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Boards of Directors

 

 The Association is managed by a full-time Director and two Logistics Officers under the direction of an elected Board of Directors representing all regions of the country.  The Educational Foundation has its own Board of Directors. 

CAFP Board of Directors

The Association’s Board of Directors consists of the Immediate Past Chair and 16 members elected by the Association’s membership.  The Board of Directors is responsible for the ongoing work of the Association. 

The Hon. Anthony Abbott (Ontario)
 
The Hon. Aileen Carroll (Ontario)
 

The Hon. Mary Collins, Secretary (British Columbia)

From 1984 to 1993, Mary was the Member of Parliament Capilano–Howe Sound, B.C., and from 1989-93, she was a Cabinet Minister and held the positions of Associate Minister of National Defence, Minister of Health and Welfare, Status of Women, Western Economic Diversification and Minister of State for Environment. After her time in Parliament, Mary worked in Russia with the World Health Organization from 2002 to 2007.  Throughout her career, she has been involved in health policy and practice as well as gender issues and governance. Mary is currently the Director of the Secretariat of the BC Healthy Living Alliance in Vancouver, which promotes collaborative action to reduce chronic diseases and health inequities and is the incoming Chair of the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada. She is also very active in her community, serving on the Boards of the Vancouver Police Department, Royal Roads University, Arts Club Theatre,  Vancouver Opera Foundation,  Africa Canada Emerging Leaders Dialogue, and the Government Not for Profit Leadership Council. Mary was born in Vancouver, attended the University of British Columbia and graduated from Queen’s University. She holds an Honorary Doctorate from both Royal Roads Military College and Royal Roads University.
 

The Hon. Irwin Cotler (Quebec)
 
The Hon. Paul Dick (Ontario)
 
 

Dorothy Dobbie, Beyond the Hill (Manitoba) 

Dorothy Dobbie is the founder and president of Pegasus Publications Inc., the publisher of the Manitoba Gardener, Alberta Gardener and Ontario Gardener magazines as well as Lifestyles 55, and SMART Tab, among a half dozen other magazines. She is businesswoman, writer and photographer, speaker and is the host The Gardener on CJOB. She writes a garden blog and is a casual tweeter. She helped found Naylor Communications in 1971 and went on to become Executive Vice-President, opening the company’s business in the United States and starting the printing company in Winnipeg. A member of parliament from 1988 to 1993, Dorothy was parliamentary secretary in several portfolios and co-chaired the Dobbie-Beaudoin Joint House-Senate Committee on the Renewal of Canada, which led to the Charlottetown Accord. She was the first woman president of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce (1987/88), was Outstanding Business Citizen of the Year in Manitoba (1983), and Winnipeg Woman of the Year for Business (1988). She is a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee medal for community involvement. Mrs. Dobbie recently completed a five-year term as President and Chair of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and she chaired the 15th Canadian Annual Arts Summit for 2012. Mrs. Dobbie is a member of the executive committee of the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians and is a member of the executive committee of the Global Democracy Initiative, an international body of former and Canadian and European parliamentarians and U.S. congressmen. She recently joined the board of the International Peace Gardens and is on the Board of CJNU, Nostalgia Radio, among several other community initiatives. Dorothy has been married to Glenn for 50 years and is the mother of two grown daughters and four lovely grandchildren.
 

Mr. Léo Duguay, Ex-officio  (Manitoba)

Léo took on the role of President of the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians in 2009. After a career as a teacher, high school principal and President of the Canadian Teachers Federation, he became a Conservative Member of Parliament for St. Boniface, Manitoba from 1984 to 1993, where he served on many committees, including Health, Transport, Official Languages, and Employment and Immigration. He also served as Canada's representative on the Human Rights Committee at the United Nations 40th Assembly. Following his House of Commons career, Léo was Chief of Staff to the Minister of Foreign Affairs before forming his own consulting firm in 1990. He joined the Rothwell Group in 2006 and was recently recognized by The Hill Times as one of Canada's top 100 lobbyists. He has also received numerous awards in recognition of his active community involvement, including the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt and induction in 2007 to the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Hon. Julian Fantino (Ontario)
 
