CIGI is thrilled to host the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions, for a discussion of the importance of and considerations around cyber security in the upcoming federal election. Opening remarks will be provided by the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, and Member of Parliament for the Riding of Waterloo.
Karina Gould is a trade and investment specialist and community activist with deep roots in her hometown of Burlington, Ontario. Between December 2015 and January 2017, she served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, before her appointment in January 2017 as Canada’s Minister of Democratic Institutions.
A graduate of McGill University and the University of Oxford, Karina is passionate about public service and international development. Before her election as the Member of Parliament for Burlington, Karina worked as a trade and investment specialist for the Mexican Trade Commission, a consultant for the Migration and Development Program at the Organization of American States, and spent a year volunteering at an orphanage in Mexico.
Karina is an active member of her community and an advocate for women’s issues and affordable housing. She has volunteered with and actively supports the Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club, the Burlington chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women, the Mississauga Furniture Bank, Halton Women’s Place, and other local causes. She lives in Burlington with her husband and son.
A natural leader and organizer, the Honourable Bardish Chagger is devoted to inclusion and community building. From assisting with recreational sports for kids to volunteering with seniors, she is committed to strengthening the bonds of the Waterloo community.
In her role with the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre, Minister Chagger has worked to foster diversity within the community, providing opportunities for social and economic engagement. As the executive assistant to former Member of Parliament Andrew Telegdi, she gained a deep understanding of the issues that are important to residents of Waterloo, including manufacturing, technology, and innovation.
Passionate about community involvement, Minister Chagger has lent her support to many different causes and organizations including The Rotary Club of Waterloo, Interfaith Grand River, and the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin. She considers herself part of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms generation, and has participated in policy conferences on many issues, including the advancement of same-sex marriage rights and the national manufacturing strategy.
Minister Chagger graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science. In 2012, The Waterloo Region Record recognized her as one of “40 under 40” who would lead the Region of Waterloo into the future.
Minister Chagger served as a minister from 2015 to 2018, and is currently the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons.