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Alaina Lockhart

MP, Fundy Royal

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 … More

Alexandra Mendès

MP, Brossard—Saint-Lambert

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 … More

Alexandre Cusson

Mayor of Drummondville and President, UMQ

Alexandre Cusson holds a master's degree in education from the Université de Sherbrooke and has also received a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Mayor … More

Anita Vandenbeld

MP, Ottawa West-Nepean

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 … More

Anju Dhillon

MP, Dorval—Lachine—LaSalle

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 … More

Anna Gainey

President of the Liberal Party of Canada

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Anne Johnson

Managing Principal, Grassroots Solutions

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Bernadette Jordan

MP, South Shore—St. Margarets

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 … More

Bill Casey

MP, Cumberland–Colchester

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 … More

Blue Knox

Field Manager, Liberal Party of Canada

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Caroline Codsi

President & Founder, Women in Governance

A passionate and strategic leader, Caroline has had a successful career in the corporate world for over 25 years including the past decade in VP and SVP roles within major organizations. Caroline has now decided to … More

Celina Caesar-Chavannes

MP, Whitby

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 … More

Chris MacInnes

Campaign Co-Chair, Liberal Party of Canada

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Christine Poirier

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Churence Rogers

MP, Bonavista-Burin-Trinity

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Colin Fraser

MP, West Nova

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 … More

Daniel Vandal

MP, Saint-Boniface–Saint-Vital

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 … More

David Axelrod

Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama

David Axelrod is a veteran of American politics and journalism and the former chief strategist and senior advisor to President Barack Obama. He currently serves as founder and director of the University of Chicago's … More

Don Rusnak

MP, Thunder Bay–Rainy River

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 … More

Dr. Danielle Martin

Champion for fairness in Canadian health care

Danielle's policy expertise and passion for equity have made her a leader in the debate over the future of Canada's health care system, as well as abroad. Danielle Martin is a family physician and Associate … More

Emmanuella Lambropoulos

MP, Saint-Laurent

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 … More

Frances MacAulay

Teacher

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Francis Scarpaleggia

MP, Lac-Saint-Louis

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 … More

Gerald Butts

Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of Canada

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Gordie Hogg

MP, South Surrey-White Rock

Gordie Hogg is an accomplished community leader with a proven record of public service. Having served as Mayor of White Rock, as a BC Cabinet Minister, and as a Member of the BC Legislative Assembly, … More

Gudie Hutchings

MP, Long Range Mountains

Gudie Hutchings is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Long Range Mountains. Born and raised in Corner Brook, she is proud to call the Humber Valley home. With a focus on consultation and … More

Hassan Yussuff

President, Canadian Labor Congress

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Hon. Ahmed Hussen

MP, York South-Weston

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 … More

Hon. Amarjeet Sohi

MP, Edmonton—Mill Woods

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 … More

Hon. Bardish Chagger

MP, Waterloo

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 … More

Hon. Bill Morneau

MP, Toronto Centre

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, … More

Hon. Brian Gallant

Premier of New Brunswick

Brian Gallant was born in Shediac Bridge, New Brunswick. His father, Pierre, is the youngest of seven children and a proud Acadian. His mother, Marilyn (née Scholten), is one of 17 siblings born to Dutch … More

Hon. Carolyn Bennett

MP, Toronto–St. Paul’s

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. … More

Hon. Catherine McKenna

MP, Ottawa Centre

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 … More

Hon. Diane Lebouthillier

MP, Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine

As the former elected warden for the Regional County Municipality of Rocher Percé and owner of La Ferme du Petit Moulin, an outfitting operation, The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, is profoundly familiar … More

Hon. Dominic LeBlanc

MP, Beauséjour

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 … More

Hon. Dwight Ball

Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Hon. François-Philippe Champagne

MP, Saint-Maurice–Champlain

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 … More

Hon. Ginette Petitpas-Taylor

MP, Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe

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 … More

Hon. Harjit Sajjan

MP, Vancouver South

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 … More

Hon. Hedy Fry

MP, Vancouver Centre

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 … More

Hon. Jane Philpott

MP, Markham–Stouffville

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 … More

Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos

MP, Québec

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, … More

Hon. Jim Carr

MP, Winnipeg South Centre

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 … More

Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould

MP, Vancouver Granville

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, … More

Hon. Kathleen Wynne

Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party and Premier of Ontario

