization committed to discouraging students from dropping out of school. In addition, she has been a member of Laval’s paratransit association (the Association lavalloise du transport adapté) and of Laval’s board of trade and industry. She was also an Advisor and Co-Chair of the Concordia University Graduate Students Association in Translation.
As a nursing sciences graduate in Lebanon, Eva practised in her native country for eight years. After coming to Canada, she earned a B.A. with a specialty in translation and a master’s degree in translation studies, having written a one-of-a-kind unique master’s thesis. Eva, a tireless worker, is a certified translator and terminologist. She has also worked as a teacher for the Laval School Board.
Eva has a keen interest in politics and has been active at the grassroots level for many years to devote her passion to defending the interests of all citizens of the Vimy riding on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
The Honourable Robert Nault is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Kenora. Bob is the Chair of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, and is a Member of numerous other committees.
Bob was Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development from 1999-2003, spent over 16 years as the Member of Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River, and is a former Kenora City Councillor. It is Bob’s experience, hard work, and tenacity, which makes him a strong representative for the riding of Kenora.
Bob’s talent for organizing and negotiation have earmarked his career and helped him get elected as Chairman of the United Transportation Union Local 431, and later as Vice-General Chairman of CP Lines West. While in Cabinet, Bob increased federal investment in First Nations economic development from $25 million to over $125 million. He remains committed to improving the lives of First Nations in Canada.
Between 2003 and 2015, Nault started his own business advising First Nations, high tech companies, and public sector organizations across the country on issues of governance, energy, and government relations.
Bob and his wife Lana are the proud parents of two children.
Mary Ng is a devoted community leader who has always believed in the power of public service, with 20 years of experience in the areas of education, women’s leadership, job creation, and entrepreneurship.
Mary is committed to working with Justin Trudeau to grow and strengthen our middle class, and she understands what it takes to create new well-paying jobs for families in Markham–Thornhill.
Mary immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong with her family, and grew up learning the struggle and eventual success that many new immigrants face on Canadian soil.
Her years working for the Ontario Public Service, Ryerson University, and the Ontario Minister of Education led her to be recognized as one of Canada’s top-performing public sector leaders, before being recruited to serve as Director of Appointments for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Markham–Thornhill needs a trusted champion for middle class families, and Mary Ng will never stop working hard to be an effective representative in Parliament for our diverse and dynamic community.
As a former three-term City and Regional Councillor in the City of Pickering, Jennifer has played an active role on several boards and committees, having held the positions of Deputy Mayor for Pickering and member of the Durham Region Finance and Administration Committee. She previously spent 4 years as the Chair of the Waterfront Committee and Vice-Chair of the Sustainable Pickering Committee.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor Degree specializing in Political Science. Through her work as a junior legal assistant and volunteering at a successful labour law firm, she found her passion for giving a voice to those in need. She learned early on how to channel her passion into real and tangible results, and was soon the youngest elected politician in her municipal ward.
Jennifer was first elected Member of Parliament in 2015. While working with constituents, Jennifer is attentive to their specific needs. She takes into consideration not only her own concerns and objectives, but also those of everyone interested, working together towards improving our community one step at a time.
The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, was elected as a Liberal Member of Parliament on October, 2015.
Seamus spent almost a decade as the host of Canada AM on CTV where he developed a deep appreciation for the country’s strengths and its unique place in the world. As a journalist, he traveled the globe, from Antarctica to Afghanistan, interviewing leaders and newsmakers about the most critical issues of the day. Earlier in his career, Seamus worked as senior policy advisor to former Newfoundland and Labrador premier Brian Tobin. He also worked as executive assistant to former provincial Justice Minister Ed Roberts.
Seamus holds a Master of Philosophy Degree from the University of Cambridge. He has studied politics at St. Francis Xavier University and University College, Dublin, and business studies at INSEAD in Paris.
He was a National Ambassador for Bell’s Let’s Talk campaign, working diligently to remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
Rob Oliphant is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Don Valley West, and he Chairs, Co-Chairs and is a Member of a number of committees.
Rob is the former President and CEO of the Asthma Society of Canada, a national health charity and patient organization. He is a community leader with a long history of advocating for poverty reduction, affordable housing, at-risk youth, and seniors’ economic security. Much of this advocacy has been through his work as an Ordained Minister of the United Church of Canada, an organization he has served and represented in several provinces and territories across Canada, including almost ten years as a Senior Minister at Eglinton St. George’s United Church in Toronto.
Rob is a founding member of Affirm Canada, an organization that has advocated on behalf of members of the LGBTTQ community since 1982. He was also the founding chairperson of Neighbourhood Interfaith Group, which seeks to promote Christian-Jewish-Muslim dialogue. Currently, Rob is the President of the Global Allergy and Asthma Patient Platform and serves on the Governing Council of the Health Charities Coalition of Canada. In 2013, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to Canada.
From 2008 to 2011, Rob was the Member of Parliament for Don Valley West, and served as the Opposition Critic for Veterans Affairs and Multiculturalism. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto, a Master of Divinity from the Vancouver School of Theology at the University of British Columbia, and a Doctor of Ministry from the Chicago Theological Seminary at the University of Chicago.
John Oliver is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Oakville, and is a Member of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Health and the Standing Committee on Health.
John is the former President and CEO of Halton Healthcare Services and led the recent $2.7B infrastructure project for the new Oakville Hospital, which opens in 2015. He lent his considerable healthcare expertise as Assistant Deputy Minister to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. John currently sits as Chair of the Partnerships for Health System Improvement Review Panel of the Canadian Institute of Health Research, and he serves as Pension Observer of the Hospitals of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) Board.
Part of John’s desire to enter federal politics stems from his passion for our universal health care system and the principles of the Canada Health Act, and the failure of the current government to renew the Federal/Provincial Health Accord. John also believes in finding a sustainable balance between economic development and environmental protection, addressing issues relating to social equality, and restoring open and transparent democratic practices.
John has lived in Oakville for 19 years with his wife Joanna and his children Rachel, Alex and William. John is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (FCPA), and he holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University and a Master’s degree in Health Sciences Administration from the University of Toronto. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for service to Canada.
After earning much respect and admiration during his 2014 Winnipeg mayoral campaign, Robert-Falcon Ouellette is ready to bring real change to his community as the Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of Winnipeg Centre.
Coming from Red Pheasant First Nation in Saskatchewan and raised in Calgary, Robert-Falcon moved to Winnipeg in 2010 and quickly earned a reputation as a diligent community advocate working to bridge racial and economic divides. Previous to being elected, Robert-Falcon was a Program Director for the Aboriginal Focus Programs at the University of Manitoba, where he was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funded researcher on education and Métis issues of identity. He is passionate about addressing and solving inner-city issues, city planning, and transit.
Robert-Falcon spent 19 years with the Canadian Armed Forces, retiring from full-time service as Petty Officer 2nd class with the appointment of Sergeant at Arms in 5th Field Ambulance in Valcartier, Quebec. He also has worked as a professional musician with La Fanfarniente della Strada Gypsy Band in Quebec City. Robert-Falcon holds a PhD from Université Laval where he published his thesis, “Evaluating Aboriginal Curricula Using a Cree-Métis Perspective With a Regard Towards Indigenous Knowledge.”
