The Honourable Lisa Raitt is the Member of Parliament for Halton, Ontario, where she was first elected in 2008. She was appointed as Minister of Natural Resources by the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, on October 29, 2008.
Until her election, Minister Raitt was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Port Authority (TPA), responsible for leading the Canadian federal corporation that manages commerce, transportation (including the Toronto City Centre Airport) and recreation in the Toronto harbour. In 2008, she was elected Chair of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities. She had previously served as the TPA’s chief counsel, and Harbourmaster.
Minister Raitt pursued education first in science, graduating with a B.Sc. from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, and an M.Sc. in Chemistry, specialized in environmental biochemical toxicology, from the University of Guelph (Ontario). She then proceeded to earn her LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School. Upon her call to the bar in 1998, she was honoured as a Dr. Harold G. Fox Scholar and trained with barristers in the United Kingdom who specialized in international trade, commerce, transportation and arbitration.
In the Halton community, she has been an active canvasser and fundraiser for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and for her children’s hockey, soccer and gymnastics organizations. In 2002, she was invited to become a member of the Canadian branch of the worldwide Young Presidents Organization.