Conrad Desjarlais is a proud member of the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation (Treaty 8) and is the current Chair of Indigenous Peoples’ Commission-British Columbia of the Liberal Party of Canada. Conrad has a long history working in the Urban Indigenous community and was part of the initial formation of the Greater Vancouver Urban Aboriginal Strategy Steering Committee, where he also became involved with the Urban Aboriginal Strategy (UAS) on a national level. He also served on the Aboriginal Homelessness Steering Committee of BC as a service provider representative and also as Chair.
Conrad was involved in the process leading up to the historic Kelowna Accord as a participant at the Canada-Aboriginal Peoples Roundtable, Lifelong Learning Sectoral Session. These unique experiences has pushed Conrad to advocate for better indigenous policy development at the federal level and with all levels of government.
Conrad also has a long background as a federal Liberal. He was an elected delegate at The Liberal Party of Canada leadership election of 2006 in Montréal and was part of the Ken Dryden leadership campaign’s BC team. Most recently he was a delegate at the last Liberal Biennial Convention in Winnipeg.
Conrad has been very fortunate to combine his indigenous background and Liberal background to provide support on two separate Liberal campaigns with First Nation candidates, in the ridings of Vancouver East and Vancouver-Granville.
In addition to Conrad‘s role as Chair of the Indigenous People Commissions of British Columbia he also sits on the Executive of the Liberal Party of British Columbia and the Vancouver-Granville Federal Liberal Riding Association.
Candidate For:National Board of Directors > Party Secretary
Born and raised in the Oshawa-Whitby area in Ontario, Saminder (Sam) became involved in politics at a very young age. Her passion and love for politics set her on a journey as a young Liberal at the age of 16. She took on a number of roles on the Student Council, with the Ontario Secondary School Student’s Association, and as a United Nations Youth Delegate. 26 years later, she is just as passionate and dedicated to politics and the Liberal Party as when she was as a youth.
During her post-graduate studies in Hamilton and in Winnipeg, Sam continued to volunteer with the Liberals in various ridings, organizing many women’s clubs and working with a number of MPs in their constituents’ offices. In 2003, Sam was selected as a provincial Liberal candidate in Manitoba. Following the election, she was hired as Director of the National Women’s Liberal Commission (NWLC) and she also provided support to the Aboriginal Peoples’ Commission at the Liberal Party’s National Headquarters. She has served as Vice President for the Carleton Riding Association and most recently as Vice President Ontario for the NWLC. She has also represented the NWLC at National Executive meetings as Interim President.
Sam and her husband, Nav of nearly 15 years, have two beautiful boys, Eshaan (7 years old) and Nivaan (4 years old). She is a dedicated and proud mother who hopes that her children will embrace the Liberal values that she believes in and have the same opportunities to serve Canadians as she has had. In addition to her dedication to her family and the Party, Sam is an active member of the community and devotes her time to support many charities and not-for-profit organizations.
Sam strongly believes that by being a part of the Liberal family, she will make a significant and meaningful contribution to the future of Canada – where the economy will be strong, the environment will be clean and green, the workplace will be respectful and most of all, where race, gender and sexual orientation will not apply.
Candidate For:National Board of Directors > President
Suzanne was born and raised in Halifax. After completing her studies at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Suzanne began a successful career in Communications. Her passion for politics led her to Ottawa, first working in the Senate, then for several Cabinet Ministers before moving to Toronto to work in the Premier’s office.
While working in the private sector in Toronto, Suzanne joined Justin Trudeau’s leadership campaign and held a central role in the 2015 federal campaign.
A lifelong Liberal, Suzanne is currently the National Vice-President (English) of the National Board of Directors for the Liberal Party of Canada. When not out knocking on doors, Suzanne works as a Vice President at Park Lawn Corporation in Toronto.
Suzanne is the proud mother of two amazing girls, Clara and Grace. Like all parents, she wants to leave the world a better place for her children. That’s why she has remained a devoted Liberal all her life. Suzanne knows that with our strong economy and Liberal values, Canada is once again emerging as a persuasive example of a progressive leading nation.
