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Alumni in Government Old

York University has a reputation for preparing engaged global citizens who have an impact in communities at home and around the world. Many of our graduates go on to make significant contributions in local, provincial and federal governments as senior leaders in the public service and as elected officials. Below are our outstanding alumni who are making a difference at all levels of government. This list also includes those who previously taught at York.

Federal

The Hon. Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport
Liberal MP
Mississauga Centre, ON
MBA ‘00 Schulich
Gary Anandasangaree
Liberal MP
Scarborough—Rouge Park, ON
LLB ‘05 Osgoode
Yvan Baker
Liberal MP
Etobicoke-Centre, ON
BBA ‘00 Schulich
Shalene Curtis-Micallef
Associate Deputy Minister of Justice
Government of Canada
LLB ‘95 Osgoode
Ava Yaskiel
Scot Davidson
Conservative MP
York-Simcoe, ON
BA, ‘93 LA&PS
Ali Ehsassi
Liberal MP
Willowdale, ON
LLB ‘99 Osgoode
Iqwindeer Singh Gaheer
Liberal MP
Mississauga-Malton, ON
BBA ‘15 Schulich
The Hon. Marc Garneau
Liberal MP
Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Westmount, QC
DSc ‘02 Lassonde
The Hon. Patty Hajdu
Minister of Indigenous Services and the Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario
Liberal MP
Thunder Bay—Superior North, ON
 
BA ‘84 - 86 Glendon
The Hon. Ahmed Hussen
Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion
Liberal MP
York South—Weston, ON
BA ‘02 LA&PS
The Hon. Helena Jaczek
Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
Liberal MP
Markham-Stouffville, ON
MBA ‘94 Schulich
Majid Jowhari
Liberal MP
Richmond Hill, ON
MBA ‘92 Schulich
Iqra Khalid
Liberal MP
Mississauga—Erin Mills, ON
BA ‘07 LA&PS
The Hon. Kamal Khera
Minister of Seniors
Liberal MP
Brampton West, ON
BScN ‘13 Health
Philip Lawrence
Conservative MP
Northumberland-Peterborough South, ON
LLB ‘05 Osgoode, MBA ’05 Schulich
Leslyn Lewis
Conservative MP
Haldimand-Norfolk, ON
PhD ‘19 Osgoode, JD ’97 Osgoode, MA '97 EUC
Hon. Marco Mendicino
Minister of Public Safety
Liberal MP; Eglinton-Lawrence, ON
Adjunct Faculty
Marty Morantz
Conservative MP
Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley, MB
LLB ‘86 Osgoode
Taki Sarantakis
President
Canada School of Public Service
MA ‘93 LA&PS
Jagmeet Singh
Jagmeet Singh
Leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party and MP
Burnaby South, BC
LLB ‘05

Anita Vandenbeld
Liberal MP
Ottawa West—Nepean, ON
MA ‘95 LA&PS

Provincial

Deepak-Anand
Deepak Anand
PC MPP
Mississauga-Malton, ON
MBA ‘07 Schulich
Jill-Andrew
Jill Andrew
NDP MPP
Toronto-St.Paul’s, ON
BEd ‘03 Education, BA ‘02 LA&PS
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Alison Coffin
Leader of Newfoundland and Labrador’s NDP and MHA
St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi, NL
MA ‘97 LA&PS
Douglas Downey
The Hon. Douglas Downey
Attorney General
PC MPP
Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte, ON
LLM ‘08 Osgoode
Chris Glover
Chris Glover
NDP MPP
Spadina-Fort York, ON
Adjunct Faculty
Joel Harden
Joel Harden
NDP MPP
Ottawa Centre, ON
PhD ‘06 LA&PS, MA ‘97 LA&PS
Laura Mae Lindo
Laura Mae Lindo
NDP MPP
Kitchener Centre, ON
PhD ‘11 Education, MEd ‘05 Education, BA ‘03 LA&PS
Laura Mae Lindo
Rachel Notley
Leader of Alberta’s NDP and MLA
Edmonton-Strathcona, AB
LLB ‘90 Osgoode
Tom Rakocevic
Tom Rakocevic
NDP MPP
Humber River-Black Creek, ON
MSc ‘06 Science, BEd ‘06 Education, BSc ‘00 Science
Effie Triantafilopoulos
Effie Triantafilopoulos
PC MPP
Oakville North-Burlington, ON
LLM ‘99 Osgoode
Dr. Catherine Zahn
Deputy Minister
Ministry of Health, Ontario
BSc ’74 Biology

