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Mark Adler was elected as the Member of Parliament for York Centre on May 2, 2011. He is the first child of a Holocaust survivor to ever be elected as an MP. He is a member of the House of Commons Finance Committee and Transport and Infrastructure Committee and actively represents York Centre residents in the community and in Ottawa. By sitting on the Finance Committee Mark is able to directly affect government spending through taxation and budgetary legislation, and thus help to improve the economies of both the riding and Canada as a whole. As a Transport Committee member, Mark is concerned primarily with all areas covered by Transport Canada and Infrastructure Canada, including infrastructure funding under the Building Canada Plan, the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund and the Green Infrastructure Fund; airport security; ports policy; inter-provincial trucking; the National Highway System; airline mergers and railway safety.
Mark is also the Co-Chair of the Canada-Russia Parliamentary Friendship Group, the Chair of the Canada-Kazakhstan Parliamentary Friendship Group and the Co-Chair of the All-Party Interfaith Committee.
Motivating him to best represent York Centre in Parliament are the strong personal ties that Mark has with the area. He was born and raised in the York Centre community and attended Anthony Road Public School, Dufferin Heights Junior High and William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute.
Mark attended the University of Toronto and the Graduate School of Public Administration at Carleton University, Mark worked as a trade representative for Ontario’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Technology in Boston, Massachusetts and then as Director of Corporate Programs with the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, where he led delegations of influential Canadian businessmen to various countries to meet with world leaders and decision makers.
Mark is also an accomplished author, penning a series of publications on the topic of cross border shopping, which earned him acclaim within the industry. Through these works, Mark looked to educate and inform Canadians regarding opportunities to save money on regularly purchased items.
Mark’s passion for public affairs and economic issues led him to establish a business in Toronto in 2003. He founded The Economic Club of Canada, which became the leading Canadian public affairs and speaker’s forum for business, national, and international issues. Since its inception, the Club has attained a reputation for being the podium of record, where members and guests are able to come face-to-face with the most important, relevant, and influential leaders of our time. As President and CEO, Mark has been instrumental in attracting speakers of the highest calibre, such as Senator John McCain, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wayne Gretzky, President Bill Clinton, former US Ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Beverley McLachlin.
Mark lives in York Centre with his wife Alison, and their two children Ethan and Isabelle. Mark and his family are active members of the Bathurst Jewish Community Centre as well as the Beth Jacob and Beth Emeth synagogues.
Mark is also a member of the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians (IJCP), a partner organization of the World Jewish Congress (WJC). The IJCP is committed to uphold the principles of democracy, further the cause of human rights and promote the rule of law.
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.
John Barlow is the Member of Parliament for the beautiful riding of Macleod, Alberta. Before being elected to office in 2014, John was serving as the Associate Publisher and Editor for the Okotoks Western Wheel, and had been with them for almost 17 years. He was also the Senior Editor Southern Alberta for Greatwest Newspapers overseeing the editorial departments in four newspapers including Cochrane, Rockyview, Okotoks and Airdrie.
For the past four years John has been a valued member of the Journalism Advisory Boards at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and Mount Royal University. John has won numerous professional awards including the 2008 and 2009 Telus Excellence in Editorial Awards, 2012 Gordon Scott Memorial Award, Okotoks and District Chamber of Commerce Service Excellence Award and many Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association and Newspapers Canada awards.
John has a passion for community, and before becoming Member of Parliament he served as the vice-president of the Okotoks Rotary Pub Club, chair of the Foothills Highland Games, a member of the Friends of the Junior A Oilers and Okotoks Junior A Oilers board of directors, chair of the High Country Sports Facility Fundraising Society, communications director for the Firefit Games, member of the Okotoks Library Board, and a member of the Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association committee.
John and Louise have raised their three children, Graeden, 23, Kinley 20, and McKenna, 15, in High River and have lived in Okotoks for the past 10 years. Louise grew up in High River where her family owned and operated Highland Bakery and later Ross’ Bakery.