• Omar Alghabra
    Omar Alghabra
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs)

    Omar Alghabra is a mechanical engineer by trade and an MBA graduate from York University. He has served in a variety of positions with General Electric Canada, Enbala Power, and the Ontario Energy Board. He was recently 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...

  • Leona Alleslev
    Leona Alleslev
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement

    Leona Alleslev is a former Canadian Air Force officer, senior manager and entrepreneur.

    Leona has held leadership positions in the Department of National Defence, as well as senior managerial roles with IBM Canada and Bombardier Aerospace. She served on the Aerospace Industry Association of Canada, the Ontario Aerospace Council and the Women in Aerospace Association joint government/industry change initiatives.

    In these roles, Leona worked to change the way multi-million dollar government contracts were structured, evaluated and awarded. At Bombardier she was responsible for...

  • Terry Beech
    Terry Beech
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Science

    Terry Beech is an accomplished and experienced entrepreneur, educator, and advocate for access to education and the expansion of entrepreneurship. Terry entered public service 15 years ago when he was elected as a city councillor in Nanaimo. 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.

    An Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, Terry was the author of “The In-Credibility Factor,” which highlights his desire for Canada to...

  • Bill Blair
    Bill Blair
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

    Raised in Scarborough and the son of a police officer, Bill Blair learned at an early age that “serve” comes before “protect” for a reason. He served 39 years with the Toronto Police Force, the last decade as its Chief of Police.

    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. He was honoured in 2013 by the...

  • Randy Boissonnault
    Randy Boissonnault
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage

    Prior to his election, Randy Boissonnault was 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...

  • Celina Caesar-Chavannes
    Celina Caesar-Chavannes
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister

    Celina is a successful entrepreneur and the recipient of both 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. Celina was a well-known research consultant and worked with a variety of private, government and non-government organizations.

    An international lecturer on the inclusion of marginalized populations in clinical research, Celina has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, an MBA in Healthcare Management, and an Executive MBA from the Rotman...

  • Sean Casey
    Sean Casey
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

    Sean Casey was Managing Partner of the Charlottetown law firm of Stewart McKelvey. He joined Stewart McKelvey in 1989, becoming a Partner in 1993, and was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2008.

    From 2003 to 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. He was first elected in the 2011 General Election and has since served as Veterans Affairs and...

  • Serge Cormier
    Serge Cormier
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

    The son of an inshore fisher, Serge Cormier is a lifelong resident of Acadie–Bathurst.

    Mr. Cormier 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, social, and cultural issues. Serge continued as a policy analyst in the Office of the Official Opposition and, as an assistant to the current Premier, the Honourable Brian Gallant, was...

  • Rodger Cuzner
    Rodger Cuzner
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

    Rodger Cuzner was elected as Member of Parliament for Bras d’Or-Cape Breton in 2000 and was re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011.  He has served as a member of the Standing Committee for Canadian Heritage, Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, and as critic for Veterans Affairs.  He was also appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister in 2003 and later served as Chief Whip of the Official Opposition. He most recently served as the critic for Employment and Social Development and for Labour. 

    Rodger earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human...

  • Anju Dhillon
    Anju Dhillon
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Status of Women

    Anju was born and raised in the riding of Dorval–Lachine–LaSalle, 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, an Honours Bachelor of Law from Université de Montréal and a Juris Doctor from the Université de Sherbrooke.

    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...

  • Emmanuel Dubourg
    Emmanuel Dubourg
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue

    Born in Haiti, in 1958, Emmanuel Dubourg emigrated 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).

    He also obtained an Executive MBA from UQAM and completed “triple play”—becoming a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified General Accountant, and a member of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec (CA).

    Mr. Dubourg began his professional career in 1985 as auditor in one of the largest Canadian...

  • Terry Duguid
    Terry Duguid
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

    Terry Duguid 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...

  • Greg Fergus
    Greg Fergus
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

    Greg Fergus has worked as a senior policy advisor in a number of ministerial offices. 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 readily gets involved in his community. He was a board member of a seniors residence, a parish council, neighbourhood associations, and school committees. He also sat on citizens’ committees with the City of Gatineau, coached community sports teams, advised youth-at-risk organizations and served on the boards of organizations defending regional interests...

  • Pamela Goldsmith-Jones
    Pamela Goldsmith-Jones
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

    Pamela Goldsmith-Jones is a lifetime resident and former mayor of West Vancouver. For twenty years, she has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to citizen engagement. She is known as a bridge-builder, bringing diverse views together through her open and inclusive approach to the creation and implementation of public policy.

    As mayor, Pam empowered citizens in their leadership efforts. She gave special attention to environmental conservation in West Vancouver, working on projects such as banning the use of cosmetic pesticides, the reduction of solid waste, and the restoration of...

  • Mark Holland
    Mark Holland
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Democratic Institutions

    Mark Holland was the 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 Ajax his entire life and served as its Member of Parliament from 2004 to 2011.

    As a Member of Parliament, Mark was responsible for many high-profile portfolios. He was Critic for Natural Resources, and for Public Safety and National Security.  In the latter role, he fiercely defended frontline police officers and victims of crime, and opposed cuts to crime prevention and victim...

  • Gudie Hutchings
    Gudie Hutchings
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Small Business and Tourism

    Born and raised in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, Gudie Hutchings is proud to call the Humber Valley home.

