The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
Dr. K. Kellie Leitch was elected to the House of Commons in May 2011 to represent the Ontario riding of Simcoe-Grey. She served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour until July 2013, when she was appointed Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women.
Dr. Leitch was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and grew up in Fort McMurray, Alberta and is a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon. She earned her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Toronto in 1994 and her MBA from Dalhousie University in 1998. She completed a fellowship at the University of Southern California / Los Angeles Children’s Hospital and at age 34 became Canada’s youngest Chief of Paediatric Surgery.
Dr. Leitch is the former Chair of the Ivey Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership and has served on various councils and boards, including the YMCA and Community Living. As a volunteer, Dr. Leitch has served as council member of the National Research Council of Canada, board member of Genome Canada, director on the YMCA of Greater Toronto board of directors, and Vice-President of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research. She is also the founder of the Sandbox Project.
Dr. Leitch was recognized with the Order of Ontario for her advocacy work on behalf of Canadian children and, in 2005, she was selected as one of Canada's "Top 40 Under 40" for her work in both medicine and business.
In addition to her role as a Minister and a parliamentarian, Dr. Leitch is still a practicing surgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa. She resides in Creemore, Ontario.
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