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.
The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre in a by-election in November 2013, and then as the Member of Parliament for University–Rosedale in October 2015. She was the Critic for International Trade in 2014. She was born in Peace River, Alberta, received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, and continued her studies on a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University. After cutting her journalistic teeth as a Ukraine-based stringer for the Financial Times, The Washington Post, and The Economist, Chrystia went on to wear many hats at the Financial Times, including deputy editor, UK news editor, Moscow bureau chief, Eastern Europe correspondent, editor of its weekend edition, and editor of FT.com. Between 1999 and 2001, she served as deputy editor of The Globe and Mail, before becoming a managing editor at the Financial Times. In 2010, Chrystia joined Canadian-owned Thomson Reuters as editor-at-large. She most recently worked as Managing Director and Editor of Consumer News. Chrystia was a weekly columnist for The Globe and Mail, writing extensively about the challenges facing the middle class. Her books include Sale of a Century: The Inside Story of the Second Russian Revolution (2000) and Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else (2012).
Hedy Fry was first elected Member of Parliament for Vancouver Centre in 1993, and is now the longest-serving woman in the history of the House of Commons. She was re-elected in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015. Over the past two decades, Dr. Fry has served her government and constituents in a number of capacities. For six years, she was Secretary of State for the Status of Women and Multiculturalism, and a sitting member of cabinet committees including social union, voluntary initiative, homelessness, and modernization of benefits for same sex couples. Prior to her federal election, Dr. Fry was an active member of both the British Columbia and Canadian Medical Associations. She served in numerous capacities including as president, committee chair, and chief negotiator.
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 college and university education. She also introduced a ground-breaking plan to stop sexual violence and harassment. Prior to becoming Premier, she served as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Education. Premier Wynne was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 as the MPP for Don Valley West. She was re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2014. She became the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party in January 2013. Before becoming an MPP, Premier Wynne served as a trustee with the Toronto District School Board. Prior to that, she led citizens’ groups in a number of grassroots community projects and played a major role as an organizer and facilitator.
Liz is a senior producer and correspondent at online news website Vox where she hosts a series about the American presidential election called 2016ish. Prior to Vox, she was a Senior Correspondent at Mic and co-creator of Flip The Script, an award-winning weekly video series confronting social issues. In 2015, she was a correspondent for MSNBC’s Shift Krystal Clear and was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Media. She has appeared on national and international television programs providing millennial perspective on politics, women’s issues, and reproductive rights, including The Today Show, The Daily Show, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC News, Fusion, Al-Jazeera America and BBC World. Liz has also built a following on social media where she engages with news and culture on Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Before working as a journalist, Liz was a research assistant and behavioural science consultant for the London School of Economics, from which she holds a master’s degree in policy. She earned her undergraduate degree from McGill.
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, was born, raised and educated in Sherbrooke. She started her career at the Canadian International Development Agency, working in Ottawa-Gatineau and Montréal, as well as in Morocco and Benin. Marie-Claude eventually settled in the riding of Compton–Stanstead to raise her family, work, and volunteer in the community. Marie-Claude is an experienced businesswoman and, for the last 15 years, has co-owned Camping de Compton—a successful tourism business that has won numerous awards. She was also the director of accreditation for the Sherbrooke 2013 Canada Summer Games and the Executive Director of the Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Science. She is a former board member of Commerce Sherbrooke, Destination Sherbrooke, Animation Centre-ville and the Société des musées québécois. She was also the secretary of the Compton revitalization committee, a member of the strategic planning committee of the regional county municipality of Coaticook, and chair of the governing board of École Louis-St-Laurent in Compton. Marie-Claude holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a graduate diploma in Environmental Management from the Université de Sherbrooke.