Anna Gainey is beginning her second term as President of the Liberal Party of Canada, having first been elected in February 2014. Working closely with Justin Trudeau, Anna’s leadership has been instrumental in the party’s modernization and its historic success in the 2015 election campaign. Anna has been a very active Liberal ever since joining the party back in 1999 as a McGill Young Liberal. After completing graduate studies at the London School of Economics, Anna returned to the party to work as a special assistant to Minister John McCallum and NATO policy advisor to Minister Bill Graham. Throughout this period, Anna has had a key role on numerous successful campaigns, including Marc Garneau’s elections in 2008 and 2011, and as a senior advisor to Justin Trudeau’s Leadership campaign. Her years of experience working for the party as both a staffer and a volunteer have given her an in-depth understanding of the party’s strengths and potential.
Anna is also the executive director of the Gainey Foundation, which provides funding for environmental and arts education programs for youth. She created the foundation in 2007 following the tragic death of her sister Laura. Under her leadership, the foundation raised nearly $2 million in two years through cross-Canada events and grassroots fundraising campaigns. Anna and her husband Tom Pitfield are proud parents to three young children.
Mira has been proudly volunteering for the Liberal Party of Canada since 2010 and will begin her term this month as President of the Young Liberals of Canada. While attending John Abbott College, Mira created the first YLC club on campus – the first formal organization of Young Liberals in Western Montreal – and she later headed the YLC club at Concordia University. After serving on the executive of the Young Liberals of Canada (Quebec) for over a year, Mira was acclaimed President in 2015. Mira recently served as campaign manager for the nomination of Frank Baylis – now the MP for Pierrefonds–Dollard. She was also one of the earliest supporters of Rachel Bendayan’s campaign in Outremont, where her hard work and leadership as campaign manager helped increase the Liberal vote by 18% against former Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair. In her new role as President of the Young Liberals of Canada, Mira is committed to working with youth from across Canada to champion progressive causes and policies as we build toward the 2019 election campaign.
Randy Boissonnault is the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage. Prior to his election, Randy was 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. A proud Rotarian, Randy has a long history of charitable work, both locally in Edmonton and abroad. He founded Literacy Without Borders, an international NGO devoted to promoting literacy for both children and adults in the developing world and in Canada.
Rebecca Chartrand is an award winning teacher, accomplished community development worker, university lecturer, and recognized author. Born and raised in Manitoba, Rebecca is an Anishinaabe Ikwe educational leader and advocate for change. Rebecca is most recognized for her ground-breaking work in improving Aboriginal education. Rebecca’s strengths come from her Indigenous roots that focus on the importance of strong relationships and respect for all cultures and backgrounds, and she has worked hard to create and support representation of Indigenous peoples in all aspects of society. She is passionate about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Child and Family Services, Food Security, Poverty, Education of Treaties, Residential Schools and the many other issues that affect the safety and security of all people. Rebecca is a proud member of Team Trudeau, and was the Liberal candidate for Churchill-Keewatinook Aski in 2015.
Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, is a community leader who is proud of his involvement with a number of local cultural organizations, and of his advocacy on environmental and public health issues. He has served as president of Sustainable Developments International and as Chairman of the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission. Terry was a member of Winnipeg’s City Council from 1989 to 1995. As a city councillor, he negotiated the city’s first infrastructure program, and pioneered Winnipeg’s blue box recycling program as well as the city’s first-ever water conservation program.