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New Federal cabinet has strong ties to charitable sector

Monday, November 9, 2015

The new federal cabinet was announced on November 4. Ministerial biographies are available online; we have identified a number of ministers with ties to the charitable and nonprofit sector.

If you know of any other involvement in charities and nonprofits by members of the new cabinet, please let us know!


Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister

  • chair, Katimavik
  • board member, Avalanche Canada Foundation

Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

  • board member, Mississauga Food Bank
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Guru Gobind Singh Children’s Foundation
  • Ontario board member, Heart and Stroke Foundation

Hon. William Morneau, Minister of Finance

  • board chair, St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation
  • board chair, CD Howe Institute
  • board chair, Covenant House
  • board member, Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation
  • board member, The Learning Partnership

Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney-General

  • board member, Capilano College 
  • board member, Minerva Foundation for BC Women
  • board member, Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre

Hon. Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement

  • volunteer, St. John’s Association for the Mentally Delayed and the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • served in several capacities for 15 years with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)

Hon. Jane Philpott, Minister of Health

  • founder, Give a Day To World AIDS

Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Cooperation and la Francophonie

  • executive director, Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Science
  • founder and coordinator, Regroupement des institutions muséales des Cantons-de-l’Est
  • board member, Société des musées québécois
  • board chair, École Louis-St-Laurent

Hon. James Carr, Minister of Natural Resources

  • founding co-chair, Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council
  • board member, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
  • board member, Canada West Foundation
  • board member, Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at the University of Manitoba

Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

  • board member, Fondation du CHUM
  • board member, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
  • spokesperson for Logis Rose-Virginie
  • ambassador for Herstreet

Hon. Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue

  • spent more than 23 years working with the clients of the Rocher Percé Health and Social Services Centre
  • board of governors of Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles
  • board chair for Réseau collectif Gaspésie Les Îles and Transport adapté et collectif des Anses

Hon. Kent Hehr, Minister of Veteran’s Affairs

  • headed the Alberta branch of the Canadian Paraplegic Association

Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

  • co-founder, executive director of Level (formerly Canadian Lawyers Abroad)
  • board member, Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa
  • executive director, Banff Forum
  • board member, Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions

  • vice-president of the YWCA of Peterborough
  • director, Ontario Public Interest Research Group
  • director, New Canadians Centre
  • co-founder, Red Pashmina Campaign

Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons With Disabilities

  • president, the Canadian Paralympic Committee
  • chair, Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada
  • board member, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport
  • vice-chair, Delta Gymnastics Society

Hon. Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard

  • board member, Sport North

Hon. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

  • board member, Indigenous Cooperative on the Environment
  • board member, the Scottish Studies Foundation
  • board member, the St. Andrew’s Society of Toronto
  • board member, the Toronto Foundation for School Success
  • served on the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Hon. Patricia Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women

  • executive director, Shelter House
  • chairperson, Drug Awareness Committee of Thunder Bay
  • board member, for Alpha Court Mental Health Services and the Ontario Literacy Coalition

Hon. Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism

  • employee, Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre
  • board member, Workforce Planning Council of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin
  • board member, MT Space, a professional, not-for-profit theatre company and arts and culture organization located in Waterloo Region
  • active volunteer with Interfaith Grand River, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the Waterloo Rotary Club

Our National Partners

  • great west life
  • Lawson Foundation
  • Muttart Foundation
  • RBC Foundation
  • Suncor
  • TD Bank
  • investors group

Learn more about our National Partners and other supporters.

Charitable Registration Number: 119218790 RR0001