I am a lawyer based in Kenora—Rainy River, an area I have been proud to call home my entire life. I have entered this race because I believe that Northwestern Ontario’s young people have a role to play in the social and economic future of our communities.
I am a product of our region. I attended Donald Young School in Emo, Ontario and later Fort Frances High School and Lakehead University. I’ve since graduated with bachelor degrees in political science (BSocSc) and commerce (Hon. BCom) from the University of Ottawa, and later earned my law degree (JD) from Osgoode Hall Law School and an MBA in finance and strategy from the Schulich School of Business.
From an early age, my family’s businesses – and my own first job, in a grocery store in Emo – taught me about the importance of hard work and service. These values have informed my career in government, politics, and legal practice. Government is a service sector like any other, and should be designed and managed with that philosophy.
I began my professional career as an aide on Parliament Hill, and later worked for the federal government. Since then, I have had the opportunity to teach undergraduate students and practice law with one of Canada’s top firms. I was the first President of the Law Students’ Society of Ontario and am an active member of the Ontario Bar Association. In everything I do, I am proud to be an ambassador for the Northwest, its peoples, and their values.
Most of my family lives and works in the communities of our riding – in farming, trucking, logging, construction, and healthcare. They are business owners, tradespeople, professionals, and volunteers. Like them, I believe that government institutions and services should be accessible, transparent, efficient, and cost-effective.
Most importantly, I believe that only the Ontario PCs can provide our region with a voice in that kind of government.