Greg Rickford was acclaimed as the PC Ontario candidate for Kenora-Rainy River on Saturday November 18th at a meeting held in Dryden, Ontario.
Instilled with the values of hard work and public service from a young age, Greg has earned degrees in common and civil law from McGill University, and an MBA from Laval University. Those values brought Greg to the remote First Nations communities of Northern Ontario as a young man where he worked as a nurse and lawyer. Greg’s experience led him to understand the issues and opportunities that face the Kenora-Rainy River riding. As a federal Member of Parliament, Greg made improving economic and infrastructure conditions for First Nations in the area one of his core goals. He was the first Conservative MP ever elected in the 84-year history of the Kenora riding. In 2013, Greg was appointed to Cabinet as the Minister of State (Science and Technology) and the Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor). In 2014, he was promoted to the Minister of Natural Resources while retaining his responsibilities for FedNor. Previously, Greg had served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, the Parliamentary Secretary for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), and for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor).
Since 2015, Greg Rickford has practiced law and serves as a strategic advisor to a number of companies and organizations specializing in natural resources, indigenous affairs, health, and legal matters. Greg has also served as on the Board of Directors for Noront Resources Ltd. – a publicly traded company on the TSX since April 7, 2017.
Greg and his wife Janet have two daughters, Abigail Mae and Poppy Kate. Greg is a diehard Toronto Blue Jays & Toronto Maple Leafs fan and loves college football. An avid sport shooter at the Lake of the Woods Gun Club, Greg is also a fishing and yoga enthusiast, Greg's favourite place in the world is with his family at his home in Keewatin on Lake of the Woods.