Denis Paradis is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Brome–Missisquoi, but he was first elected as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Brome–Missisquoi in a 1995 by election. Denis is the Chair of the Standing Committee on Official Languages, and he is a Member of the Liaison Committee.
During his 11 years as MP, he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation, the Minister responsible for La Francophonie and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was also Secretary of State for Latin America, Africa and La Francophonie, Minister of State for Financial Institutions and sat on several parliamentary committees. Since 2006, Denis has worked as counsel with Dunton Rainville. He also owns Domaine du Ridge, a vineyard in St Armand, and is on the Board of Directors of the Conférence Internationale des Barreaux.
Before entering politics, Denis practised law in the Bedford area, serving as President of the Association des avocats du Québec and Bâtonnier of the Barreau du Québec. He initiated the partnering of the Bedford and Vermont bar associations and co authored Règles de procédure devant les tribunaux administratifs, a book published in 1985.
The hard work done by Denis was rewarded in 2005 when he received the title of Commandeur de l’Ordre de la Pléiade. He was also awarded the honourary distinction of Lawyer Emeritus (Ad.E.) by the Barreau du Québec in 2009. Denis has a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Ottawa.
Joe Peschisolido is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Steveston-Richmond East, and a Member of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food. Joe is the former Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs at the Canadian head office for Bing Han Enterprises – a multi-national company headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan – and the founder of his own business and immigration law firm, Peschisolido & Company, where he specializes in corporate, commercial, real estate and immigration law.
First elected as Member of Parliament for Richmond in the 2000 general election, Joe served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and to the President of the Privy Council. He also served as Vice-Chair for the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, and was a member of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans; Citizenship and Immigration; and Finance.
A philanthropist and legal volunteer in both the Richmond and Steveston communities, Joe is actively involved in several environmental, animal, and civil rights causes. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto and his Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. Joe is fluent in English, French, and Italian.
Kyle Peterson is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Newmarket-Aurora, and is a Member of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on International Trade and the Standing Committee on International Trade.
Kyle is a partner at the Toronto law firm Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP where he specializes in commercial litigation and advocacy. He also has experience as an executive and an entrepreneur. Kyle currently serves as a Director of the United Way of York Region and as the Chair of the Aurora—Newmarket Family Health Team. Kyle is also a member of the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce and served on the Newmarket Economic Advisory Committee.
Kyle has been a longtime supporter of the Liberal Party of Canada, serving as the riding association President for the Newmarket—Aurora Federal Liberal Association and standing as the local Liberal candidate in the 2011 federal election. He is passionate about his community and about Canada.
Kyle grew up in the riding, and currently calls the area home with his wife, Andrea, and their two young sons. Kyle holds a B.A. from Western University, an M.A. from the University of Toronto, a J.D. from Dalhousie University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas-Taylor, Minister of Health, was elected as the Member of Parliament for Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe in 2015.
Ginette was the former Chair of the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women and a member of the Coalition for Pay Equity. She battled for social issues, has volunteered with several community organizations, both provincially and locally, including the Coalition Against Abuse in Relationships and the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Suicide Prevention Committee in Moncton.
Ginette was the Codiac RCMP Victim Services Coordinator, where she provided crisis counselling, domestic violence intervention, and domestic violence risk assessment to victims of crime. She also served on the City of Moncton's Public Safety Advisory Committee, which was commissioned by Moncton City Council in 1996, to proactively influence the community through crime prevention promotion and to help Council respond to problematic issues as they arise.
Ginette grew up in Dieppe and graduated from l’Université de Moncton with a degree in social work.
The Honourable Dr. Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, is a family physician and was the Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital. She was also 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 practised 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 served as co-curator of TEDxStouffville, a video and speakers series, and was 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.
Michel Picard was elected as the Member of Parliament for Montarville in October 2015. He served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development from 2015 to 2017.
Michel has over 20 years of experience in the security sector, and has written two books on the topic of financial crime and corruption: “La Commission Charbonneau - Les aveux d'un système corrompu” (2015) and “Faites-moi confiance ! - Autopsie des crimes financier”s (2011). Throughout his career, Michel has worked with both private and public employers, notably with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Integrated Market Enforcement Team. Prior to politics, he created and directed a Master’s level course on combating financial crime in the management faculty of Université de Sherbrooke’s Longueuil campus.
An international public speaker, Michel is recognized by Quebec’s media for his expertise in the area of financial crime. In this capacity, he was a guest analyst with RDI Matin Week-end, where he commented on the testimonies heard at the Charbonneau Commission.
Michel Picard holds both a Master’s degree and a PhD. in Political Science from l’Université de Paris X, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Management from Université Laval.
Jean-Claude Poissant is Member of Parliament for the new riding of La Prairie since October, 2015. He is appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
Mr. Poissant was previously a dairy and grain farmer in Saint-Philippe, Québec. Spouse of Francine Gingras and father of two children, he is very proud to see the fifth generation of Poissant taking over the family farm. He is well known as a very active member of his community, as a former municipal councillor and the Director of the Maison des jeunes de Saint- Philippe, to name a few of his roles.
Jean-Claude cares deeply about the interests of farmers. Over the years, he has made a point of educating people of all ages on the importance of agriculture in daily life. He is working on balancing community economic development with the protection of farmland and the environment.
Mr. Poissant has served as a producer-ambassador for the Fédération des producteurs de lait du Québec, and was involved for more than 20 years with different bodies of the Union des producteurs agricoles. He was the driving force behind the Guide du bon voisinage en milieu rural, and was also the director of the Société d’agriculture de La Prairie and the Coopérative Internet Saint-Mathieu. Jean-Claude is particularly proud, as former president of Au cœur des familles agricoles, of having been heavily involved in creating Quebec’s first respite centre for farmers and facilitating the transfer of many non-apparanted young farmers.
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, is a successful lawyer, dedicated volunteer, and Paralympic swimmer, Carla Qualtrough’s commitment to addressing inequality and championing diversity makes her a strong advocate for Delta. Committed to equity and inclusion, Carla has practised human rights law at the federal and provincial levels. She chaired the Minister’s Council on Employment and Accessibility in British Columbia, and was an adjudicator with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal. Carla has been visually impaired since birth. Passionate about the power of sport and physical activity to change lives, Carla has volunteered locally, nationally, and internationally, including with the International Paralympic Committee and for 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 was on the Board of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, and was 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 Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Yasmin Ratansi is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Don Valley East. She is the Vice-Chair and Member of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates, a Member of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates. She is also Chair of the Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and Director of the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association.
Yasmin represented the riding of Don Valley East as Member of Parliament from 2004 to 2011. She served her constituents both effectively and efficiently, while holding a number of executive positions and chairing a number of high-profile committees. As Deputy Whip of the Liberal Caucus, she exhibited extensive leadership skills among her fellow MPs and proved herself as an excellent negotiator. Yasmin also served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Government Operations, and as Chair of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women.
Born in Dar Es Salaam, Yasmin is proud to have lived and worked in Don Valley East since 1974. She is a grassroots oriented leader who is passionate about civic engagement and social justice. Yasmin is an engaged social activist in the community, helping her constituents to navigate immigration procedures, and assisting individuals and businesses deal with a variety of tax related issues. She is also a sought-after public speaker and both the Principal and Founder of Ethical Edge.
The Honourable Geoff Regan is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Halifax West.
