David Lametti is the new MP for LaSalle–Émard–Verdun and has been named the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
Lametti has a Bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Toronto and Bachelor’s degrees in both civil and common law from McGill University. He graduated with his Master’s in Law from Yale Law School and a DPhil in Law from Oxford University. Before he began his doctoral work, Lametti was a clerk to Justice Peter DeCarteret Cory at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Before his election, Lametti was an Professor in the Faculty of Law at McGill. He specialized in property, intellectual property and private and comparative law. He also served as the Associate Dean (Academic) between 2008 and 2011. He was a member of the McGill University Senate, the McGill University Quebec Research Centre of Private and Comparative Law and is a Governor of the Fondation du Barreau du Québec. He co-founded the McGill Centre for Intellectual Property Policy.
Lametti’s interest in politics started at a young age. Born in Port Colborne, Ontario, he started working as a volunteer for the Liberal Party in 1979 and co-founded Erie Riding New Liberals, the youth wing of the party in the southern Niagara region. He has said that his experience working in construction as a young man demonstrated to him that investment in infrastructure creates jobs.
Lametti is married to Geneviève Saumier, a professor in the Faculty of Law at McGill University. They have three children. He speaks French, English and Italian fluently.