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Alumni in Government

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.

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

Ali Ehsassi


Liberal MP
Willowdale, ON


LLB ‘99 Osgoode

Iqwindeer 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, 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

The Hon. Marco Mendicino

Minister of Public Safety
Liberal MP
Eglinton-Lawrence, ON

Adjunct Faculty

Marty Morantz


Conservative MP
Charleswood-St. James-Assinboia-Headingley, MB

LLB '86 Osgoode

Taki Sarantakis


President
Canada School of Public Service

MA ‘93 LA&PS

Jagmeet Singh

Leader of Canada's New Democratic Party
NDP MP
Burnaby South, BC

LLB ‘05 Osgoode

Anita Vandenbeld

Liberal MP
Ottawa West-Nepean, ON



MA '95 LA&PS

Deepak Anand


PC MPP
Mississauga-Malton, ON



MBA ‘07 Schulich

Jill Andrew


NDP MPP
Toronto-St.Paul’s, ON



BEd ‘03 Education, BA ‘02 LA&PS

The Hon. Doug Downey

Attorney General
PC MPP
Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte, ON

LLM ‘08 Osgoode

Chris Glover


NDP MPP
Spadina-Fort York, ON


Adjunct Faculty

Joel Harden


NDP MPP
Ottawa Centre, ON
Charleswood-St. James-

PhD ‘06 LA&PS, MA ‘97 LA&PS

The Hon. Michael Kerzner

Solicitor General
PC MPP
York Centre, ON

BA ‘86 LA&PS

Laura Mae Lindo

NDP MPP
Kitchener Centre, ON


PhD ‘11 Education, MEd ‘05 Education, BA ‘03 LA&PS

Todd McCarthy

PC MPP
Durham, ON


LLB '87 Osgoode

Rachel Notley

Leader of Alberta’s NDP
MLA
Edmonton-Strathcona, AB

LLB ‘90 Osgoode

Tom Rakocevic

NDP MPP
Humber River-Black Creek, ON

MSc ‘06 Science, BEd ‘06 Education, BSc ‘00 Science

Effie Triantafilopoulos

PC MPP
Oakville North-Burlington, ON

LLM ‘99 Osgoode

Dr. Catherine Zahn

Deputy Minister
Ministry of Health, Ontario


BSc ’74 Biology

Paul Ainslie

City of Toronto 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
City of 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
Town of 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

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

BA ‘84

Harkirat Singh

Councillor Wards 9 & 10 – Brampton

MBA ‘13 Schulich

John Tory

Mayor
City of Toronto

LLB ‘78 Osgoode

Thomas Vegh

Councillor
Ward 1 – City of Newmarket

BA ‘85 LA&PS

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