To maintain this momentum, Suzanne believes we need to capture the imagination, and the hearts, of Canadians so that everyone sees themselves reflected within the Liberal family and represented by the Liberal government. This, she believes, will be the key to another victory in 2019.
Candidate For:National Board of Directors > Vice-President (English)
Mira is running to become the next Vice President (English) of the Liberal Party of Canada at the upcoming national convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Mira has been proudly volunteering for the Liberal Party of Canada for nearly a decade. While attending John Abbott College, Mira created the first YLC club on campus – the first formal organization of Young Liberals in Western Montreal, and she later headed the YLC club at Concordia University.
After volunteering with the Young Liberals of Canada (Quebec) as President, Mira ran for and became National President of the Young Liberals of Canada in 2015. She started her term at the Biennial Convention in Winnipeg in May 2016, which she co-chaired alongside Randy Boissonault, Rebecca Chartrand and Terry Duguid.
Mira was very active on Team Trudeau in Montreal during the 2015 election campaign. She was campaign manager for Frank Baylis’ nomination – now Member of Parliament for Pierrefonds-Dollard. She also notably managed Rachel Bendayan’s campaign in Outremont, which under her leadership increased the Liberal vote share by 18% against former NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair.
As President of the Young Liberals of Canada, Mira has been committed to working closely with Canadian youth to champion progressive causes building towards 2019. She developed and implemented the YLC’s new charter, paving the way for a more open and effective commission, with the most transparent and engaging policy process we have ever seen. Under her presidency, the YLC grew by an additional 10 campus clubs, for a total of 60 from coast to coast to coast. It also established nearly 40 new youth riding clubs and grew the YLC membership by 15,000 registered Liberals.
Candidate For:National Board of Directors > Vice-President (English)
Bang-Gu Jiang is a first-generation Canadian, practicing lawyer, community leader, and working mother.
Born in Sichuan, China, Bang-Gu obtained her first law degree in Beijing and worked as an assistant professor at the China University of Political Science and Law. She immigrated to Canada in 1989 and continued her education at Centennial College and York University. Bang-Gu obtained her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2003, completed her articles in the Law Division of Ontario Power Generation, and has been running her own law practice since 2004.
An advocate and active community leader, Bang-Gu has served as President of the Sichuan Association of Canada, President of the Canada-China Realty Professional Association, Vice-President of the Chinese Professionals Association of Canada, and currently serves as a founding director of the ACCT Foundation. She was pivotal in spearheading local relief efforts in response to the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. In 2013 she was appointed, and in 2015 re-appointed, to the York Region Police Services Board by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Bang-Gu was a recipient of the Chinese Business Excellence Award (Social and Community Influence). She is also a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient.
In 2014, Bang-Gu won the nomination to represent the riding of Markham-Unionville in the 2015 federal election as a member of Team Trudeau.
Bang-Gu is the mother of two children. Her son graduated from the Harvard Law School and works as a lawyer; her daughter is currently enrolled at the University of Toronto.
The Liberal Party reflects Bang-Gu’s values as a Canadian, and she shares the Party’s vision for Canada’s future. Bang-Gu has worked with the Liberal Party in multiple capacities—through the Markham-Unionville Riding Association, as a candidate for federal office, and co-cooperatively with other riding associations. Serving as Vice-President (English), Bang-Gu will build upon these connections and experiences to help the Liberal Party secure another electoral victory in 2019. She will leverage her skills as an organizer, connector, and mediator to bring diverse perspectives and constituencies to the table, and to advance the Party’s vision of a more dynamic and inclusive Canada.
Candidate For:National Board of Directors > Vice-President (French)
Elise Bartlett has a Bachelor of Law from Université Laval and was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 2009. During her studies and early career, she specialized in administrative law and immigration. Since 2013, she is both an administrator and owner of a family business and pursues her law practice. Elise is married and has three wonderful children.
An active member of the Liberal Party of Canada for almost 15 years, Elise has held various positions including Vice-President Young Women on the Young Liberals Board of Canada (Quebec) and the Board of the Liberal Party of Canada (Quebec), and being a committed activist in her riding’s association.
