Minister of Canadian Heritage
As Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly is responsible for policies related to arts and culture, the media, official and indigenous languages, multiculturalism, and the National Capital Region. She is the Member of Parliament for the Montréal riding of Ahuntsic–Cartierville.
A lawyer by training, Mélanie Joly worked in civil and commercial litigation at major law firms in Montréal before entering the communications field as a managing partner at the Montréal office of international communications firm Cohn & Wolfe. As founder of the Vrai changement pour Montréal party, she ran for mayor of Montréal in 2013.
Mélanie plays an active role in her community; she has served on a number of boards of directors, including those of the Régie des rentes du Québec and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. She also served as a member of the Conseil supérieur de la langue française. With her passion for public policy, in 2008 she co-founded Génération d’idées, a political think tank. Mélanie Joly has also distinguished herself through her community involvement, including as a spokesperson for the women’s shelter Logis Rose-Virginie and as an ambassador for La rue des Femmes.
Mélanie’s contribution to her community has received several honours, and her leadership has been recognized in a number of publications, including Les Affaires, La Presse and Elle Québec. In 2010, she became the first Quebecer to receive the Arnold Edinborough Award for her involvement in the cultural sector.