Speaker Profiles

The Hon. Jane Philpott

The Hon. Jane Philpott

Minister of Indigenous Services

Government of Canada

Jane Philpott was first elected as Member of Parliament for Markham-Stouffville in October 2015. She served as Minister of Health between 2015 and 2017, and was appointed Minister of Indigenous Services in August 2017.

Jane became a doctor more than 30 years ago to improve people’s lives. She entered politics to build a healthier society. For her, a seat in the House of Commons is not the target, but a tool – a tool she could use to improve her community and her country.

Jane spent the first decade of her career as a doctor in Niger, West Africa. In 1998, she and her family moved to Stouffville, Ontario, where she served for 17 years as a family physician. She was Chief of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital and Associate Professor in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. Jane led the opening of the Health for All Family Health Team and the Markham Family Medicine Teaching Unit. In 2012, she completed a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Toronto.

Jane’s work to promote global health includes founding Give a Day to World AIDS in 2004 to raise money for people affected by HIV. She also helped launch Ethiopia’s first training program in Family Medicine through the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration.

Jane’s greatest happiness and motivation comes from working in genuine partnership with others to address social inequities so that every Canadian has a fair opportunity to enjoy a life of dignity, wellness and peace.

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