For the past three years, she has served as the Legal and Constitutional Counsel (French) on the National Board of the Liberal Party of Canada. She participated in the elaboration of the new Constitution – an innovative project to make the Liberal Party more open and accessible, which was a rewarding experience for her.
Her passion for involvement comes from her profound desire to give back to her country. Forging the society of tomorrow and making a difference has been, from a very young age, at the heart of Elise’s motivation. Her greatest desire is to contribute to a legacy of a more just and equal society for future generations.
Candidate For:National Womens’ Liberal Commission > National Chair
Amy is running to be the Chair of the National Liberal Women’s Commission because her instinct when to comes to Party engagement is to say ‘Hi, I’m a Liberal, how can I help?’. Leading the BC section of the NWLC since December 2016 has allowed Amy the perfect intersection between partisan engagement and her day job.
Professionally, Amy specializes in diversity and inclusion policy, fund development and advancement strategy. She helps organizations advance their ideas, revenue and diversity goals through policy and practice as Principal at AR Inclusive Strategy and Advancement. She is currently working on a proprietary auditing framework to apply a maturity model to the hard and soft policies that govern inclusive behaviour within organizations.
Amy’s party volunteer experience includes: Election Day Manager for Gordie Hogg’s 2017 by-election, Election Day Co-Chair for Jody Wilson-Raybould’s 2015 campaign, Office Manager for Arnold Chan’s 2014 by-election, volunteer on dozens of by-election and nomination campaigns, and being a former nomination contestant in Scarborough Southwest.
As Chair of the BCWLC Amy has overseen the renewal of the section with the recruitment of a strategic combination of new and seasoned table officers, developed ‘Managing Diversity for the Win’ – implicit bias training for EDAs and campaigns, presented on implicit bias in the party to caucus, and facilitated the engagement of countless new women into meaningful volunteer positions within the party.
Amy is the former Director of Partnership & Engagement for Minerva BC, the cofounder of FundHer.ca – a cross-partisan fundraising solution for women political candidates in the 2011 Ontario provincial election, and the 2009 winner of the CBC’s Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister. She has appeared on CBC, CPAC, and German broadcaster ZDF and spoken to groups such as the Canada School of Public Service and Elections Canada about women in politics, implicit bias, and civic engagement. She is currently a regular contributor to the political panel on CBC Radio’s On the Coast.
Amy and her husband call Vancouver home. Her passion for practical ways to harness the diversity dividend, create economic inclusion, opportunity and prosperity for all inform everything she does.
Before retiring and re-settling in Callander Ontario (in 2001) Doug owned and operated a commercial printing plant and published a weekly newspaper for 20 years in northwestern Ontario. During those years he served his community as a Rotarian (1981-2001), two terms as a municipal councillor, two terms as a public school board trustee, and volunteer service as a director with several community-based organizations.
Following completion of a new family home in Callander, outside of North Bay, Doug continued in public service for eight years as a municipal councillor and as a volunteer director with several community development organizations. He continues as a volunteer director on two regional development boards in the North Bay area.
Doug has been a member of the Liberal Party of Canada in the electoral district of Nipissing-Timiskaming and has volunteered in several capacities in federal election campaigns since 2004. In 2009, he was elected as EDA Vice-President, southern region, and has continued serving as Executive Vice-President since 2011.
In January 2009, Doug became volunteer administrator of En Famille, the Liberal Party of Canada’s first online community forum for party members and, for a short time, as administrator of another party initiative – Forum Liberalis.
Doug has been Communications Chair with the Senior Liberals’ Commission (SLC) for the past 3 years, vice-chair of the Charter Committee (2017) and has also served as the Ontario Section Chair since February 2017.
Doug chose to compete for the Co-chair (English) position with the Senior Liberals’ Commission at this year’s General Meeting on April 19 during the LPC Convention in Halifax for a few reasons. As the Commission’s Communications Chair for the past three years he has become acutely aware of areas that need serious improvement;
Our policy development process needs to be more streamlined, ongoing, user-friendly, and open to senior Registered Liberals all across Canada.
Our network must grow by increasing the number of seniors’ clubs and connecting with seniors’ representatives on electoral district association boards;
Our members must be directly involved in determining how our Commission works for them through open communication.