First elected in 1993, Geoff has worked tirelessly to advance citizen-based initiatives such as education, environmental protection, health promotion, retirement security, the Community Access Program and home retrofit program. He is committed to promoting public engagement and has held over 100 town hall meetings.
Geoff was Minister of Fisheries and Oceans from 2003-06 and served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Government House Leader from 2001-03. As regional minister for Nova Scotia, Geoff was fully engaged in negotiating the 2005 Offshore Accord and signed the historic agreement on behalf of the federal government.
Before entering public life, Geoff practiced law and was an active community volunteer. He is a former president of the Bedford Board of Trade and a former chair of the Metro Food Bank and Beacon House.
Geoff is married to the Honourable Kelly Regan, MLA, Nova Scotia's Minister of Community Services and the Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women.
On December 3rd, 2015, Geoff was elected by his colleagues to serve as Speaker of the House of Commons for the 42nd Parliament – the first Atlantic Canadian to serve as Speaker in almost a century.
Jean Rioux was elected as the Member of Parliament for Saint-Jean in October, 2015, and has served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence since January, 2017.
Jean has a Bachelor’s degree in History and certificates in Education and Political Science and he was a teacher for many years.
Jean jumped into politics in the early 1990s, first as a municipal councillor and then as the Mayor of Iberville. He was also the acting reeve of the Regional County Municipality (RCM) of Haut-Richelieu and a municipal councillor on the interim municipal council of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Elected as the Member of the National Assembly for the provincial riding of Iberville in 2003, he worked as a Parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, as well as to the Minister of Labour. Following a defeat in the 2007 election, he accepted a position as an administrative judge at the Commission municipale du Québec.
In addition to his political achievements, Jean has been highly involved in the community. For example, he was the driving force behind the Symposium d’arts d’Iberville, Chairman of the Board of the Caisse populaire d’Iberville, Vice-President of the Centre d’aide aux entreprises in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Treasurer of the Festival de montgolfières du Haut-Richelieu (now the International Balloon Festival of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu) and President of the Centre industriel et technologique du Haut-Richelieu. He has received the Award of Excellence (Training) from the Chamber of Commerce as well as the Termaco Scholarship.
Born in Verdun in 1942, Yves Robillard arrived in Laval in the Ste-Rose district in the mid-1950s. He spent most of his life there.
Yves Robillard is a former Commander in Squadron 21 (Royal Canadian Air Force Air Reserve), Air Force Major and Chief of Personnel for the Air Cadet Camps at Bagotville Military Base, with a University degree in Pedagogy, Human Relations and a diploma in recreation. He has had an inspiring career over four decades as a secondary school teacher, as well as acting briefly as Recreation Director at the Rivière-des-Mille-Îles School Board in the 1970s. In addition to his academic career, Yves Robillard emerged as a key player in the political world. First, as Chief of Staff to the President of the National Assembly of Quebec, and then as Principal Secretary to the Leader of the Official Opposition in the National Assembly of Quebec, before returning to his home in Laval where he served as an administrative assistant to Mayor Lucien Paiement. He has had a diverse, rich and thriving career that eventually led him to the Far North in Kujjuaq, Quebec, and Akulavik, Nunavut, where he inspired the academic paths of many young students.
As an active citizen in his community, Yves became involved from a very early age in various political and community organizations. As a staff member, as a volunteer and as president of the Riding Association, he has always distinguished himself by his flair and dedication. Founder of the Young Ste-Rose Chamber of Commerce and the Optimist Club Vimont-Auteuil, his relational skills have been recognized and he eventually led him to have the opportunity to become a public relations officer in the Engineering Department and the Department of Human Resources for the city of Laval.
After a brilliant career as a teacher and a relations officer, Yves spent ten years in Costa Rica in the early 2000s to work on his Spanish and learn more about the local culture. He also took advantage of his time there to get involved with an organization that helps young people with drug and alcohol problems.
More recently, he has been particularly involved in federal politics, becoming the president of the Marc-Aurèle-Fortin Liberal Association, a riding where he has always lived, before becoming its elected Member of Parliament.
Laval, and more particularly Marc-Aurèle-Fortin, no longer have any secrets for him, and it is with the passion he is known for that he is now working on behalf of his fellow citizens, representing them in Ottawa as their elected Member of Parliament.
In Ottawa, he was noticed early as a relevant and active parliamentarian. Yves currently sits on two committees, the Standing Committee on National Defense and the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. Because of his experience and abilities, Yves is often tasked with official representations on the international scene.
A respected political figure, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez is the Member of Parliament for Honoré-Mercier and the Chief Government Whip.
He served as the MP for Honoré-Mercier from 2004 to 2011 and re-elected once again in 2015. During those years in opposition, he took on many important roles, including critic for Culture, Official Languages, Economic Development, Public Works and Government Services, and La Francophonie.
He also served as the Québec Caucus Chair for several years. Mr. Rodriguez is known for the battles he has led as a Member of Parliament, namely the fight against climate change, the protection and promotion of culture, and the promotion of official languages and minority rights.
In the years before he returned to politics, Mr. Rodriguez worked in the environment sector. On October 19, he was re-elected as the Member for Honoré-Mercier. He was subsequently appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, a role in which he served in until being appointed Chief Government Whip in 2017.
A graduate in business administration, Pablo Rodriguez worked for nearly ten years in the field of international development for a Montreal-based NGO. During those years, he was responsible for the management and evaluation of development projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. The importance he placed on aid to developing countries and the fight against poverty led him to collaborate with many organizations such as Oxfam-Québec, for which he served as Vice-President of the Board for over four years. Over the years, he worked and gave lectures at a number of conferences in more than 30 countries on three continents.
He then became Vice-President and Associate of a public affairs firm where he was responsible for numerous projects, in Canada and overseas. Mr. Rodriguez speaks English, French and Spanish fluently.
Sherry is the Member of Parliament for Longueuil—Charles-LeMoyne and serves as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.
Sherry was the Assistant Director of Continuing Education at Cégep Champlain of Saint-Lambert and a lecturer at McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies. As an engaged citizen Sherry has always been highly involved in her community. She used to be vice president and Director of Communications for the cadet corps CCG 1979 Centennial at Greenfield Park, as well as a member of the Royal Canadian Legion (local 94) and the Greenfield Park Lions Club. Sherry was also the vice president of the Laporte Provincial Liberal Association and the Longueuil—Charles-LeMoyne Federal Liberal Association.
Born and raised in Longueuil—Charles-LeMoyne, Sherry chose to raise her family in the riding and is the proud mother of two sons who are members of the Canadian Forces.
Anthony Rota is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Nipissing-Timiskaming. Anthony was first elected in 2004, and served in the 38th Parliament as Chair of the subcommittee on Veterans Affairs of the Standing Committee on National Defence.
Re-elected in 2006, he occupied the position of Vice-Chair of Veterans Affairs and from 2007 to 2011 served as the Liberal Party of Canada Caucus Chair. During that time, Anthony also served as critic for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor). During the 40th Parliament, he was Vice-Chair of the Industry, Science and Technology Committee. On December 9, 2015, Anthony Rota, Member for the electoral district of Nipissing-Temiskaming, was appointed Assistant Deputy Speaker and Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole.
Prior to his election in 2004, Anthony worked for the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) as regional manager for Ontario and in the field International Technology Transfer. He also worked as an entrepreneur in the financial and real estate sector during which time he served as President of the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce, subsequently elected to City Council for the City of North Bay where he served as Chair for planning and Economic Development. In 2011, he joined Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario where he served as Director of Government Relations.
