Summit Meeting Chairs



Hon. Mélanie Joly

Minister of Canadian Heritage

Minister of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Mélanie Joly is the MP for Ahuntsic-Cartierville and Minister of Canadian Heritage. Under her ministerial portfolio, her main responsibilities are Official Languages, Arts and Culturalism, the media and multiculturalism.

A lawyer by training, Melanie has worked for major law firms in Montreal before jumping into the world of communications as Associate Director of the Montreal office for international communications agency Cohn & Wolfe.

As founder of the Real Change for Montreal party, Melanie ran for Mayor of Montreal. She finished the race as runner-up with 26.5% of the vote and eight councilors elected under her party’s banner.

A firm believer in the importance of community involvement, Melanie has served on numerous boards of directors, including at the CHUM Foundation and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. She also cofounded the think tank Génération d’idées, aimed at youth.

Mélanie’s leadership has been repeatedly recognized. Amongst the honors received, she was chosen as Woman of the Year in 2008 in the Emerging category. In 2010, she became the first Quebec personality to be awarded the Arnold Edinborough Award for her involvement in the cultural community.

Melanie holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Montreal and a Masters degree in European and Comparative Law from the University of Oxford.