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.
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.