He ran for re-election in 2015 and won his seat for the 42nd Parliament.
Anthony holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Diploma in Finance and Masters of Business Administration and is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish.
Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, has a long history in her riding as both a local business owner and a community advocate. She was past president and owner of Willis College – Cobourg, owner of Archer First Aid/CPR and NC Training Inc., and co-founder of a local daycare facility. Altogether, she has brought more than 50 jobs to her community, as well as essential training and childcare services.
Kim has also been an active volunteer within her community. While working with a number of community organizations, she was praised for, among other things, the integral role she played in attracting eight new physicians to Cobourg, and for her service as President of the Cobourg Chamber of Commerce.
Dan Ruimy is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge. Dan is the Chair of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology and the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, and is a Member of a number of other committees.
A successful entrepreneur and local business owner, Dan has lived in the British Columbia Lower Mainland for over twenty years. Since 2011, Dan has owned and operated Bean Around Books & Tea, a thriving book and tea shop in downtown Maple Ridge where local residents come together over books, tea, and discussion.
With a lifelong career spent in the hospitality industry, Dan gained his experience the old fashioned way, working side by side with front line teams, managers and owners. Dan is looking forward to the opportunity to bring hard work, real-world business experiences, and a strong voice that is more connected to the diverse needs of our community to Ottawa.
In 2009, Dan founded Tactical Approach, a consulting company with a specialized focus on business operations, training, franchise sales, brand development, and marketing workshops. He served the Douglas College team in 2010-2011 as a contract Sales & Marketing Instructor and Business Advisor to students in the Self Employment program.
A former reservist with the Canadian Armed Forces, Dan is dedicated to serving his community and volunteers his spare time with local groups like Iron Horse Youth Services.
Don Rusnak is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Thunder Bay-Rainy River and is a Member of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs, the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament and the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs.
Born and raised in Northwestern Ontario, Don has deep roots in Thunder Bay–Rainy River, and as the proud son of Ukrainian and Anishinaabe (Ojibway) parents, he understands the diverse and pressing issues facing his community.
Don has extensive professional experience drawing from his work in the forestry industry, public sector, and from his own legal practice. While working with Manitoba Health, Don helped to improve the delivery of healthcare services for Northern Manitobans, and as a Crown Prosecutor in Eastern Alberta, he prosecuted criminal and regulatory offences. Don has long demonstrated strong leadership skills, having served as the interim Executive Director for Grand Council Treaty #3 in Kenora.
Don has volunteered his time with many organizations, such as the Ontario Justice Education Network and the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative – a group which improves elementary and secondary school education outcomes for Aboriginal Canadians through the implementation of specific programs and the application of appropriate research.
Don studied Political Science and Integrated Forest Resource Management at Lakehead University. In 2001, Don attended the University of Manitoba, Robson Hall Faculty of Law, and during his final year, attended Osgoode Hall Law School to study in the Intensive Program in Aboriginal Lands, Resources and Governments.
Ruby Sahota is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Brampton-North, and a Member of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women, the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs and the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs. Born in Toronto and raised in Brampton, she is an active member of the local South-Asian community, and is driven by the desire to give back to the riding of Brampton North.
An experienced attorney, she has practiced for five years in the areas of criminal law, litigation, and dispute resolution in both the public and private sectors, handling a wide range of complex commercial litigation files at the national and international level.
Recognizing the need for increased representation of women in politics, Ruby has been an active member of the Organization for Women in International Trade, UNICEF, and Amnesty International. A dedicated mother and natural leader, Ruby is passionate about engaging the youth vote, and is experienced in galvanizing people toward a common goal.
Ruby holds a combined Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Peace Studies from McMaster University and a J.D. with a concentration in Litigation from Thomas M. Cooley Law School where she was awarded the Blue Book Award in Immigration Law for achieving the highest GPA in her graduating class.
Raj Saini is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Kitchener Centre, and is a Member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics.
A proud resident of Kitchener-Waterloo, Raj owned and operated the award-winning Greenbrook Pharmacy for nearly 20 years. His success as a small business owner comes from his focus on helping people achieve their health goals using evidence-based protocols to enable healing and encourage healthy lifestyles.
A committed and active supporter of local organizations, Raj works tirelessly to engage his community in politics and international affairs. He is a proud Rotarian of many years, a board member of the Canadian International Council, Waterloo Region branch and a long-time champion of Liberal values. He is passionate about improving the local economy, creating jobs and promoting the health and well-being of Kitchener Centre’s residents through intelligent, fiscally responsible environmental and health policy.
Raj earned his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Boston’s Northeastern University.
The Honourable Harjit Singh Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, has served Canada and his community as both a soldier and a police officer. He continues his service to Canada as the Member of Parliament for Vancouver South and as Minister of National Defence. Harjit is a retired Lieutenant-Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces and a combat veteran. He was 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. He is also a recipient of 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, and has lectured to a wide audience in both Canada and the United States.
Darrell Samson is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook, and is a Member of the Standing Committee on Official Languages and the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage. A proud Acadian and experienced educator dedicated to empowering Canada’s next generation of leaders, Darrell has a great deal of experience collaborating with all levels of government and he plans to continue to do so to ensure a strong vision and voice for all Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook residents.
After receiving his Bachelor of Education and Masters in School Administration from Université de Moncton, Darrell acquired a vast repertoire of experiences in all facets of the public education sector. Darrell is the former Superintendent of Schools for the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial – Nova Scotia’s only French school board – where he worked closely with the Department of Education and various communities to ensure quality education for all students.
Darrell is an active participant in numerous committees and associations; he has been the National President and Vice-President of all French school board superintendents outside of Quebec, an active member of the National Committee for Early Years, and a member of the Provincial Advisory Council to the Minister of Education on Early Years in Nova Scotia. Darrell has met every challenge with enthusiasm, honesty, and a genuine respect for people. Darrell is happily married with three adult children and has been a resident of the Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook riding for 30 years.
Ramesh Sangha is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Brampton Centre, and a Member of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
A practicing lawyer in the city of Brampton since January 2001, Ramesh arrived in Canada in 1994 as a sponsored parent. With a profound respect for the country he now calls home, Ramesh spends much of his free time helping others in his community.
Understanding the importance of mentoring youth, Ramesh provides co-op training to students from surrounding high schools, community colleges, para-legal courses, and Law students. Inspired by Ramesh’s sense of pride and civic duty, many of these students have chosen to remain as volunteers, assisting him in his various community engagements.
Prior to his legal career, Ramesh started an immigration consultancy firm providing legal advice and counselling to newly landed immigrants, and worked with the Canada Pension Plan Review Tribunal. He is an active member of the Brampton Board Trade, the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce, and Legal Advisor to the Indian Air Force Veteran’s Community in Canada.
Ramesh is happily married to his wife Kulwinder, with whom he’s raised three adult children. They all live in the city of Brampton.
Randeep Sarai is the Member of Parliament for Surrey Centre and sits on the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. Committed to helping those that are less fortunate, Randeep often provides pro bono services to non-profit organizations and to those that cannot afford legal services. Randeep has a background in real estate development, giving him a sound understanding of transportation and infrastructure issues facing the Surrey community.
