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

Jagmeet Singh
Jagmeet Singh
Leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party
LLB ‘05
Joe Peschisolido
Liberal MP
Steveston-Richmond East, BC
LLB ‘89 Osgoode
Omar Alghabra
Liberal MP
Mississauga Centre, ON
MBA ‘00 Schulich
Gary Anandasangaree
Liberal MP
Scarborough—Rouge Park, ON
LLB ‘05 Osgoode
Navdeep Bains
Liberal MP
Mississauga—Malton, ON Minister of ISED
BAS ‘99 LAPS
Mike Bossio
Liberal MP
Hastings—Lennox and Addington, ON
BA ‘89 LAPS
Ali Ehsassi
Liberal MP
Willowdale, ON
LLB ‘99 Osgoode
Raj Grewal
Liberal MP
Brampton East, ON
MBA ‘10 Schulich
Ahmed Hussen
Liberal MP
York South—Weston, ON Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
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
Lisa Raitt
Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and MP
Milton, ON
LLB ‘96 Osgoode
Sven Spengemann
Liberal MP
Mississauga—Lakeshore, ON
LLB ‘98 Osgoode
Peter Van Loan
Conservative MP
York—Simcoe, ON
LLB ‘87 Osgoode
Anita Vandenbeld
Liberal MP
Ottawa West—Nepean, ON
MA ‘95 LAPS
Malcolm Brown
Deputy Minister
of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
MA ‘85 LAPS
Taki Sarantakis
President
Canada School of Public Service
MA ‘93 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
Douglas Downey
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

Municipal

John Tory
Mayor
of the City of Toronto
LLB ‘78 Osgoode
John Campbell
City of Toronto Councillor
Ward 4 – Etobicoke Centre
MBA ‘99 Schulich
Anthony Perruzza
City of Toronto Councillor
Ward 8 – York West
BA ‘86 LAPS
Maria Augimeri
City of Toronto Councillor
Ward 9 – York Centre
BA ‘76 LAPS
James Pasternak
City of Toronto Councillor
Ward 10 – York Centre
BA ‘82 LAPS
Mike Layton
City of Toronto Councillor
Ward 19-Trinity Spadina
MES ‘06 FES
John Filion
City of Toronto Councillor
Ward 23 – Willowdale
BA ‘73 LAPS
Denzil Minnan-Wong
Deputy Mayor
City of Toronto CouncillorWard 34 – Don Valley East
BA ‘86 Glendon
Chin Lee
Councillor
Ward 41 – Scarborough Rouge River
BA ‘90 Lassonde
Paul Ainslie
Councillor
Ward 43 – Scarborough East
BA ‘90 LAPS
Nirmala Armstrong
Regional Councillor
City of Markham
LLM ‘10 Osgoode
Alan Ho
Councillor
Ward 2 – City of Markham
BAS ‘99 LAPS
Maurizio Bevilacqua
Mayor
City of Vaughan
BA ‘85 LAPS
Michael Di Biase
Deputy Mayor &
Regional Councillor
BA ‘70 LAPS
Mario Ferri
Regional Councillor
City of Vaughan
BA ‘78 LAPS
Thomas Vegh
Councillor
Ward 1 – City of Newmarket
BA ‘85 LAPS
Vito Spatafora
Local & Regional Councillor
Ward 1 – Richmond Hill
N/A
Brenda Hogg
Local & Regional Councillor
Richmond Hill
BA ‘88 - BSW ‘97
Tom Muench
Local & Regional Councillor
Ward 2 – Richmond Hill
BAS ‘93
Debbie Schaefer
Councillor
Ward 5 – King Township
MBA ‘84
Jim Hart
City of Toronto Councillor
Ward 44 - Scarborough East
LAPS ‘81

Senate

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