Speaker Profiles

The Honourable Deb Matthews

The Honourable Deb Matthews

Deputy Premier of Ontario, President of the Treasury Board and Minister...

Government of Ontario

Deb Matthews was elected to the Ontario Legislature by the people of London North Centre in 2003 and re-elected in 2007 and 2011. Following her election in 2007, she was appointed Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues. In October 2009 she was appointed to her current position as Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and is committed to building a more sustainable health care system with shorter wait times and better access to high quality family health care.

Throughout her life, Deb has been actively involved in community organizations. She served as President of Big Sisters of London, and has volunteered with organizations
including the Thames Valley Children’s Centre, the Salvation Army, Orchestra London, and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

Her professional experience includes time spent in the construction industry, fundraising for the Boys and Girls Club of London, and teaching at the University of Western Ontario where she was twice honoured with a place on the University Students’ Council Teaching Honour Roll while completing her Ph.D. in Social Demography. Deb was born in London, Ontario where she has lived her entire life. Her most important role remains as mother to her three children, and as grandmother to her four grandchildren.

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