Mrs. Sadia Groguhé (Quebec)
 
Mr. Jack Harris, Vice-President (Newfoundland and Labrador)
 


Mr. Russ Hiebert, B.A., LL.B., MBA (British Columbia)

Russ Hiebert was a Member of Parliament for 11 years from 2004 to 2015. He served as Parliamentary Secretary for Defence and later Intergovernmental Affairs and Western Economic Diversification, and on the Natural Resources, Finance, Human Rights and International Trade committees. For 9 years he was the Canadian Chairman of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and was also Vice Chair on the Canada-China and the Canada-Africa Associations. He has participated in Election Observation missions in Ukraine and Rwanda and has led delegations to many other countries. He is currently a Director on several companies in the energy, technology and real estate development industries.

 

The Hon. Vim Kochhar (Ontario)

Entrepreneur, Humanitarian, Champion of Persons with Disabilities.

Recently retired from the Senate of Canada, Vim Kochhar is known for his leadership, vision, passion and commitment towards empowering people with disabilities. A pioneer and driving force behind the Canadian Paralympics, he is also known for groundbreaking work on behalf of people who are deaf‐ blind.

Founder of  the  Canadian  Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons, Rotary Cheshire Homes, Canadian Helen Keller Centre  and past trustee of  the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

He is a member of the Order of Ontario, was given a Doctorate of Laws from York University and was recently inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame.

 


The Hon. Andy Mitchell, President (Ontario)

The Hon. Andy Mitchell, P.C., assumed the presidency of the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians ( CAFP) at the Association`s annual general meeting in Ottawa in June 2014. First elected as the Member of Parliament for Parry Sound-Muskoka in 1993, Andy Mitchell served in Parliament for over 12 years holding numerous cabinet portfolios including Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and finally, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food from 2004 to 2006. Currently residing in the Peterborough area, Andy Mitchell is active in academia as an adjunct professor of political science at  Trent University, as well as in municipal and regional politics where he serves as Deputy Mayor of Selwyn Township and a councillor for the County of Peterborough. He also serves on a number of local community boards. He succeeds Léo Duguay, who held the position of CAFP president for five years.

The Hon. Karen Redman, Treasurer (Ontario)

Karen Redman was elected to Regional Council on October 27, 2014.  Karen has attained a Master's Degree in Political Science, as well as an Honours Bachelor Degree in English.  A lifelong resident of Kitchener, Karen has extensive experience in the political world, having served her community in multiple capacities for 20 years at both the municipal and federal level; having first been elected at the Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre in 1997, and then subsequently re-elected in 2000, 2004, and 2006.Karen served as Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment 2000-2003 and as Chief Government Whip 2004-2006 and Chief Opposition Whip 2006-2008 for the Liberal Party.  Karen has also served as a City of Kitchener Councillor and Regional Councillor from 1994 to 1997, and a member of the Waterloo Region District School Board from 1988 to 1994.  At the local level, Karen currently serves the CEO of Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region, Chair of the Independent Living Centre Board. She serves as an Elder at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, and Member of the Board Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. 

 

Mr. Marcel R. Tremblay (Quebec)
 

Ms. Judy Wasylycia-Leis (Manitoba)
 

Judy Wasylycia-Leis served as a Member of Parliament from  1997 to 2010 when she resigned to run for the Mayor of Winnipeg, Manitoba.  During her time as MP for Winnipeg North, Judy served in many positions including NDP spokesperson for Finance, Health, Immigration and Status of Women, as well as Chairperson of her party’s Caucus.  Prior to serving as a federal representative, Judy Wasylycia-Leis was a provincial Member of the Legislative Assembly for eight years which included time as a Cabinet Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Status of Women with the Manitoba NDP Government.  Since 2010, she has has worked on several parliamentary strengthening initiatives with the National Democratic Institute in Jordan, Pakistan, Kosovo and Tunisia.

