Speaker Profiles

The Honourable Monte Solberg, P.C

The Honourable Monte Solberg, P.C

Principal

New West Public Affairs

As Member of Parliament (Medicine Hat) from 1993-2008, Monte served under Prime Minister Stephen Harper as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and as Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.

As a Minister, he focused his efforts on helping Canadians become more self-reliant. As Immigration Minister, he worked to help newcomers learn new skills, land jobs, and learn the values that have made Canada the great nation it is. As Human Resources Minister, he worked to help students, persons with disabilities, aboriginal people, and older workers, acquire the new skills that lead to good jobs. He oversaw efforts to bring about major reforms in Employment Insurance, Post-Secondary Education Funding, and Aboriginal Housing.

While in Opposition, Monte served as his party's Chief Critic for Finance, Human Resources Development, National Revenue, and Foreign Affairs.

Over several years, Monte was selected by Parliament Hill staffers as one of the top three communicators in Parliament. He was also consistently recognized as one of the top three most humorous MPs. In the 2008 survey, he was chosen as the Minister most desirable to work for. Monte retired from office in September 2008.

Monte continues to speak on public policy issues across Canada and internationally. He also serves as a Governor with the International Development Research Centre. In the past four years, Monte has acted as a senior advisor and worked as an independent consultant, providing counsel to some of Canada's largest organizations.

Raised in Drumheller, Alberta and Rosetown, Saskatchewan, Monte was the General Manager of CHUM Radio Alberta prior to political life.

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