Speaker Profiles

The Honourable Rona Ambrose

The Honourable Rona Ambrose

Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of...

The Government of Canada

As Minister for Status of Women, the Honourable Rona Ambrose is a champion of women’s rights. Minister Ambrose has worked tirelessly and courageously to
address the problem of violence against women and girls. She has shown
leadership by raising awareness of honour crimes in Canada and
promoting equal rights for Aboriginal women. She led  Canada's call for an "International Day of the
Girl" at the United Nations to help raise awareness of the
discrimination girls face, as well as their tremendous potential. The
House of Commons unanimously supported a motion put forward by Ms.
Ambrose to have Canada lead this international campaign. The resolution
designating the International Day of the Girl was adopted by the UN
General Assembly on December 19, 2011. Canada will celebrate the first
International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2012.

First elected as a Member of Parliament in 2004, Minister
Ambrose was  re-elected in 2006, 2008, and 2011.  When named Minister of
the Environment, she was the youngest woman appointed to Cabinet in
Canadian history. She has subsequently held the portfolios of
Intergovernmental Affairs, Western Economic Diversification, and

Today, Ms. Ambrose is Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and Receiver General, Minister for the Status of
Women, Minister Responsible for Western Economic Diversification,
Shared Services Canada and Vice-Chair, Treasury Board.

Her community service has included a lifelong involvement in
organizations working to end violence against women, including the
Status of Women's Action Group, the Victoria Sexual Assault and Sexual
Abuse Crisis Centre, and the Edmonton Women's Shelter.

Ms. Ambrose holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the
University of Victoria, Masters degree from the University of Alberta
and speaks four languages.

She recently took her passion for hiking to a new level by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.

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