Speaker Profiles

Erin O'Toole

Erin O'Toole

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade

Member of Parliament for Durham

Erin O’Toole is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Durham in Ontario, Canada. In September 2013, Prime Minister Harper asked Erin to serve as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, a role that has him working with the Minister on opening new markets for Canadians goods and services around the world.

In 1991, he joined the Canadian Forces and enrolled at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) in Kingston. He graduated from the RMC in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and was commissioned as an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).

Upon completion of his service in the regular forces in 2000, Erin transferred to the Canadian Forces reserves and attended law school at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Following his articles and call to the bar in Ontario, Erin practiced law in a variety of corporate settings giving him a broad understanding of business issues. He began his career practicing litigation, insolvency and energy regulation law at Stikeman Elliott LLP, one of Canada’s largest law firms. He then worked for several years as in-house corporate counsel for Procter & Gamble (P&G) in Canada. P&G is a widely-respected global company and one of the largest private sector employers in Eastern Ontario. While at P&G, Erin managed all litigation for the company in Canada and provided counsel to management on advertising, environmental and general commercial issues. Following his work at P&G, Erin returned to private practice and joined the respected Canadian law firm Heenan Blaikie LLP in Toronto. At Heenan Blaikie, Erin was practicing corporate law and working with clients on business development matters in Canada and internationally.

Erin has also been an active organizer and fundraiser for several national charities. In 2009, he was one of the founders of the True Patriot Love Foundation, which has raised over $11 million for programs supporting members of the military, veterans and their families. He has also served as a Director and dinner co-chair for the non-partisan Churchill Society, where he helped raise over $125,000 for educational programs about our parliamentary democracy. Erin has also helped raise funds and awareness of Canadian history as a Director of the Vimy Foundation and is part of the foundation’s 2017 – Century of Vimy campaign cabinet. Until his election to Parliament, Erin also served on the Board of Governors of the Royal Military College of Canada, his alma matter.

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