Randeep founded and has served as a Director of Virsa - Supporting Youth Strengthening Families Society and helped start the South Asian Community Coalition Against Youth Violence which successfully championed for the creation of the Integrated Gang Task Force. An active volunteer for the CORSA Foundation, Randeep works with his community to help South Asian youth break the cycle of violence. He is Director with 3HO (Healthy, Happy and Holy Organization) – a network of people dedicated to living a life that uplifts and inspires.
Randeep earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia before completing his Bachelor of Laws at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Randeep and his wife Sarbjeet are raising their three children in Surrey, and he enjoys yoga, soccer, and jogging in his spare time.
First elected to the House of Commons in 2004, Francis Scarpaleggia was re-elected to Parliament in 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015. He is the Chair of the National Liberal Caucus.
Francis has made the protection of Canada’s freshwater a personal priority. With this goal in mind, he has submitted motions and bills to the House of Commons for debate, including a motion calling on the government to create a national water strategy and a bill to ban bulk-water exports. He also initiated an in-depth study by the House of Commons Environment committee into the impact of the oil sands on Canada’s water resources, introduced legislation to prohibit the dumping of toxic mining waste into Canada’s water bodies, and called on the government to create a Council of the St. Lawrence to better protect this vital waterway.
Since first being elected, Francis has served on the following House of Commons committees: Public Safety and National Security (Vice Chair), Environment and Sustainable Development (Vice Chair), Transport, Canadian Heritage, and Government Operations and Estimates.
Francis is also a founding member of the all-party Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care. In this capacity, he organized and chaired hearings in Montreal in the fall of 2010 to hear testimony for the Committee’s report, entitled Not to be Forgotten: Care of Vulnerable Canadians.
As the former senior political advisor to his predecessor, Clifford Lincoln, Francis has extensive knowledge of and experience in the federal policy-making and legislative processes. In this earlier role, he was involved in Clifford Lincoln’s original work on improving train service in Montreal’s West Island that has since evolved into the well-known Train de l’Ouest initiative under the former Lac-Saint-Louis MP’s ongoing leadership.
Before entering politics, Francis taught business administration at Montreal’s Dawson College. Prior to that, he spent several years working in the private sector, including as a corporate financial analyst.
Francis did his undergraduate work in economics at McGill University and earned a master’s degree in economics from Columbia University, in New York. He later obtained an MBA from Concordia University.
Francis and his wife have two children.
From a young age, growing up in Hudson, Quebec, Peter Schiefke, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth), has had a passion for humanitarian, environmental and social causes. This led him to found a number of projects and organizations, including We Will Always Remember, which pays tribute to veterans, for which he was given a Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation in 2003.
Peter also cofounded the Concordia Volunteer Abroad Program (CVAP), a non-profit organization that helps victims of the civil war in East Africa. CVAP has received numerous awards over the years, including the 2008 Entraide, Paix et Justice award from Forces Avenir, and the 2010 YMCAs of Quebec Peace Medal. Until recently, Peter served as a member of CVAP’s Board of Directors, and was responsible for its fundraising efforts.
An expert in sustainable and community development, Peter cofounded and served as the President of Youth Action Canada, which promotes youth involvement in fighting climate change. More recently, he served as National Director of Climate Reality Canada, the Canadian division of an organization founded by former United States Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Al Gore, which seeks to educate people on environmental issues.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Concordia University and a Master of Science in Renewable Resources from McGill University.
Deb Schulte is the Member of Parliament for the riding of King-Vaughan. Deb is the Chair of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development and the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, and is a Member of a number of other committees.
Former Local and Regional Councillor for the City of Vaughan from 2010 to 2014, Deb is a results-oriented individual with an extensive record of community service and proven leadership.
During her time in office, Deb served on several key committees, including Heritage Vaughan and task forces, including the Telecommunications Facility Sitting Protocol Task Force, and was appointed Chair of the Priorities and Key Initiatives Committee in 2014. A local advocate for most of her life, Deb was appointed to the Greenbelt Task Force and served on the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation Board of Directors – a non-profit organization dedicated to the enhancement and preservation of one of southern Ontario’s most distinct landscapes extending over 160 kilometres.
Deb is a long-time member of the Humber Watershed Alliance. She has a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and 22 years of engineering and business experience with Bombardier Aerospace. Deb currently lives in Vaughan with her husband, Dave, two sons, and a Labrador Retriever.
Marc Serré is currently the Chair of the Northern Ontario Liberal Caucus as well as member of the Liberal Indigenous Caucus, The Standing Committee on Natural Resources, The Canada-China Legislative Association, The Association interparlementaire Canada-France, The Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group and The Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie.
Mr. Serré is an award-winning telecom technologies researcher and developer whose presentations have taken him across Canada and the US. He is the proud recipient of the Canadian IWAY Award in recognition for his innovation and outstanding achievements in Internet adaptive technology.
Driven by a desire to invest in future generations, Marc served as a school board trustee. He was also a Municipal Counsellor in West Nipissing, a Hospital board member, and Chair of the West Nipissing Planning Committee. He is a proud recipient of the Ontario Community Action Award for his work in both the non-profit and disability sectors.
Marc earned an Honours Bachelor of Commerce B. Com. with a specialization in Human Resources and Marketing from Laurentian University. Marc’s personal achievements also include the completion of marathons and triathlons.
Born and raised in Nickel Belt, Marc comes from a long line of community volunteers and politicians; his father Gaetan and Uncle Ben Serré both served as MPs and were dedicated to facilitating change and growth in their community. Marc is also a Citizen of the Mattawa/North Bay/Algonquin First Nation and Metis of Ontario.
The Honourable Judy Sgro is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Humber River-Black Creek, and she both Chairs and is a Member of a number of committees. By serving her neighbours from 1987 – 1994 on the North York City Council, and then from 1995 – 1998 as a member of the Toronto City Council, Judy worked to foster a solid reputation as a woman of action.
Building upon a successful tenure in municipal politics, where she served the people of her community as the Vice-Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, as a member of the North York Council’s Executive Committee, and as a contributing member of the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, Judy Sgro wanted to focus her attention towards national solutions to local problems.
Her initial election to Parliament for the federal riding of York West in 1999, and her subsequent re-election in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011, cemented that reputation and provided her with a way to serve the people of York West on the national stage.
Judy Sgro wasted no time once she arrived in Ottawa. From 2001 – 2002, she was named Chairperson of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Urban Issues. The report derived from those efforts contained numerous insights which helped to shape national urban policy for several years. In addition to serving in roles such as the Chair of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women, as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and as the Vice-Chair of the Canada/US Parliamentary Friendship Group, Judy Sgro was appointed as the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration in December of 2003.
As Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Judy championed family re-unification policies and worked hard to ensure the immigration system was fair and compassionate.
In Opposition, Judy Sgro served as the Liberal Critic for National Revenue, and as the Liberal Critic for Seniors and Pensions and the Status of Women where she launched an aggressive effort to help ensure retirement income security, coverage and adequacy for all Canadians.
Judy Sgro lives in Toronto with her husband where they enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Brenda Shanahan is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Châteauguay—Lacolle since October 2015. Branda is a member of the Committee on Public Accounts and Member of the Committee on Governmental Operations. During her first term as an MP, Brenda served on the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Death.
