Speaker Profiles

Mélanie Joly

Mélanie Joly

Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie

Government of Canada

The Honourable Mélanie Joly is Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie. Her mandate consists of growing, and increasing the visibility of, the Canadian tourism industry, which accounts for nearly two million jobs across the country; safeguarding our two official languages; and promoting the use of French in Canada and around the world, including in the digital sphere. She is taking on this challenge with enthusiasm, after having been Minister of Canadian Heritage from 2015 to 2018. In that position, she passionately promoted Canadian culture, announcing a historic reinvestment in culture as well as the largest federal investment in official languages to date in this country.

In addition to her ministerial duties, Mélanie Joly occupies a leadership role within Cabinet as Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Environment and Clean Growth.

A lawyer by training, Minister Joly holds an Honours Bachelor of Law from Université de Montréal and a Magister Juris in European and Comparative Law from the University of Oxford. She was awarded a number of prizes and scholarships, including the Chevening Scholarship, administered by the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She is a firm believer in the importance of community involvement, and her enthusiasm for community service has led her to sit on a number of boards of directors. She has been recognized many times for her involvement, including receiving the Arnold Edinborough Award in 2010—the first woman from Quebec to do so—for her commitment to the cultural community.

Prior to her entry into federal politics, Minister Joly founded and led Le vrai changement pour Montréal party, running for mayor of Montréal in 2013 under its banner. She is the author of Changing the Rules of the Game, sharing a personal vision for public policy and civic engagement. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Minister Joly was elected to the House of Commons for the first time in 2015 and is proud to be the Member of Parliament for Ahuntsic–Cartierville.

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