Alaina Lockhart was elected in October, 2015 as a Liberal Member of Parliament in the riding of Fundy Royal, New Brunswick. She now also the Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Tourism, and a Member of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science, and Technology.
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.
The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, 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.
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.
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.