Engineers in Parliament
Omar Alghabra, P.Eng. - Liberal - Mississauga Centre, Ontario
Omar Alghabra is a mechanical engineer by trade and an MBA graduate. He has served in a variety of positions with General Electric Canada, Enbala Power, and the Ontario Energy Board. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow within the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science at Ryerson University.
A longtime community activist, Omar is passionate about his involvement with local organizations like the Mississauga Summit and Youth Troopers for Global Awareness (YTGA). He was also a member of the community editorial board of the Toronto Star where he has authored columns on a wide range of provincial and federal issues. His work was also published in the Huffington Post. Among many of his activities, Omar has worked to support initiatives that empower new Canadians through social and economic integration.
He served as the Member of Parliament for Mississauga—Erindale from 2006 to 2008, during that time he was the Liberal Critic for Natural Resources, as well as Citizenship and Immigration.
Hon. Steven Blaney, P.Eng. - Conservative - Lévis—Bellechasse, Quebec
Steven Blaney, a professional engineer, served as the Minister of Public Safety Canada from July 15, 2013 to 41st Canadian parliament. He previously served as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State for La Francophonie in the cabinet of the Prime Minister Stephen Harper (May 18, 2011 to July 14, 2013). He has represented the Québec riding of Lévis—Bellechasse in the House of Commons since the 2006 federal election.
After his victory in 2006, Blaney was appointed Vice-President of the Quebec conservative caucus. On May 31, 2007, he was selected as Chair of the Standing Committee on Official Languages, a position that he held till September 2010. Moreover, he joined various other committees, ranging from Indian Affairs to Industry, Science and Technology, including the Environment and Sustainable Development Committee. He was also Vice-Chair of the Canada-France Interparliamentary Association. After his re-election in 2008, Blaney became the new President of the Quebec conservative caucus.
Sukh Dhaliwal, P.Eng. - Liberal - Surrey–Newton, British Colombia
A professional Engineer, British Columbia Land Surveyor and former Liberal Member of Parliament for Newton—North Delta from 2006 to 2011, Sukh Dhaliwal, is now the MP for Surrey—Newton.
After earning his Bachelor of Science (Surveying Engineering) from the University of Calgary, Sukh started his own business – Dhaliwal & Associates Land Surveying Inc. – which continues to thrive today. As a former member of the Surrey Board of Trade, he was an active spokesman for small businesses, helping foster opportunities that will drive the local economy in the future. In the past Sukh held such roles as Official Opposition Critic for the Asia Pacific Gateway and Western Economic Diversification as a Member of Parliament.
Sukh has also played a vital role in transforming Surrey into the one of the most dynamic and rapidly developing communities in Canada. He participated on the Board of Directors for SEEDS (Self Employment and Entrepreneur Development Society), was a member of the City of Surrey Parks and Community Services committee, and volunteered with Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Emergency Centre Campaign – a fundraiser to assist in the construction of the hospital’s expanded emergency ward.
Hon. Marc Garneau, P.Eng. - Liberal - Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Westmount, Quebec
Marc Garneau is the Member of Parliament for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Westmount, the Minister of Transport and an Honourary Lifetime member of Engineers Nova Scotia. He has been an MP since 2008, representing the former riding of Westmount—Ville-Marie.
Having earned a BSc in Engineering Physics and a PhD in Electrical Engineering, Marc first worked as a combat systems engineer in the Canadian Navy. He is the first Canadian astronaut ever to go into space. He subsequently served in several different positions, including President of the Canadian Space Agency, until he entered federal politics in 2005.
In addition to having drafted several resolutions in the House, Marc has served as the Liberal Critic for Industry, Science, and Technology, as well as for Natural Resources. He was also the Leader of the Liberal Party’s representative in Quebec and served as the party’s House Leader. He most recently served as the Liberal Critic for Foreign Affairs and the Francophonie.
Marc has received several honours. In 2003, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada. Two Ontario high schools are named after him, as is a spaceship in a book that is part of the popular Star Trek series (Millennium: The Fall of Terok Nor). He has also served as the Chancellor of Carleton University and is an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets.
Marilyn Gladu, P.Eng. - Conservative - Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario
Marilyn Gladu if the first female P.Eng. to be elected as a member of Parliament. She is a professional engineer who worked for Dow Chemical for 21 years, in a variety of roles locally and globally. Marilyn then became Engineering Manager and subsequently the Director of Engineering at Suncor before taking a consultant role at WorleyParsons. As a consultant, she has managed construction and commissioning teams, a team of over one hundred engineers supporting the Shell refinery, and is currently the Business Director for WorleyParsons Sarnia office.
Marilyn, a small business owner, is part of the Sarnia Lambton Industrial Alliance, supporting the Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership in initiatives to bring new industry to Sarnia Lambton. She has been an active participant in the Sarnia Chamber of Commerce as well, in initiatives to promote growth in the business sector.
During her career, Marilyn was the chair for the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineers locally, and the National Director of Science and Industrial Policy for the same organization. She has been on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Faculty of Engineering at Queen’s University, as well as the Bluewater Sustainability Initiative, and the Bluewater Technology Access Centre Advisory Council providing guidance on government funding for research.
Nick Whalen, P.Eng. - Liberal - St. John's East, Newfoundland
Nick Whalen is a lawyer and professional engineer, born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He has an LLB from McGill University, and earned both his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Engineering from Queen’s University.
Nick is involved with numerous community organizations, including serving as the director of the Parkinson Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, and chair of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy Canada – a registered charity supporting wildlife and sustainable development in Africa, primarily at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya. He also volunteers as counsel to the Gospel Folk Seniors Choir, and coaches minor soccer with Feildians Athletic Association. Nick is a partner and patent agent at the law firm McInnes Cooper, where he practices corporate commercial law, energy law, and intellectual property law. He was recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada – an annual publication ranking individual lawyers and firms across multiple areas of expertise – for his practices in Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law.