Speaker Profiles

The Honourable Julian Fantino

The Honourable Julian Fantino

Minister of International Cooperation

The Government of Canada

The Honourable Julian Fantino is Canada's Minister of International Cooperation and Member of Parliament for the riding of Vaughan.
He previously served as Associate Minister of National Defence and as Minister of State for Seniors. First elected to the House of Commons in November 2010, Minister Fantino was re-elected in May 2011. Prior to his election to Parliament, Minister Fantino served for almost 40 years in law enforcement, including as Chief of the London Police Service, Chief of the York Regional Police, and Chief of the Toronto Police Service. He served as Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police and as Ontario's Commissioner of Emergency Management. He was also Past-President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, Secretary Treasurer of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Vice-President-at-Large of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and an advisor to the Major Cities Chiefs. Minister Fantino is active in local and international victim rights groups, especially in protecting children from sexual exploitation and abuse. He is an honorary member of the Canadian Crime Victim Foundation, is involved in community organizations, particularly with programs aimed at making organized sports accessible to disadvantaged children, and volunteers and supports a number of long-term care facilities for seniors in Vaughan. Minister Fantino has received many awards for his work, including the Human Rights Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Outstanding Service Award from the Canadian Safe Schools Network, the Consumers' Choice Man of the Year Award, and the Toronto Award. He was appointed to the Order of St. John, Member of the Order of Ontario, and Commander of the Order of the Police Forces. In 2009, he received the 40-Year Police Exemplary Service Bar for his extensive service. Mr. Fantino was born in Italy and immigrated to Canada at the age of 11. He and his wife, Liviana, have two children and four grandchildren.

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