Candidate For:Young Liberals’ Commission > National Chair
Erin Brown was born in Nova Scotia and credits her hometown for teaching her the power of grassroots organizing and community. She became involved in politics in 2013 as a youth coordinator for the Nova Scotia provincial election. In 2014, she was a volunteer during the Dartmouth-Cole Harbour Liberal candidate nomination, and then campaigned for the riding until August 2015 as the Canvass and Day of Action Chair. In September 2015, she left her position with Dartmouth-Cole Harbour, and joined the Halifax Liberal team to be the Canvass Coordinator, to secure a Liberal win for a riding that hadn’t seen a Liberal Member of Parliament in almost twenty-years.
Erin is a team-player. She knows that the best teams are ones where everyone feels that their work is valuable, and that their input is included in decision-making. She hopes to lead the Young Liberals of Canada for the next two-years and re-strategize our supports for riding and campus clubs, build a stronger national partnership, and prioritize effective internal communications for volunteer coordination. In 2015, our Liberal team made significant gains across the country, and we will need fresh ideas and perspectives to ensure another Liberal victory. Erin has the experience and skillset needed to support the Young Liberals in achieving our shared goals.
Candidate For:Young Liberals’ Commission > National Chair
David’s history as a Liberal is similar to that of many Young Liberals – beginning at twelve years old, door knocking in his home province of New Brunswick. Since then, he’s held several positions with the New Brunswick Young Liberals and is currently seated as the Vice-President Federal. David spent the 2015 election in Kelowna, BC, with then candidate, MP Stephen Fuhr. This wasn’t his first stop working for a BC Member of Parliament. In 2013, he spent the year working for Dr. Hedy Fry, while attending the University of Ottawa. The victory in 2015 gave David the opportunity to once again work on Parliament Hill, this time for MP Wayne Long as his Legislative Assistant. David has since returned to New Brunswick and has continued to work for Wayne, while completing his undergrad in Economics, Marketing and French at the University of New Brunswick. He is proud to call himself a lifelong Liberal and looks forward to offering his experience as your next President of the Young Liberals of Canada.
Having had the opportunity to travel from Charlottetown to Vancouver, and pretty well everywhere in between, David has had an incredible time meeting and sharing ideas with Young Liberals. The membership of our organization is excited and prepared for the next election, and it is clear that David is proud to stand as the candidate committed to focusing the YLC national executive on the grassroots of our organization. Developing a solution for the Young Liberals that recognizes the geographic and demographic diversity in our country is critical to being ready for 2019.
Candidate For:Young Liberals’ Commission > National Communications Chair
Born and raised in Beautiful British Columbia, Amarit has been actively involved in politics for a number of years and found her passion doing so. She first became active in politics during the 2014 municipal election in Kelowna campaigning with Mayor Colin Basran.
In 2015, Amarit became highly involved with Liberal Party of Canada Federal Election with Member of Parliament Stephen Fuhr. She is proud to have contributed to his election victory, and believes that a key to future electoral successes hinges on having excited, hardworking young volunteers and staff. Since then, she actively became involved with her riding in Kelowna – Lake Country and currently holds positions on the EDA and BC Women’s Liberal Commission as a secretary.
As a proud Young Liberal, Amarit has helped re-established the Young Liberals Campus Club at UBC Okanagan as well as establishing one at Okanagan College. She believes it is absolutely essential to the long-term success of our party to engage young people of all ages and levels and work with them every day to harness their enthusiasm, energy, and commitment to the LPC’s foundational values.
Candidate For:Young Liberals’ Commission > National Finance Chair
Daniel Escott was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Growing up with leadership roles in both the Church Lads’ Brigade and the Canadian Air Cadet program, he became a known face in the community. Daniel’s community involvement and service were recognized after he was awarded the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards. Daniel graduated from Holy Heart of May high school in June 2013 as a Scholar of the Advanced Placement program. He was accepted by the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Pilot, and by the Royal Military College of Canada to study astrophysics at their Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec campus, beginning in August 2013. Daniel’s studies continued until April 2014, when he transferred back to Memorial University to begin studying business administration. Daniel completed his Bachelor of Business Administration in December 2017.
