I have previously been a Member of Parliament; I was elected to the House of Commons in January 2006 for the riding of Mississauga-Erindale. During my tenure I focused on helping families, moving equality forward, and determining solutions. I worked hard to make durable changes in the community and I am eager to serve you again as a Member of Parliament.
Currently I am honoured to be a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Ryerson University. Here I have the opportunity to mentor and lecture students. Ryerson University is where I earned my degree in Mechanical Engineering, so I am delighted to return to my alma mater and help prepare students for their futures.
During my time as a student, I worked in a donut shop, a gas station, and a convenience store. These jobs not only allowed me to finance my education, but meeting and hearing stories from many Canadians from all walks of life was my first motivation to get involved in the community.
After earning my Bachelor’s degree, I worked in the private sector. Here I realized the importance of strong business and managerial skills, and I returned to school to complete my Masters of Business Administration from York University. This led me to a career in the energy sector, working in senior roles for organizations like GE and the Ontario Energy Board.