Municipal

Paul Ainslie
Councillor
Ward 24 – Scarborough-Guildwood
BA ‘90 LA&PS
Maurizio Bevilacqua
Mayor
City of Vaughan
BA ‘85 LA&PS
Brad Bradford
City of Toronto Councillor
Ward 19 – Beaches East York
BES ’09 FES
Godwin Chan
Councillor
Ward 6 - Richmond Hill
JD ’98 Osgoode
Gary Crawford
City of Toronto Councillor
Ward 20 - Scarborough Southwest
BFA ’83 AMPD
Bonnie Crombie
Mayor
Mississauga
MBA ’92 Schulich
Scott Crone
Councillor
Ward 3 - East Gwillimbury
BA ’92 LA&PS
Mario Ferri
Regional Councillor
City of Vaughan
BA ‘78 LA&PS
John Filion
City of Toronto Councillor
Ward 18 – Willowdale
BA ‘73 LA&PS
Virginia Hackson
Mayor
East Gwillimbury
BEd ’99 Education
Alan Ho
Councillor
Ward 2 – City of Markham
BAS ‘99 LA&PS
Mike Layton
City of Toronto Councillor
Ward 11 - University-Rosedale
MES ‘06 FES
Martin Madeiros
Regional Councillor
Wards 3 & 4 - Brampton
BA ’97 LA&PS
Nick Mantas
City of Toronto Councillor
Ward 22 – Scarborough-Agincourt
BA LA&PS ’09
Tom Muench
Local & Regional Councillor
Ward 2 – Richmond Hill
BAS ‘93
Denzil Minnan-Wong
Deputy Mayor
City of Toronto Councillor Ward 16 – Don Valley East
BA ‘86 Glendon, LLB ‘91 Osgoode
James Pasternak
City of Toronto Councillor
Ward 6 – York Centre
BA ‘82 LA&PS
Anthony Perruzza
City of Toronto Councillor
Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek
BA ‘86 LA&PS
Rowena Santos
Regional Councillor
Wards 1 & 5 - Brampton
BBA ’01 Schulich
Alan Shefman
Councillor
Ward 5 - Vaughan
BA ‘72 LA&PS
Debbie Schaefer
Councillor
Ward 5 – King Township
MBA ‘84
Harkirat Singh
Councillor
Wards 9 & 10 – Brampton
MBA ‘13 Schulich
John Tory
Mayor
of the City of Toronto
LLB ‘78 Osgoode
Thomas Vegh
Councillor
Ward 1 – City of Newmarket
BA ‘85 LA&PS

 

Steve Yamada
Regional Councillor
Ward 4 – Town of Whitby
MPPAL ‘21, BA ‘05 LA&PS

Senate

Gwen Boniface
Senator
Ontario
BA ‘82 LA&PS; LLB ‘88 Osgoode
Marc Gold
Senator
Quebec
Former Faculty Member
Marilou McPhedran
Senator
Manitoba
LLB ‘76 Osgoode
Nancy Ruth
Senator
Ontario
BA ‘69 LA&PS; Hon. LLD ‘94 LA&PS


Recognizing our Alumni

This page features York University alumni and community members who are senior leaders in the public service and elected officials within Canada’s Federal and Provincial governments. We also include alumni who are elected officials representing areas within the Greater Toronto Area.