, Ontario , Canada
|| May 07, 1968
Nov 25, 2017 11:21am
|Info||Lisa Raitt is the Conservative Party of Canada candidate for the constituency of Halton, Ontario. Married with two small children, she is a business executive, with degrees in law and environmental science. |
Until she took unpaid leave in September, 2008, Lisa was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Port Authority (TPA), responsible for leading the Canadian federal corporation that manages commerce, transportation (including the Toronto City Centre Airport) and recreation in the Toronto harbour. In August, 2008, she was elected Chair of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities. She had previously served as the TPA’s chief counsel, and Harbourmaster.
Lisa pursued education first in science, graduating with a B.Sc. from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, and an M.Sc. in Chemistry, specialized in environmental biochemical toxicology, from the University of Guelph. She then proceeded to earn her LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School. Upon her call to the bar in 1998, she was honoured as a Dr. Harold G. Fox Scholar and trained with barristers in the United Kingdom who specialized in international trade, commerce, transportation and arbitration.
After the birth of her first child, Lisa and her family moved to Oakville, in the Halton riding. Her husband Dave is an award-winning writer/comedian and an alumnus of the world-famous Second City comedy troupe, and is a small business owner. Lisa and Dave have two sons, John Colin who is seven years old, and Billy, who is four.
Lisa grew up in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and is the youngest of seven children. Her father was first a mine worker, loading coal onto ships, and then a union leader, and her mother was a small businesswoman.
In the community, Lisa has been an active Halton canvasser and fundraiser for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and for her children’s hockey, soccer and gymnastics organizations. In 2002, she was invited to become a member of the Canadian branch of the worldwide Young Presidents Organization.