Kathleen Wynne is Ontario’s 25th Premier. Since taking office in 2013, she has been focused on growing Ontario’s economy and creating jobs by investing in infrastructure, building a low-carbon economy, and expanding access to high-quality … More

Hon. Kirsty Duncan

MP, Etobicoke North

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 … More

Hon. Lawrence MacAulay

MP, Cardigan

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, … More

Hon. Marc Garneau

MP, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Westmount

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 … More

Hon. Maryam Monsef

MP, Peterborough-Kawartha

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, … More

Hon. Mélanie Joly

MP, Ahuntsic-Cartierville

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 … More

Hon. Navdeep Bains

MP, Mississauga–Malton

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 … More

Hon. Roméo Dallaire

Founder, Roméo Dallaire Child Soliders Initiative

Lieutenant-General (ret) The Honorable Roméo A. Dallaire General Roméo Dallaire is founder of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, a global partnership with the mission to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers. A celebrated … More

Hon. Scott Brison

MP, Kings–Hants

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 … More

Hon. Seamus O’Regan

MP, St. John's South–Mount Pearl

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 … More

Hon. Stephen McNeil

Premier of Nova Scotia

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Hon. Wade MacLauchlan

Premier of Prince Edward Island

The Honourable H. Wade MacLauchlan was sworn in as Premier of Prince Edward Island on February 23, 2015. Prior to entering provincial politics, Wade served as the University of Prince Edward Island President from 1999 to … More

James Curleigh

Executive Vice President and President, Levi's Global Brands

James 'JC' Curleigh is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia and has lived across Canada and around the world. He is currently the Global President of the Levi's Brand, and the Executive Vice President of Levi … More

Janet Hazelton

President, Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union

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Jenny Gerbasi

Winnipeg City Counsillor

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Jonathan Wilkinson

MP, North Vancouver

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 … More

Joyce Murray

MP, Vancouver Quadra

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 … More

Julie Lalonde

Women’s Rights Advocate and Public Educator

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Kim Rudd

MP, Northumberland–Peterborough South

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 … More

Lisa Helps

Mayor of Victoria

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Marc Miller

MP, Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Sœurs

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 … More

Mary Ng

MP, Markham–Thornhill

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 … More

Michael Kaufman

Co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign

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Mike Savage

Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality

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Nick Whalen

MP, St. John’s East

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 … More

Pat Finnigan

MP, Miramichi–Grand Lake

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 … More

Peter Schiefke

MP, Vaudreuil–Soulanges

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 … More

Raj Grewal

MP, Brampton East

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 … More

Randy Boissonnault

MP, Edmonton Centre

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 … More

Richard Florizone

President of Dalhousie University

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Richard Hébert

MP, Lac-Saint-Jean

Richard Hébert was elected as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Lac-Saint-Jean in October 2017. He is a devoted community leader with a strong record of public service, having served as Mayor of … More

Robert Blakely

Canadian Operating Officer, Canada’s Building Trades Unions

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Rodger Cuzner

MP, Cape Breton–Canso

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 … More

Rt. Hon. David Miliband

President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee

David Miliband is the President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee. He oversees the agency’s relief and development operations in over 30 countries, its refugee resettlement and assistance programs throughout the United States and … More

Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau

Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada

A teacher, father, advocate, and the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada, the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau is working with our Liberal team to deliver real change that invests in middle class families and builds a … More

Rt. Hon. Paul Martin

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Sean Casey

MP, Charlottetown

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 … More

Serge Cormier

MP, Acadie-Bathurst

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 … More

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau is recognized across Canada as a media personality, but more importantly, as an activist, volunteer, and speaker on a variety of subjects, including self-esteem, gender empowerment, mental health, and equality issues relating … More

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy

Leading technology executive, entrepreneur, and founder of theBoardlist

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy is a leading consumer internet and media executive with over 18 years of leadership experience at global and early stage companies including Google, Amazon, Yodlee, Polyvore, and Joyus. More

Suzanne Cowan

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Tareq Hadhad

Founder of Peace by Chocolate

Tareq Hadhad was a Syrian refugee, long-time peacekeeping advocate and is now living with his entrepreneurial family in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Tareq is the founder of Peace by Chocolate, a medical researcher, and is passionate … More

Terry Duguid

MP, Winnipeg South

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 … More

Victoria Dempster

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Yvonne Jones

MP, Labrador

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 … More