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Two alumni named to Trudeau cabinet

Morneau & Philpott

Western alumni William Morneau, BA’86 (Political Science), and Jane Philpott, MD’84, were named among 31 members of the new Liberal cabinet of recently elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau tapped Morneau as Finance Minister and Philpott as Health Minister at swearing-in ceremonies held Nov. 4 at Rideau Hall.

Morneau, Executive Chair of Morneau Shepell, is an accomplished business leader who has been an active volunteer in Toronto Centre for more than 20 years. He studied retirement issues as a member of the Government of Ontario’s Pension Advisory Council and, in 2012, was appointed as Pension Investment Advisor to Ontario’s Minister of Finance.

Jane Philpott is a family physician and was the Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital. She was also an assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine.

This article appeared in the Winter 2016 edition of Alumni Gazette
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