 

The Hon. Gerry Weiner, President of Ed. Foundation (Quebec)

Honourable  Gerry Weiner, former Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, and Secretary of State of Canada. Mr.  Weiner was responsible for the creation of the Canada Immigrant Investor Program. He is now the Director of Investor Relations for PACE Law Firm, and the Senior Advisor to COPLAN Consultanty. Mr. Gerry Weiner was also the former chair of the board of the Old Port, and the former chair of the board of the Centre For Literacy of Quebec. Mr. Weiner is the current President of the Education Foundation of the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians.

Mr. John Williamson (New Brunswick)
 
   

 Educational Foundation Board of Directors

The CAFP Educational Foundation Board of Directors consists of 13 members elected at large, the Immediate Past Chair, and four directors appointed from and by the Board of the Association.  The Foundation’s Board of Directors is responsible for recommending to the Board of the Association, programs and projects to be funded.

 

Mr. Malcolm Allen (Ontario)

 

 

 

The Hon. Don Boudria (Ontario)

 

 

 

Mrs. Lois Brown (Ontario)
 
Mr. William Clarke (British Columbia)
 

Mr. David Daubney, Treasurer (Ontario)

David started his career as a lawyer and later entered politics in 1984, where he served as the Progressive Conservative Member for Ottawa West until 1988. During this time, he was Chair and Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Solicitor General. After his time in Parliament, David was Chief of Staff for the Secretary of State of External Affairs, the President of the Privy Council and the Minister responsible for Constitutional Affairs. He recently retired from the Department of Justice after working for 25 years on sentencing reform. David is involved in a number of community initiatives. He is Director and Chair of Penal Reform International, which is based in London, UK and the Co-Chair of the Smart Justice Network, based in Ottawa. Among many other community endeavours, he has been Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Foundation and Trustee for the Foundation for the Study of the Processes of Government in Canada.

The Hon. Paul Dick (Ontario)

 

Appointed by the CAFP Board to the Educational Foundation Board

Mr. Gordon Gilchrist (Ontario)
 
Mrs. Sadia Groguhé (Quebec)

 

Appointed by the CAFP Board to the Educational Foundation Board

The Hon. Vim Kochhar (Ontario)

 

Appointed by the CAFP Board to the Educational Foundation Board

Entrepreneur, Humanitarian, Champion of Persons with Disabilities. Recently retired from the Senate of Canada, Vim Kochhar is known for his leadership, vision, passion and commitment towards empowering people with disabilities. A pioneer and driving force behind the Canadian Paralympics, he is also known for groundbreaking work on behalf of people who are deaf‐ blind. Founder of  the  Canadian  Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons, Rotary Cheshire Homes, Canadian Helen Keller Centre  and past trustee of  the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.He is a member of the Order of Ontario, was given a Doctorate of Laws from York University and was recently inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame.

Mr. Francis LeBlanc, Executive Director (Nova Scotia)

An economist by training, Francis LeBlanc was a Senior Policy Analyst with the Government of Canada, before being elected, in 1988, as a Liberal Member of Parliament for the Nova Scotia constituency of Cape Breton Highlands-Canso. During his first term in Parliament, he served as critic for Trade, Atlantic Development and Fisheries in the Official Opposition. Re-elected in 1993, he was named Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and led a cross-Canada parliamentary consultation on the renewal of Canada’s social security system. Later appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, he led parliamentary delegations to the United Nations and to Haiti. In 1997, after his career as a parliamentarian, he joined the office of the Honourable Pierre Pettigrew as Chief of Staff until 2006 in the portfolios of Human Resources Development, International Trade, Health and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Foreign Affairs. In 2009, he was elected President of the Educational Foundation of the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians.

