Jonathan Wilkinson (politician)

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Jonathan Wilkinson

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
Assumed office
July 18, 2018
Preceded byDominic LeBlanc
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
In office
December 2, 2015 – July 18, 2018
MinisterCatherine McKenna
Preceded byColin Carrie
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for North Vancouver
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byAndrew Saxton
Personal details
Born (1965-06-11) June 11, 1965 (age 54)
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Political partyLiberal
ResidenceNorth Vancouver, British Columbia
Alma materUniversity of Saskatchewan (B.A.)
University of Oxford, McGill University (Masters)

Jonathan Wilkinson PC MP (born June 11, 1965) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to represent the riding of North Vancouver in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 federal election, and re-elected in the 2019 election. He is the current Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard. Before entering politics, Wilkinson was a constitutional negotiator and businessman who spent twenty years in the private sector, mainly with green technology companies.

Early life and career[edit]

Wilkinson was born in Sault Ste. Marie and grew up in Saskatoon.[1] He was the former leader of the New Democratic Party's youth wing in Saskatchewan.[1][2]

Wilkinson earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Saskatchewan and went on to win the Prairies Rhodes Scholar in 1988, reading Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at Exeter College, Oxford.[3] He earned master's degrees in international relations, politics, and economics from Oxford and McGill.[1]

Wilkinson was an advisor to Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow and served in the provincial civil service from 1991 to 1995, when he joined Bain & Company's Toronto branch.[1] In 1999, he relocated to Vancouver to work for QuestAir Technologies, a gas purification company and he became its CEO in 2002.[1] In 2009, he became the senior vice-president for business development in Nexterra Systems, a biomass company.[1] In 2011, Wilkinson became the CEO of BioteQ Environmental Technologies, a water treatment company based in Vancouver.[1]

On July 18, 2018, Wilkinson was appointed Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard in the 29th Canadian Ministry.[4] Wilkinson supports the Trudeau government's purchase and construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Blackwell, Richard (6 September 2012). "BioteQ's Jonathan Wilkinson a business oddity, but no fish out of water". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Liberals select North Shore candidates for 2015 federal election". Vancouver Sun. 28 June 2014. Archived from the original on 24 March 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  3. ^ "The Impact of Philanthropy: The Rhodes Trust Donor Report 2011–2012" (PDF). Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  4. ^ Laanela, Mike (July 18, 2018). "North Vancouver MP Jonathan Wilkinson named federal minister of fisheries, oceans, coast guard". CBC News. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "House of Commons Hansard #279 of the 42nd Parliament, 1st Session". April 16, 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
29th Ministry – Cabinet of Justin Trudeau
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Dominic LeBlanc Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
July 17, 2018 –