Daniel started his first company in September of 2015. Uni Software Productions was created in a partnership to develop a mobile peer-to-peer marketplace application for students to buy and sell used goods. Numerous products emerged because of this development, ranging from standardized mobile application frameworks to the “Uni” marketplace app. For his innovative work, Daniel was awarded both the Peter & Janet Gardiner Award for Small Business & Entrepreneurship, and the James R. Pearcey Award for Entrepreneurship, by Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Administration.
First becoming involved with the Young Liberals of Canada through a colleague at Memorial University, Daniel was elected the Director of Organization for the Memorial University Campus Club in April 2016. In September 2016 his involvement grew, being elected as the Vice President, Finance for Newfoundland and Labrador. As VP Finance for Newfoundland and Labrador, Daniel led accounting, fundraising, and resource allocation efforts that culminated in the Halifax 2017 Atlantic Youth Caucus. In 2017 Daniel was elected Vice President of Finance for the Memorial University Campus Club, and in April was appointed the Young Liberals of Canada’s Finance and Fundraising Director for the Atlantic Region, serving on the YLC national fundraising committee. Daniel has the experience, skillset, and academic background to modernize and support the Young Liberals of Canada.
Candidate For:Young Liberals’ Commission > National Finance Chair
Hannah Wieler was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but considers Oakville, Ontario her home. Hannah has always been interested in politics – a third-generation Liberal in Oakville, she received her Liberal Party of Canada membership card on her fourteenth birthday. Deeply involved in politics in her home riding, she has served on the Oakville Federal Liberal Association Board of Directors since 2015 been elected Vice-President of the Oakville Federal Young Liberals in 2014, and served as the Phone Bank Coordinator for John Oliver’s 2015 winning election campaign.
Moving to Ottawa in 2015, Hannah is currently in her third year of a Political Science and Economics degree at the University of Ottawa. She got involved with the Young Liberals immediately, and has served as the First Year Representative, Director of Communications, and currently as President of the University of Ottawa Young Liberals, one of the largest and most active campus clubs in Canada. Hannah was also elected to the inaugural Young Liberals of Canada (Ontario) executive in November 2017 as the Executive Director, English. She also currently works on the Hill as a Parliamentary Assistant to a Member of Parliament.
With extensive experience at the riding, campus, and provincial levels of the Young Liberals, Hannah understands the importance of supporting the grassroots of the Young Liberals through funding, ensuring that the Young Liberals are financially prepared for the 2019 election. Hannah knows the value of a transparent and accessible system for funding requests, and that the Young Liberals of Canada national executive should be a resource to support local engagement, rather than a bureaucratic system that discourages involvement. Hannah’s experience throughout the Young Liberals organization, her passion for youth engagement, and her plan for a more supportive and empowering relationship between national executive, provincial/territorial boards and grassroots clubs make her the right choice for Young Liberals of Canada National Finance Chair
Candidate For:Young Liberals’ Commission > National Organization Chair
Ray was born in Sydney, Australia and moved to his new home in Halifax in 2009. Ray is currently the leader of the Nova Scotia branch of the Young Liberals of Canada. In that role, he has more than doubled the number of campus clubs and reached out to thousands of young Nova Scotians through social media and events. Ray served as Deputy Campaign Manager to the Honorable Patricia Arab during the 2017 Nova Scotia election, and he worked on the successful campaigns of Andy Fillmore, who unseated Deputy NDP Leader Megan Leslie. Ray also worked on Geoff Regan’s Campaign in 2015. In 2013, he served as the Honorable Patricia Arab’s Youth Chair in her first successful provincial campaign. Ray currently works as the Honorable Patricia Arab’s Legislative Assistant and Outreach Coordinator.
