The Honourable Catherine McKenna was elected as the first female Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre in 2015. Minister McKenna has earned a reputation as a skilled negotiator and tenacious community builder. A champion for Ottawa Centre, she is proud of what she has achieved for residents in her riding, including securing federal funding for cleaner transit, the new central library, and the Flora Footbridge. She also secured more summer jobs for students and new investments in affordable housing, and worked to help grow the local economy.
Minister McKenna has worked to protect the Ottawa River, make local buildings more energy efficient, and create new green jobs for youth. She led efforts to put a price on pollution, phase out coal, reduce plastics in our oceans, and expand our national parks. She has also been an ardent promoter of innovation and investments in the clean tech sector to create good middle-class jobs for Canadians.
Minister McKenna previously worked as a lawyer in Canada and Indonesia and as a negotiator with the United Nations mission in East Timor, and taught at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She also co-founded the charitable organization Level Justice.
Minister McKenna holds degrees from the University of Toronto, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and McGill University’s Faculty of Law.
A mom of three, Minister McKenna is a long-time resident of the Glebe.