«Celina Caesar-Chavannes Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Whitby) Celina is a successful entrepreneur and the recipient of both the ...»
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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 School of Management. She is a past member of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto. She also served as member of the Institutional Advisory Board of the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She is also a member of the Congress of Black Women.
Celina has deep roots in Whitby, where she lives with her husband and three children.
Adam Vaughan Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Intergovernmental Affairs) (Spadina-Fort York) 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, supportive housing and new co-op housing programs. Together with residents, he spearheaded the revitalization of Toronto’s Alexandra Park community, a significant neighbourhood that will see new affordable housing, new commercial space, a re- built community and more downtown parkland.
Adam Vaughan has demonstrated strong support for the arts in Toronto. While on City Council, he championed the expansion of OCAD University’s campus and led the campaign to save Theatre Passe Muraille. He also served on the boards of the Toronto Arts Council, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Harbourfront Centre and Heritage Toronto.
Before entering politics, he was a broadcast journalist for more than 20 years, specializing in municipal affairs for both the CBC and Citytv. He covered all three levels of government as well as writing about urban issues.
Peter Schiefke Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth) (Vaudreuil–Soulanges) From a young age, growing up in Hudson, Quebec, Peter Schiefke has had a passion for humanitarian, environmental and social causes. This ledhim 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 Forces Avenir, and the 2010 YMCAs of Quebec Peace Medal.
Until recently, Peter served as a member of CVAP’s Board of Directors, and was responsible for its fundraising efforts.
An expert in sustainable and community development, Peter cofounded and served as the President of Youth Action Canada, which promotes youth involvement in fighting climate change. More recently, he served as National Director of Climate Reality Canada, the Canadian division of an organization founded by former United States Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Al Gore, which seeks to educate people on environmental issues.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Concordia University and a Master of Science in Renewable Resources from McGill University.
Michel Picard Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Montarville) 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 of economic crime. In this capacity, he was a guest analyst with RDI Matin Week-end, where he commented on the testimonies heard at the Charbonneau Commission.
Michel holds both a master’s degree and a doctorate in Political Science from l’Université de Paris X and a graduate diploma in management from Université Laval.
Jean-Claude Poissant Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (La Prairie) 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 Quebec. Over the years, he has made a point of educating people of all ages on the importance of agriculture in everyday life, as well as trying to balance the economic development of community with the protection of farmland.
Jean-Claude has served as a producer-ambassador for the Fédération des producteurs de lait du Québec, and has appeared on numerous television shows. He has been involved for more than 20 years as the Director of the local Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA). He has also been the president of the Syndicat du lait and the driving force behind the Guide du bon voisinage en milieu rural [good neighbours’ guide for rural communities]. Mr. Poissant was the director of the Société d’agriculture de La Prairie and the Coopérative Internet Saint-Mathieu. In addition, as the president of Au cœur des familles agricoles, JeanClaude was heavily involved in creating Quebec’s first respite centre for farmers.
Pamela Goldsmith-Jones Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country) 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 the foreshore/intertidal zone, for which West Vancouver was awarded the UN Global Green City Award. Pam also played a key role in Vancouver’s fundraising efforts for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In 2011, Pam retired from municipal politics and opened her own consulting business. She also completed her executive MBA at Simon Fraser University in Aboriginal Business and Leadership. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degree in political science from the University of British Columbia.
Pam and her husband Geoff have been married for 31 years. They have three adult children.
Omar Alghabra Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs) (Mississauga Centre) 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 he authored columns on a wide range of provincial and federal issues. His work was also published in the Huffington Post. Among his many activities, Omar has worked tirelessly to support initiatives that empower new Canadians through social and economic integration.
As the Member of Parliament for Mississauga—Erindale from 2006 to 2008, Omar provided a strong voice on both local and national issues as the Critic for Natural Resources, as well as for Citizenship and Immigration.
Arif Virani Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (Parkdale–High Park) 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 scholarship at the Middle Temple, London, United Kingdom, and the 2008 Wilson-Prichard Award recipient in recognition of his contributions to the legal profession and his community.
Arif lives and volunteers in Parkdale-High Park. He is a member of the Redwood Shelter for abused women, regularly helps at the Parkdale Food Bank, is an active volunteer with Roncyworks, and has led community efforts to address mental health stigma.
Arif has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from McGill University, and completed his Bachelor of Laws at the University of Toronto, where he graduated as valedictorian.
Arif speaks English, French, and Hindi. He is happily married and the devoted father of two young boys.
Yvonne Jones Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs (Labrador) 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 Labrador and Leader of the Official Opposition on November 15, 2007. On July 30, 2010, Yvonne became the Leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Prior to her career in politics, Yvonne launched her career as a journalist and worked throughout the province as a news reporter. She also worked as a contract researcher at Memorial University and as a Resource Employment Counselor with Human Resources Development Canada. As an entrepreneur, Yvonne has owned and operated small businesses in both the transportation and tourism sectors in Labrador.
Yvonne is proud of her Inuit ancestry and has been a strong advocate in advancing northern and aboriginal people and communities.
Joyce Murray Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board (Vancouver Quadra) 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 in the Liberal government from 2001 to 2005. Her political career followed 25 years spent building an international reforestation company she co-founded that has planted over one billion trees. Her interest in environmental sustainablity was expressed in her master’s thesis on global warming, which contributed to her receiving the Simon Fraser University Dean's Convocation Medal for top MBA graduate of 1992.
Joyce has three adult children and lives in Vancouver Quadra with her husband, Dirk.
Kevin Lamoureux Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (Winnipeg North) 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 important issues as immigration, justice, labour, finance, education and housing. In his constituency office, he and his volunteers welcomed hundreds of people each month, in particular for assistance in navigating the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). In fact, Kevin was the first MLA to speak in the Legislature about establishing the PNP, which has to date welcomed so many new Canadians to Manitoba.
In 1983 he married Cathy and they had two children who are now 21 and 18 years old.