Brenda holds an MBA, a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of History. During her career as a banker, social worker and financial educator, she provided counsel in financial management and developed financial literacy workshops and materials as well as being a commentator on financial issues for various media outlets.
A long-time resident of Châteauguay and mother of three adult children, Brenda has been involved in a number of organizations such as Amnesty International and the Canadian Federation of University Women.
Terry Sheehan is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Sault Ste. Marie and is a Member of the Special Committee on Pay Equity.
An accomplished business professional and lifelong resident of Sault Ste. Marie, Terry has served nearly 20 years on City Council and the Huron-Superior Catholic School Board. He is well known for his tireless work ethic and ability to achieve real results for his community.
Terry has spent his career working in both the private and public sector in business, community, and economic development. He is currently employed as an Employment and Training Consultant for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
Terry is invested in the economic health of the riding and country. His strong business background allows him to spot opportunities for the economic success and job growth that will strengthen and grow his community. Through his work, Terry has developed strong relationships with both the business community and local labour groups, as he believes it is important to work constructively and inclusively with all.
Terry and his wife are the proud parents of two children, and he looks forward to rebuilding the partnership between the federal government and Sault Ste. Marie.
Jati Sidhu is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon and is a Member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.
A businessman with more than 27 years experience, Jati served as president of Greenvale Enterprises Inc., a local agricultural company, and is the current CEO and president of the Sidhu Group, which focuses on housing and business development. He has also served on the University of Fraser Valley Board of Governors and as a member of the Abbotsford Police Board.
Jati has long dedicated himself to improving his community, particularly through his work as a board member of the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, and as founding member of the Fraser Valley Indo-Canadian Business Association. Through his work with the Association, Jati helped raise funds to build the Abbotsford Hospice Society, which provides end-of-life care and grief support for families in Abbotsford. Jati is also known as a renowned philanthropist within the Abbotsford community.
Sonia Sidhu is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Brampton South, and is a Member of the Special Committee on Pay Equity and the Standing Committee on Health.
A registered cardiology technologist, diabetes educator and clinical research coordinator, Sonia’s dedication to her community and helping her fellow citizens drives her to be the strong local voice for the riding of Brampton South.
Sonia has been actively involved in political campaigns at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels for many years. She understands the issues that matter most to people in her riding – a more transparent government focussed on suburban soccer moms, and sound economic and social policies.
A passionate community advocate, Sonia has volunteered with numerous organizations including the environmental initiatives of Guru Nanak Mission Canada in Brampton South, Nahani Way Public School, Trillium Health Centre and Karma Grow, a local charity community garden initiative. She has deep roots within the local South Asian community and works diligently to foster and strengthen the relationships between its members and other communities.
Sonia has a Bachelor of Arts from India and speaks English, Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising and yoga.
Gagan Sikand is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Mississauga-Streetsville, and is a Member of the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament.
Gagan, a lawyer and small business owner, has lived in Mississauga-Streetsville for over 25 years. Throughout that time, he’s been dedicated to community service and a number of valuable professional experiences.
Gagan has diverse professional experience, having worked for the Attorney General of Ontario, the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. Gagan also sits on the Board of the Dental Hygienists of Ontario.
Gagan volunteers on the local United Way advisory council and regularly helps out at both the Eden and Seva food banks. His focus on helping youth succeed is evident from his work as a mentor with the Kids Now program at Woodlands Secondary School. He also coaches basketball and serves as a board member for the Young Governors Council of Junior Achievement.
Scott Simms is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame. Scott is the Chair of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans and the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, and is a Member of a number of other committees.
Scott was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 as the Member of Parliament for Bonavista-Gander-Grand Falls-Windsor. On October 19th, 2015 he was elected for the fifth time as the Member of Parliament for the new riding of Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame. Scott’s past roles include critic of both Fisheries and Oceans, and Democratic Reform, Canadian Heritage Committee and Chair of the Liberal Atlantic Caucus.
This 42nd Parliament has seen Scott take on several new roles. He is currently Chair of the Standing Committee of Fisheries and Oceans. Scott was elected President of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association by his colleagues and also serves as Co-Chair of the All-Party Ocean Caucus and Chair of the All-Party Tourism Caucus.
Before being elected to the House of Commons Scott delivered the National weather forecast on the Weather Network. He graduated from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick with a degree in commerce and went on to study broadcast journalism at Loyalist College. Scott was born and raised in Bishop’s Falls and to this day maintains a residence nearby with his son, Jackson.
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi is the Member of Parliament for Edmonton—Mill Woods and the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
Prior to being elected a Member of Parliament in 2015, Minister Sohi was a three-term Edmonton City Councillor. This experience taught him the importance of infrastructure as the foundation for citizens to create strong, sustainable, and inclusive communities.
Dedicated to improving Edmonton’s infrastructure and liveability, Minister Sohi represented the city on the Canadian Urban Transit Association and strongly advocated for Light Rail Transit. He also brought forward his passion for inclusive city-building through his representation at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association and in leading City Council’s Immigration, Multiculturalism, and Racism Free Edmonton initiatives.
Since assuming the Infrastructure and Communities portfolio, Minister Sohi has overseen the design and early implementation of a more than $180 billion plan over 12 years – the largest infrastructure investment plan in Canada’s history. This plan invests unprecedented amounts in public transit, green infrastructure, clean water and waste water, affordable housing, trade-enabling infrastructure, rural and northern communities, and more.
Minister Sohi has received several awards in recognition of his community leadership and lives in Edmonton with his wife and daughter.
Francesco Sorbara is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Vaughan-Woodbridge, and is a Member of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Finance and the Standing Committee on Finance.
Business professional, devoted volunteer, and father, Francesco is passionate about helping those around him. With his strong work ethic and desire for a better future – values instilled in him by his immigrant parents – Francesco is committed to strengthening the bonds in Vaughan–Woodbridge.
Francesco is a Corporate Bond Research Analyst with Scotiabank and in his spare time, he serves on the board of the Neighbourhood Committee for the United Way York Region. As a member of Eva’s Initiatives’ Finance Committee, Francesco helped the organization secure funding for safe shelter and services for homeless and at-risk youth, enabling them to reach their full potential and lead productive, self-sufficient, and healthy lives.
Francesco earned his Bachelors of Arts from Simon Fraser University, his Masters of Arts from the University of Toronto, and is a designated Chartered Financial Analyst. Francesco and his wife Rose are the proud parents of two young daughters, Eliana and Natalia.
Sven Spengemann is the Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Lakeshore. He is a member of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security and the Standing Committee on National Defence.
Sven was born in Berlin, Germany, and moved to Canada with his family at age 14. He particularly enjoys working with young people who are embarking on their career path and is an active member of the community of Mississauga-Lakeshore. He volunteers at the Compass Food Bank and serves on the Board of Directors of United Way of Peel Region and the UTM Alumni Association. Sven is also an Advisor to the Peel Multicultural Council.
Sven’s academic qualifications include degrees from the University of Toronto (Mississauga), Osgoode Hall Law School and the Collège d’Europe. He was a Canada-US Fulbright Scholar and earned his doctorate at Harvard Law School.
Sven’s professional experience spans the private sector, academia, government and international affairs. He served as a senior United Nations official in Iraq, where he led a team of experts in support of the Iraqi Parliament. Sven also worked for a major Canadian bank and in the Privy Council Office in Ottawa. He held affiliations at the Munk School of Global Affairs, the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the Glendon School of Public & International Affairs.