Mrs. Rosane Doré Lefebvre (Quebec)
 

Ms. Lynn McDonald, Secretary (Ontario)

Lynn McDonald, CM, PhD (London School of Economics) was MP for Broadview-Greenwood (now Danforth) 1982-88, when she served as justice, communications and culture and environment critic. Her Non-smokers’ Health Act, 1988, led the world in establishing smoke-free work and public places. It made Parliamentary history as the first private member’s bill on a substantial issue to be adopted. Prior to election, McDonald was president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women; in 1981 she presented its brief to the Joint Committee on the Charter of Rights. She was the first “Ms” in the House of Commons. Post-Parliament, McDonald became professor of sociology at the University of Guelph (she had earlier taught at McMaster and Dalhousie). She published three books on sociological theory, including women theorists who are usually ignored: The Early Origins of the Social Sciences (McGill-Queen’s 1993), The Women Founders of the Social Sciences (McGill-Queen’s 1994) and Women Theorists on Society and Politics (Wilfrid Laurier 1998). Her 16-volume Collected Works of Florence Nightingale appeared 2001-16. www.uoguelph.ca/~cwfn A climate change activiist, McDonald is a co-founder of JustEarth: A Coalition for Environmental Justice and served on the board of the Climate Action Network.

 


The Hon. Andy Mitchell, President of the CAFP (Ontario)

The Hon. Andy Mitchell, P.C., assumed the presidency of the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians ( CAFP) at the Association`s annual general meeting in Ottawa in June 2014. First elected as the Member of Parliament for Parry Sound-Muskoka in 1993, Andy Mitchell served in Parliament for over 12 years holding numerous cabinet portfolios including Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and finally, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food from 2004 to 2006. Currently residing in the Peterborough area, Andy Mitchell is active in academia as an adjunct professor of political science at  Trent University, as well as in municipal and regional politics where he serves as Deputy Mayor of Selwyn Township and a councillor for the County of Peterborough. He also serves on a number of local community boards. He succeeds Léo Duguay, who held the position of CAFP president for five years.

Hon. Lowell Murray (Ontario)

Lowell Murray was named to the Senate in 1979 by Prime Minister Joe Clark. During his 32 years there he served as Chairman of four parliamentary committees – the Joint Senate-Commons committee on Official Languages, and the Senate committees on Banking, Social Affairs and National Finance. From 1986 to 1993 he was Government Leader in the Senate in the cabinets of Prime Ministers Brian Mulroney and Kim Campbell, and in the Mulroney government was variously minister of Federal-Provincial Relations, of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and acting minister of Communications. From time to time he also served as Chairman of four standing committees of cabinet.

In 2005-6 he was a member of the five-person Advisory Panel on Fiscal Federalism, chosen by the Council of the Federation. Mr.Murray has been awarded honorary doctorates by three Canadian universities – St. Francis Xavier, Antigonish NS, Queen’s, Kingston Ont. And Cape Breton University, Sydney N.S.

 

The Hon. Anita Neville (Manitoba)

Mr. Ian Waddell, Vice-President (British-Columbia)

Ian Waddell is a former criminal and storefront lawyer, counsel to Justice Tom Berger on the historic Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry, NDP M.P. for Vancouver Kingsway and Port Moody/Coquitlam from 1979 to 1993, Chair of Fraser Basin Council, B.C cabinet minister from 1996 to 2001 where as Minister of Tourism he championed their Olympic Bid and got a billion dollar film industry. As Minister of Environment and Interprovincial affairs he helped save the Great Bear Rain Forest and promoted french language rights. Recently he co-produced a documentary film with young people THE DROP; Why Young People Don’t Vote which had a part in increasing young voter turnout in the last election and won Best Producer at the Beverly Hills Film Festival. His published novel “A Thirst to Die For “ is about the export of bulk Canadian water to a fire ravished, drought stricken California. He lives in the Kitsilano area of Vancouver which has plenty of rain. 

 

Mr. David C. Walker (Ontario)
 

 

The Hon. Gerry Weiner, President (Quebec)

The Hon. Gerry Weiner, P.C., who was Minister of Multiculturalism and Immigration from 1986 to 1991, assumed the chair of the CAFP Educational Foundation.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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