Born in Geneva, Switzerland to Iranian parents, Ehsassi immigrated first to New York and then to Canada as a teenager. He has degrees in law from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School and Georgetown University Law School. He also holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto and the Master’s of Science from the London School of Economics.
He has practiced as a lawyer in Toronto and in Washington, DC specializing in international trade and arbitration. He also sat on the International Law Executive of the Ontario Bar Association.
Ehsassi has worked as a public servant in international trade at the provincial and federal levels, first that the Ontario Department of Economic Development and International Trade and then at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
Ehsassi has been an active volunteer for the Liberal Party for quite a while. He says that he’s learned to always look to the future.
Of note, Ehsassi’s maternal great-grandfather was an Iranian statesman and Minister of Justice. His father was an Iranian diplomat who left Iran with his family after the 1979 revolution in that country. Ehsassi is one of two Iranian-Canadians elected to the House of Commons, a first in 2015.