Party Caucuses Archives: Southwestern Ontario Caucus

Ben Lobb was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008.  He was sworn in as the Member of Parliament for Huron—Bruce on October 30th, 2008.  He was re-elected again in May 2011.

Ben is currently a member of two Standing Committees, Health and Veterans Affairs.  Ben is the former chair of the Government Auto Caucus and is also a member of the Rural Caucus.  He has also been a member of the standing committee on Human Resources, Skills, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, Public Safety and National Security and Agriculture and Agri-Food.

Prior to entering politics, Ben worked at Wescast Industries in Wingham, Ontario for seven years and as a Cost Analyst and Purchasing Manager for Desire2Learn.  He also worked for as an auctioneer for his father’s company, Richard Lobb Auctions founded in 1965.

Ben attended Central Huron Secondary School in Clinton. Upon graduation from CHSS he attended Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Cum Laude.

Ben is married to Andrea Lobb.  They reside in Holmesville

Diane Finley was first elected to Parliament in 2004 and re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2011.

In July 2013, Ms. Finley was appointed Minister of Public Works and Government Services. Previously, she was appointed Minister of Human Resources and Social Development in February 2006, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration in January 2007 and Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development in October 2008.

Ms. Finley began her professional career as an administrator at the University of Western Ontario’s French Immersion School. Prior to her election, she held several senior positions in both the public and private sectors encompassing health care, transportation, agricultural equipment manufacturing, printing and publishing, and aviation. In addition, Ms. Finley has been active with a number of organizations, including the Brant Community Care Access Centre, the National Standards Committee of the Paramedic Association of Canada, the Ambulance Service Alliance of Ontario, the Ontario Government Health Policy Advisory Council, and the Thyroid Foundation of Canada.

Ms. Finley has a bachelor’s degree in administrative studies and a master’s in business administration from the University of Western Ontario.

Harold Albrecht is a proud lifelong resident of the riding of Kitchener-Conestoga. He attended Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School and Waterloo Lutheran University (now Wilfrid Laurier University), before going on to the University of Toronto; attaining his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 1973. He returned to Waterloo Region, opening a dental practice and operating it successfully for 27 years.

Before entering public service, Harold was an active member of the community, both locally and globally.  He served as a Trustee for the Waterloo County Board of Education from 1978 to 1982, and as Chair in 1981-82. He was founding Pastor at Pathway Community Church in south Kitchener, and served there for six years.

In remote parts of Honduras and the Dominican Republic, Harold lent his professional skills to numerous relief efforts organized by the Christian Medical-Dental Society. Far too often, these visits by nurses, surgeons, dentists and opthamologists would provide the only medical service a village could access for months. Other international service assignments brought him to diverse countries such as Venezuela, Colombia, Zambia, Nepal, and India.

Harold was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006, narrowly defeating incumbent Lynn Myers. In the subsequent election of October 2008, Harold was re-elected with 49.2% of votes cast. In November of 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper named Harold Deputy Government Whip, and re-appointed him subsequent to the May 2nd 2011 election.

In January 2013, Harold was unanimously elected Chair of the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development.

Harold is active in a number of Caucuses devoted to facilitating better understanding of specific sectors and causes. These include the Auto Caucus, the Energy Caucus, the Rural Caucus, and the Pro-Life Caucus. Harold also founded the Bio Caucus and is a co-founder of the Post-Secondary Education Caucus and the Parliamentary Committee on Palliative & Compassionate Care. He is also Chair of the Canada-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group and the Chemistry Caucus.

Harold is the father of 3 married children and 9 grandchildren. He lives in Kitchener with his wife Darlene.

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