In his spare time, he is an avid mountaineer, motorcyclist and private pilot.
Marwan Tabbara is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Kitchener South - Hespeler, and a Member of both the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration and the Sub-Committee on International Human Rights. A first-generation Canadian and proud resident of Kitchener South-Hespeler for over 24 years, Marwan is an energetic community advocate who will work tirelessly in Ottawa for the people of the riding.
Marwan was inspired to enter the political arena by his mother, who raised him and his two brothers on her own. He credits his family for shaping him into a compassionate individual who cares deeply about the world around him. He is committed to real change and a prosperous future for the families of Kitchener South-Hespeler. Marwan previously worked in Operations at Frito Lay, and is passionate about welcoming new Canadians, improving skills training and educational opportunities, and finding economic solutions that keep jobs local.
Marwan earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government from the University of Guelph. He enjoys canoeing, weight training, horseback riding, hiking and the great outdoors.
Geng Tan is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Don Valley North, and is a Member of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations and the Standing Committee on Natural Resources.
Geng is a long-serving leader, organizer, and volunteer for a myriad of community organizations that support and service new Canadians. He is the founder, first-term Executive President, and current Co-chair of the Council of Newcomer Organizations, and Vice Chairman of the Confederation of Toronto Chinese Canadian Organizations. Geng has also participated in numerous panels, providing input and advice on immigration and community development policies. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to Canada and is also the recipient of an Ontario Volunteer Service Award.
Geng was formerly a senior chemist and previously worked at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) and the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada. Prior to coming to Canada, he received a Bachelor of Engineering in Organic Chemical Engineering from Hunan University in China, held various managerial positions, and was a certified senior engineer. He has since completed a Master of Applied Science and a PhD in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry from the University of Toronto.
Filomena Tassi is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas, and a Member of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. Born and raised in Hamilton, Filomena has been the voice of change for families in Hamilton through a lifetime of commitment to her community. Filomena has served as Catholic School Trustee and ran for the provincial Liberals.
Filomena attained her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western in 1986. She also has a Masters of Religious Education and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Education. Filomena practiced law for six years before leaving to raise her family, later becoming a high school Chaplain for the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board. As chaplaincy leader Filomena helped establish the DREAMS (Dominican Republic Education and Medical Support) program which has enabled thousands of students to travel to live and work with the poor and under-privileged.
Driven by her profound sense of civic duty, Filomena has been highly involved in her community. She is a past board member of both St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Catholic Youth Organization, and has volunteered her time with many local initiatives and organizations. Filomena was also the recipient of the 2010 Brian Halferty Award – presented by the Catholic School Chaplains of Ontario (CSCO) for exemplary service.
Filomena, her husband, and two children, have lived in the Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas riding for seventeen years.
Justin Trudeau is the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.
Justin was first elected to Parliament in the Montreal riding of Papineau in 2008, defying political insiders who believed that a federalist candidate would have little chance against an incumbent member of the Bloc Québécois. For Justin, the people of Papineau – 50 percent of whom speak neither French nor English as their mother tongue – exemplify Canada’s rich diversity, evolving identity, and the struggle for equality of opportunity. He has served the hard working middle class families and small businesses of his constituency, who, in recent years, have faced economic challenges. He has worked alongside local community organisations by bringing together different cultures and religions, and establishing local initiatives on social issues, the environment, and the arts.
As a Member of Parliament, Justin has had many responsibilities including the Liberal Party Critic for Youth, Post-Secondary Education, Amateur Sports, Multiculturalism, and Citizenship and Immigration. Furthermore, he previously sat on the Parliamentary Committees on Environment and Sustainable Development and Citizenship and Immigration.
As a Parliamentarian, and prior to that, Justin travelled the country and met with Canadians in every region, consistently speaking about shared values, the importance of youth empowerment, protecting our wilderness, and living up to our place in the world. Some of Justin’s proudest accomplishments include his advocacy for victims of the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, his activism to protect the Nahanni river in the Northwest Territories in 2005 and holding the post of chair of Katimavik, Canada’s national youth service program, from 2002 to 2006.
At the heart of Justin’s professional achievements – whether as a math and French teacher in British Columbia, or his leadership role in Katimavik, or even his strong defense of Quebec as a Member of Parliament – is a deep respect for Canadians from coast to coast to coast and his desire to serve them.
On April 14, 2013, Justin was elected Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada in the most open and accessible leadership election in Canadian history, in which tens of thousands of Canadians participated.
Justin has a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University, and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia. He was born on December 25, 1971, the eldest son of the late former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Margaret Sinclair Trudeau Kemper. Justin is married to Sophie Grégoire. The couple welcomed their first child, Xavier James Trudeau on October 18, 2007 and added to their family with the arrival of Ella-Grace Trudeau on February 5, 2009, and Hadrien Trudeau on February 28, 2014.
Dan Vandal, Member of Parliament for Saint-Boniface–Saint-Vital, is a member of Committee on Official Languages and Committee on Canadian Hertiage. From 1995 to 2014, he served as the representative for St. Boniface on Winnipeg’s City Council for all but two years. As a City Councillor, he occupied a number of leadership roles including that of Deputy Mayor.
Prior to his entry into municipal politics, Dan dedicated himself to a career in social work, collaborating with organizations that sought to support Winnipeg’s youth. He also competed as a professional boxer and at one time was the top Canadian in his weight class. Currently he serves as a board member of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and is the chairperson of the Manitoba Combative Sports Commission.
Anita Vandenbeld is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Ottawa West-Nepean. Anita is the Chair of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Special Committee on Pay Equity and the Special Committee on Pay Equity, and is a Member of numerous other committees.
Anita is an international expert on democracy and human rights, having spent over 10 years upholding the democratic values of freedom, diversity, and social equality both at home and abroad. She is now serves as a true representative of local concerns, ensuring a strong voice for all of her constituents.
Anita learned first-hand the immeasurable value of our Canadian democracy through her diligent work with the United Nations. Anita has worked in over 20 countries, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Democratic Governance Group in New York, where she managed a multi-partner international network to promote women's political participation. Anita was also a Senior Parliamentary Advisor with UNDP Bangladesh and with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission in Kosovo; and Country Director for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Congo (DRC). In 2008, Anita was awarded the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal in recognition of her work in Kosovo.
Born and raised in Alberta, Anita obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary before completing a Master’s degree in History at York University. Anita currently lives in Ottawa with her partner Don Dransfield and step-daughter Courtney.
Adam Vaughan is the Member of Parliament for Spadina-Fort York and is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (Housing and Urban Affairs). Adam was first elected to the House of Commons in June, 2014, and re-elected in October, 2015.
Adam Vaughan was elected twice to Toronto City Council before voters in Trinity-Spadina sent him to Ottawa to represent urban issues in Parliament. As an activist and as a journalist, Adam Vaughan has played a significant role in the social and economic growth of Toronto.
Adam Vaughan brings a lifetime of experience to federal politics. On City Council he played a major role in reforming public housing policy in the city. He led successful campaigns to rebuild and revitalize existing public housing stock while initiating new policies to create family housing, supportive housing and new co-op housing programs in Toronto. Together with residents, he spearheaded the revitalization of the Alexandra Park community: a significant neighbourhood in Toronto that will see new affordable housing, new commercial space, a re-built community and more parkland added to the downtown.
