Whatever challenges Dr. Carolyn Bennett takes on, and she has taken on many, she addresses fearlessly and tirelessly.

These days, Dr. Bennett is the Member of Parliament for St. Paul’s, a position she is honoured to have held since 1997.

Prior to her political career, Dr. Bennett was a family physician and a founding partner of Bedford Medical Associates in downtown Toronto. She also served on a number of health-related boards, hospitals and associations

With a reputation for being extremely approachable, capable and honest, Dr. Bennett leads with both her heart and her mind, allowing people to connect with her on their own terms, and in their own way. That approach has served her, her constituents, and indeed all Canadians well in Parliament.

In December 2003, in the wake of the SARS outbreak, then Prime Minister Paul Martin appointed Carolyn as the first ever Minister of State (Public Health). In just two years in that role, she set up the Public Health Agency of Canada, appointed the first Chief Public Health Officer for Canada and established the Public Health Network which enabled all provinces and territories to work with the Federal Government on protecting the health of Canadians.

Since that time, Dr. Bennett has served on a wide variety of Parliamentary committees and held a number of positions in the Liberal Caucus. Currently, she is Critic for Aboriginal Affairs and Chair of the National Liberal Women’s Caucus. Dr. Bennett is author of “Kill or Cure? How Canadians Can Remake their Health Care System,” published in October 2000.

Join former Premier of Nunavut Eva Aariak and Liberal Member of Parliament the Hon. Dr. Carolyn Bennett at A Bold Vision: Women’s Leadership Conference for a session that will provide insight into collaborative leadership.