Responsible, compassionate, and thoughtful, Lisa Raitt’s life changed when she first met Stephen Harper, who inspired her to run in the former riding of Halton in 2008 and then asked Lisa to serve in his Cabinet immediately after being elected to the House of Commons. She was most recently re-elected to serve as the Member of Parliament for Milton.
Previously, Ms. Raitt served as Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Minister of Labour and Minister of Transport and following the 2015 federal election, the finance critic for the Official Opposition.
Prior to her election to the House of Commons, Lisa was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Port Authority (TPA). She had previously served as the TPA’s general counsel and harbourmaster.
Lisa is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University and holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Guelph. She earned her law degree from Osgoode Hall at York University, specializing in intellectual property, commercial litigation and shipping arbitration.
Lisa is an active member of her community and has volunteered for many worthwhile organizations including the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and various Mental Health initiatives across Canada. As Minister of Labour, Lisa helped launch Bell’s Let’s Talk, starting a nationwide conversation about mental health.
Lisa is married to Bruce Wood and the mother of two boys who are actively involved with many sports organizations in their family hometown of Milton, Ontario.