Alumni in Government

York University has a reputation for preparing engaged global citizens who have an impact in communities around the world. Many of our graduates go on to make significant contributions in local, provincial and federal government as elected officials.
Below we spotlight some of our outstanding alumni who are making a different in all levels of government. This spotlight list is updated with new alumni twice each year.

Federal

Omar Alghabra
Liberal MP
Mississauga Centre, ON
MBA ‘00 Schulich
Gary Anandasangaree
Liberal MP
Scarborough—Rouge Park, ON
LLB ‘05 Osgoode
The Hon Navdeep Bains
Minister of ISED
Liberal MP
Mississauga—Malton, ON
BAS ‘99 LAPS
Mike Bossio
Liberal MP
Hastings—Lennox and Addington, ON
BA ‘89 LAPS
Malcolm Brown
Deputy Minister
of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
MA ‘85 LAPS
Ava Yaskiel
Scot Davidson
Conservative MP
York-Simcoe, ON
BA, ‘93 LAPS
Ali Ehsassi
Liberal MP
Willowdale, ON
LLB ‘99 Osgoode
The Hon Ahmed Hussen
Minister of Immigration…
Liberal MP
York South—Weston, ON
BA ‘02 LAPS
Majid Jowhari
Liberal MP
Richmond Hill, ON
MBA ‘92 Schulich
Iqra Khalid
Liberal MP
Mississauga—Erin Mills, ON
BA ‘07 LAPS
Kamal Khera
Liberal MP
Brampton West, ON
BScN ‘13 Health
Joe Peschisolido
Liberal MP
Steveston-Richmond East, BC
LLB ‘89 Osgoode
Lisa Raitt
Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and MP
Milton, ON
LLB ‘96 Osgoode
Taki Sarantakis
President
Canada School of Public Service
MA ‘93 LAPS
Jagmeet Singh
Jagmeet Singh
Leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party and MP
Burnaby South, BC
LLB ‘05
Sven Spengemann
Liberal MP
Mississauga—Lakeshore, ON
LLB ‘98 Osgoode
Anita Vandenbeld
Liberal MP
Ottawa West—Nepean, ON
MA ‘95 LAPS
Ava Yaskiel
Ava Yaskiel
Associate Deputy Minister
Department of Finance Canada
LLB ‘86 Osgoode

Provincial

Deepak-Anand
Deepak Anand
PC MPP
Mississauga-Malton, ON
MBA ‘07 Schulich
Jill-Andrew
Jill Andrew
NDP MPP
Toronto-St.Paul’s, ON
BEd ‘03 Education, BA ‘02 LAPS
Roman Baber
Roman Baber
PC MPP
York Centre, ON
BA ‘02 LAPS
Douglas Downey
The Hon Douglas Downey
Attorney General
PC MPP
Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte, ON
LLM ‘08 Osgoode
Chris Glover
Chris Glover
NDP MPP
Spadina-Fort York, ON
Adjunct Faculty
Joel Harden
Joel Harden
NDP MPP
Ottawa Centre, ON
PhD ‘06 LAPS, MA ‘97 LAPS
Laura Mae Lindo
Laura Mae Lindo
NDP MPP
Kitchener Centre, ON
PhD ‘11 Education, MEd ‘05 Education, BA ‘03 LAPS
Tom Rakocevic
Tom Rakocevic
NDP MPP
Humber River-Black Creek, ON
MSc ‘06 Science, BEd ‘06 Education, BSc ‘00 Science
Gurratan Singh
Gurratan Singh
NDP MPP
Brampton East, ON
LLB ‘10 Osgoode
Effie Triantafilopoulos
Effie Triantafilopoulos
PC MPP
Oakville North-Burlington, ON
LLM ‘99 Osgoode
Kevin Yarde
Kevin Yarde
NDP MPP
Brampton North, ON
BA ‘90 LAPS
Ava Yaskiel
Sarah Singh
Deputy Leader of the Ontario NDP and MPP
Brampton Centre, ON
BA, ‘07 Glendon

Municipal

Paul Ainslie
Councillor
Ward 24 – Scarborough-Guildwood
BA ‘90 LAPS
Maurizio Bevilacqua
Mayor
City of Vaughan
BA ‘85 LAPS
Brad Bradford
City of Toronto Councillor
Ward 19 – Beaches East York
BES ’09 FES
Godwin Chan
Councillor
Ward 6 - Richmond Hill
JD ’98 Osgoode
Gary Crawford
City of Toronto Councillor
Ward 20 - Scarborough Southwest
BFA ’83 AMPD
Bonnie Crombie
Mayor
Mississauga
MBA ’92 Schulich
Scott Crone
Councillor
Ward 3 - East Gwillimbury
BA ’92 LA&PS
Mario Ferri
Regional Councillor
City of Vaughan
BA ‘78 LAPS
John Filion
City of Toronto Councillor
Ward 18 – Willowdale
BA ‘73 LAPS
Virginia Hackson
Mayor
East Gwillimbury
BEd ’99 Education
Alan Ho
Councillor
Ward 2 – City of Markham
BAS ‘99 LAPS
Mike Layton
City of Toronto Councillor
Ward 11 - University-Rosedale
MES ‘06 FES
Martin Madeiros
Regional Councillor
Wards 3 & 4 - Brampton
BA ’97 LA&PS
Tom Muench
Local & Regional Councillor
Ward 2 – Richmond Hill
BAS ‘93
Denzil Minnan-Wong
Deputy Mayor
City of Toronto Councillor Ward 16 – Don Valley East
BA ‘86 Glendon, LLB ‘91 Osgoode
James Pasternak
City of Toronto Councillor
Ward 6 – York Centre
BA ‘82 LAPS
Anthony Perruzza
City of Toronto Councillor
Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek
BA ‘86 LAPS
Rowena Santos
Regional Councillor
Ward 1 & 5 - Brampton
BBA ’01 Schulich
Alan Shefman
Councillor
Ward 5 - Vaughan
BA ‘72 LA&PS
Debbie Schaefer
Councillor
Ward 5 – King Township
MBA ‘84
John Tory
Mayor
of the City of Toronto
LLB ‘78 Osgoode
Thomas Vegh
Councillor
Ward 1 – City of Newmarket
BA ‘85 LAPS

Senate

Gwen Boniface
Senator
Ontario
BA ‘82 LAPS; LLB ‘88 Osgoode
Joseph A. Day
Senator
New Brunswick
LLM ‘77 Osgoode
Marilou McPhedran
Senator
Manitoba
LLB ‘76 Osgoode
Nancy Ruth
Senator
Ontario
BA ‘69 LAPS; Hon. LLD ‘94 LAPS

 

This page features York University alumni who are elected officials within Canada’s Federal and Provincial governments. We also include elected officials from the City of Toronto and York Region. If you know of an individual that should be added to this list, please submit their name using this form.