    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 was also 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...

  • Yvonne Jones
    Yvonne Jones
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

    Prior to her election to the House of Commons in May 2013, Yvonne Jones had been a member of the House of Assembly (MHA) of Newfoundland and Labrador for Cartwright-L’anse au Clair, since 1996.  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 woman in the province to be appointed Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. She was also the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women.

    Ms. Jones was appointed Interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and...

  • Kamal Khera
    Kamal Khera
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health

    A registered nurse, community volunteer and political activist, Kamal Khera is passionate about improving the lives of those around her.

    A first-generation Canadian, Kamal immigrated to Canada from Delhi, India, at a very young age. She attended York University where she earned her Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology and her Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

    Drawn to assisting others, Kamal gained diverse experience in the health field through her professional experience with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Peel Family Shelter, and William Osler Health...

  • David Lametti
    David Lametti
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade

    David Lametti was a Full Professor in the Faculty of Law at McGill University specializing in property, intellectual property as well as private and comparative law. He was also a member of McGill University’s Quebec Research Centre of Private and Comparative Law and a co-founder and member of the McGill Centre for Intellectual Property Policy. He served as the Associate Dean (Academic) of the Faculty of Law, McGill University, from 2008 to 2011. Multilingual, David has taught at the university level in French, English and Italian.

    In addition to his responsibilities as a professor...

  • Kevin Lamoureux
    Kevin Lamoureux
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

    In 2010, Kevin Lamoureux 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...

  • Stéphane Lauzon
    Stéphane Lauzon
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Sport 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...

  • Andrew Leslie
    Andrew Leslie
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

    Born into a multi-generational military family, Andrew enjoyed a decorated 35-year career with the Canadian Armed Forces. His career has included a variety of command and staff positions in numerous overseas postings with the UN and NATO. In addition to his extensive military experience in Canada, involving disaster relief in floods and the 1998 Quebec ice storm, Andrew has served on international missions, including leading troops in Germany, Cyprus, the former Yugoslavia, and, most recently, Afghanistan. In 2006, he became Chief of the Land Staff/Army Commander, a position he held until...

  • Karen McCrimmon
    Karen McCrimmon
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

    A Canadian Forces pioneer, Karen McCrimmon honed her leadership and team-building abilities in the service of her country. Karen joined the Canadian Forces 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...

  • The Honourable John McKay
    The Honourable John McKay
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence

    John McKay was first elected to the House of Commons in 1997.

    During his time as a Member of Parliament he served as Chair of the Caucus Committee on Economic Prosperity, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, and as a Member of both the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration and the Sub-Committee on Organized Crime. He was also a Member of the Standing Committee on Finance.

    Prior to his parliamentary career, as a practicing lawyer, Mr. McKay was President of the Durham Law Association...

  • Joyce Murray
    Joyce Murray
    Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board

    Joyce Murray 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, as well as being the critic for National 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...

  • Michel Picard
    Michel Picard
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

    Michel Picard is an expert in financial crime and is the author of several articles and books on the subject. He has worked for a number of employers in both the private and public sectors, most notably for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Integrated Market Enforcement Team on its investigation of the Norbourg file.

    Michel also 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...

  • Jean-Claude Poissant
    Jean-Claude Poissant
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

    Jean-Claude Poissant was born in Saint-Philippe, Quebec and has lived there all his life. He is well known as a very active member of the community in La Prairie. In addition to being a former municipal councillor and the Director of the Maison des jeunes de Saint-Philippe, he was also one of the founding members of Maison de répit, a rest home for farmers. He was the fourth generation to operate his family’s dairy and grain farm. A father of two, he is very proud to see his son follow in his footsteps.

    Jean-Claude cares deeply about the interests of farmers in his region and in...

  • Pablo Rodriguez
    Pablo Rodriguez
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

    Originally from Argentina, Pablo Rodriguez and his family settled in Canada as political refugees who fled the political regime of the time.

    A graduate in business administration, Pablo worked in the field of international development for nearly ten years for a Montréal based non-governmental organization. During those years, he was responsible for the management and evaluation of development projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. An active supporter of aid to developing countries as well as the fight against poverty, he has collaborated with many organisations...

  • Kim Rudd
    Kim Rudd
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources

    Kim Rudd 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...

  • Peter Schiefke
    Peter Schiefke
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth)

    From a young age, growing up in Hudson, Quebec, Peter Schiefke 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...

  • Adam Vaughan
    Adam Vaughan
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Intergovernmental Affairs)

    Adam Vaughan was first elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Trinity-Spadina on June 30, 2014. Prior to that, he was elected twice to Toronto City Council. As an activist and 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 Toronto’s public housing policy. He led successful campaigns to rebuild and revitalize existing public housing while initiating new policies to create family housing,...

  • Arif Virani
    Arif Virani
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

    Arif Virani, a former Ugandan Asian refugee, has spent the past fourteen years 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...

  • Jonathan Wilkinson
    Jonathan Wilkinson
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

    Jonathan Wilkinson 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, provided him with extensive experience in the energy and environmental technology sectors. Jonathan had previously worked at Bain and Company, a leading global management consultancy.

    A Rhodes Scholar, Jonathan made use of his...

  • Kate Young
    Kate Young
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport

    Best known as the first female news anchor on CFPL-TV, in London, Ontario, 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.

    As a community organizer, Kate has volunteered much of her free time with...