From a very young age, Ray has been passionate about helping others and serving his community. During his high school years, Ray served as the Co-President of the Halifax West High School Student Government. In that role, Ray spearheaded the annual fundraiser in support of cancer research, Head for a Cure. That year, Halifax West broke their record and raised an incredible $20,000 for cancer research. When Fort McMurray was battling the worst fires our country had seen in years, Ray led a fundraiser to provide relief to the families in need. Ray has always seen the importance of engaging youth in the political process. As Prime Minister Trudeau often says, “youth are not just the leaders of tomorrow, they are the leaders of today.” Ray takes every opportunity to advocate for youth and their interests.
Ray volunteers with ISANS, a group that helps refugees and newcomers settle into their new homes in Nova Scotia.
Ray served as the Student Chair of CSLC, during its 2015 conference in Halifax. It is the largest youth leadership event in Canada. It brings together student leaders from across the country, to share ideas and celebrate the success of countless student organizations.
Ray hopes to involve and empower youth across our country and bring them into the political process to build momentum for the 2019 election.
Candidate For:Young Liberals’ Commission > National Vice-Chair (French)
A Political Science Major at Concordia University, Étienne has been involved in politics since his high school days. Initially joining the Liberal Party in 2013 in order to vote in the party’s election, he eventually started volunteering with the Young Liberals of Canada (Quebec), and became a board member on his home riding’s Liberal EDA.
During the summer of 2014, Étienne joined Peter Schiefke’s campaign for the Liberal Party nomination in Vaudreuil-Soulanges as an intern. Following Schiefke’s victory, he was promoted to a senior position as the campaign’s canvassing manager, a position he held over the course of the 2015 General Election. Under his leadership, the campaign achieved record canvassing numbers, which played a major role in Schiefke’s eventual election as Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges. He remains deeply involved in his riding, and has worked for Schiefke under different capacities since then.
Following the election, Étienne maintained his involvement with the Liberal Party by joining the Young Liberals of Canada (Québec) board as Vice-President Operations. Following the end of his term, he successfully ran for the position of VP West on the YLCQ, a position which also gave him the opportunity to sit on the Liberal Party of Canada (Québec) board.
Étienne is passionate about progressive politics, inclusivity, and bilingualism; these are, in fact, the values which he seeks to bring with him onto the Young Liberals of Canada’s executive.
June is running for the position of Vice President of Policy for the Young Liberals of Canada at the national convention in Halifax. She is a third-year Political Science and Canadian Studies student at McGill University. June is a passionate Liberal, and currently the President of the Young Liberals of McGill where she has worked to grow the base of Young Liberal support at McGill for the past three years. Previously, she has been the VP-Communications of Liberal McGill for the 2016-2017 school year.
Leadership experience and distinctions include McGill Varsity Golf MVP, Photographer for WeDay Montreal, Dean’s List Honour Roll for McGill, President of Student Committee, Pickering College Valedictorian, Widdrington Award for Student Leadership and the University of Toronto Book Award. June previously worked for Golf Canada (2017) organizing golf championships across Canada.
June is a team player, organized and innovative. She is a dedicated student-athlete, earning a spot on the Dean’s Honour Roll and Student-Athlete Honour Roll. The time spent through student leadership, both with the Liberal Party and through student government positions, has taught valuable skills such as teamwork, organization, problem-solving and effective communication.
If elected to VP-Policy of the YLC, June would prioritize educational platforms to make sure that every Young Liberal has the resources to produce sound policy. An extension of this would also include a ‘Where are they now’ campaign outlining the successful trajectory of policies from the YLC. Additionally, she would ensure that every step of the voting process is bilingual for policies and ensure an online space where campus clubs and associations can store their policies with the YLC year round. She looks forward to meeting with more Young Liberals in Halifax.
Candidate For:Young Liberals’ Commission > Women's Representative of the Young Liberals
Sarah Thomas is currently in her first year at the University of British Columbia.She is the membership officer at the UBC YLC and helps out the Vancouver Quadra EDA where she has recruited new members to the club and helped them get involved.
Her goals as Women’s Representative to the YLC are: finding and fostering young talented women, making the role intersectional, and making harassment policies transparent.Her experience gives her the tools to accomplish these objectives.As an intern on the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and then going on to co-found Colorado Votes, a grassroots organization, she has the skills and self motivation to make a difference.
Sarah looks forward to meeting you in Halifax and working hard towards the success of our party.