Adam Vaughan’s record in office demonstrates strong support for the arts in Toronto. While on council, he championed the expansion of OCAD University’s campus and led the campaign to save Theatre Passe Muraille. He also served on the Boards of the Toronto Arts Council, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Harbourfront Centre and Heritage Toronto.
Before entering politics, he was a broadcast journalist for more than 20 years, specializing in municipal affairs for both the CBC and Citytv. He covered all three levels of government and has written about urban issues too.
He has entered federal politics and is working with Justin Trudeau, Liberals and local governments across the country to re-establish a national housing policy as part of a new urban agenda for Canada.
Arif Virani was elected as the Member of Parliament for Parkdale—High Park in 2015, and serves as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (Multiculturalism).
Arif Virani came to Canada as a Ugandan Asian refugee and has spent his career as a constitutional litigator, advocating for human rights and access to justice. Arif has worked as an analyst with the Canadian Human Rights Commission in Ottawa, an investigator at la Commission des droits de la personne et droits de la jeunesse in Montréal, and as an assistant trial attorney prosecuting genocide at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Arif was one of the founders of Toronto’s legal aid clinic SALCO, the recipient of the 2001 Harold G. Fox litigation scholarship at the Middle Temple, London, United Kingdom, and the 2008 Wilson-Prichard Award recipient in recognition of his contributions to the legal profession and his community.
Arif lives and volunteers in Parkdale-High Park. He is a member of the Redwood Shelter for abused women, regularly helps at the Parkdale Food Bank, is an active volunteer with Roncyworks, and has led community efforts to address mental health stigma.
Arif has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from McGill University, and completed his Bachelor of Laws at the University of Toronto, where he graduated as valedictorian.
Arif speaks English, French, and Hindi. He is happily married and the devoted father of two young boys.
Nick Whalen is the Member of Parliament for the riding of St. John’s East, and a Member of the Subcommitte on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates and the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates.
A successful lawyer and professional engineer, born and raised in St. John’s East, Nick will use his extensive experience to best defend the interests of his riding with steadfast determination.
Nick is involved with numerous community organizations, including serving as the director of the Parkinson Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, and chair of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy Canada – a registered charity supporting wildlife and sustainable development in Africa, primarily at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya. He also serves as pro bono counsel to the Gospel Folk Seniors Choir, and coaches minor soccer with Feildians Athletic Association. Nick is a partner and patent agent at the law firm McInnes Cooper, where he practices corporate commercial law, energy law, and intellectual property law. He was recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada – an annual publication ranking individual lawyers and firms across multiple areas of expertise – for his practices in Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law.
Nick has an LLB from McGill University, and earned both his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Engineering from Queen’s University. He currently lives in St. John’s with his wife and their two children.
Jonathan Wilkinson is the Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. He has spent more than 20 successful years in the private sector, having held leadership positions with a number of companies dedicated to the development of green technologies. His time as CEO of both QuestAir Technologies and BioteQ Environmental Technologies, in addition to his time as senior Vice President of Business Development with Nexterra, has provided him with extensive experience in the energy and environmental technology sectors. Jonathan also previously worked at Bain and Company, a leading global management consultancy.
A Rhodes Scholar, Jonathan made use of his educational background in public policy when he worked as a constitutional negotiator and a federal-provincial relations specialist. He has served on several industry and charitable boards, including the United Way of the Lower Mainland and the B.C. Technology Industries Association. He currently serves as a board member and treasurer of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation.
Jonathan has deep roots in North Vancouver, where he has spent the last 16 years raising his family alongside his wife, Tara. An avid runner and outdoorsman, Jonathan also serves as a coach for the North Shore Girls Soccer Association.
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, is a lawyer, advocate, and leader among British Columbia’s First Nations. As a former Regional Chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations, Jody brings extensive experience in law, public service, and First Nations governance to Cabinet. 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 health care services. She was re-elected as Regional Chief in 2012 and held responsibilities for governance and nation building on the Assembly of First Nations Executive. 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 was 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.
Borys Wrzesnewskyj is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Etobicoke Centre. Borys is the Chair of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration and the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, and is a Member of numerous other committees.
A third-generation Ukrainian-Canadian and local business owner, Borys has lived in Etobicoke Centre for over two decades – proudly representing the riding in the Canadian House of Commons from 2004 to 2011.
Borys received his Bachelor of Commerce from Trinity College - University of Toronto in 1983 and quickly gravitated towards humanitarian and pro-democracy work – helping organize and finance the People’s Movement of Ukraine in the late 1980s, and in support of the referendum for the independence of Ukraine in 1991. Borys initiated and was actively involved in organizing the Canadian delegation headed by former PM John Turner to the contested Ukrainian election during the Orange Revolution of 2004.
While a Member of the House of Commons, Borys was in charge of various portfolios including Citizenship and Immigration, Crown Corporations, Foreign Affairs, and Multiculturalism. In 2008, he was awarded the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise by the Ukranian President for his distinguished services to the people of Ukraine. In 2014 he was awarded the Knight’s Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland by Poland’s President for work on Canada Poland relations.
Borys is fluent in English, Ukrainian and Polish, and is the owner of Future Bakery Limited, and M-C Dairy Limited.
Kate Young is the Member of Parliament for London West and also serves as the Parliamentary Secretary for Science.
A trusted voice for years, Kate is committed to finding collaborative solutions to the issues and concerns that matter most to London West.
Best known as the first female to anchor the 6PM news on CFPL-TV, Kate has had a distinguished career in journalism and public relations both in the private and public sector. Formerly the Manager of Public Affairs and Community Relations for the Thames Valley District School Board, Kate’s department helped spearhead The Pledge – the first Canadian anti-bullying initiative to be recognized with a National Exemplary Bullying Prevention Program Award by the U.S.-based Schools Safety Advocacy Council.
A staunch community organizer, Kate has volunteered much of her free-time with organizations that directly impact London West, including the Fanshawe College Board of Directors, the Parkinson Society Southwestern Region Advisory Board, London Health Sciences Foundation Board of Directors, and as the Chair of five fundraisers for Museum London. In 2007, London City Press Club named her Newsmaker of the Year for her outstanding service to the London community.
Kate has a diploma in Journalism – Broadcast from Fanshawe College and is the proud mother of two children.
Salma Zahid is the Member of Parliament for Scarborough Centre, and is a member of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration and the Public Accounts Committee.
Since immigrating to Canada in the late 1990s, Salma Zahid has been a passionate and engaged member of the Scarborough community. She has a strong background in governance and public policy, and including as a senior advisor for the Ontario government in the office of the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade.
Salma also brings an extensive background in community service and volunteerism, particularly with organizations aimed at helping youth and families. She has served as Chair of the Regent Park Duke of York Public School Parent Council, and was instrumental in the development of the Youth Reading Club and Skating Program. Salma has also been an active volunteer with a number of local food banks, as well as her local mosque, Jame Abu Bakar.
Salma’s community involvement, particularly with groups dedicated to supporting youth and women’s issues, has earned her the Diamond Jubilee Medal for Meritorious Community Service.
Salma holds a Master’s in Educational Management and Administration from the University of London’s Institute of Education and an MBA from Quaid e Azam University in Pakistan.
Salma, her husband Salman, and their sons Umaid and Usman are proud and longtime residents of Scarborough.