Before becoming the Liberal MP for Mississauga–Streetsville Gagan Sikand was a lawyer and small business owner who has lived in the riding for more than 25 years. He says he ran to be the MP for the community because he cares deeply about its future.
As a lawyer he worked for Ontario’s Attorney General as well as in the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts in criminology and philosophy from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Law from Brunel Law School in London, UK. He is a non-practicing member of the Upper Canada Law Society.
He is active in his community and has volunteered as a basketball coach and as a youth mentor with the Kids Now program. He is a regular volunteer with the local community centre and food bank. His work at the Seva Food Bank demonstrated to him the growing struggles his neighbours have been facing over the past few years. He has also served on the advisory council for the local United Way.
Sikand owns a Subway franchise in Mississauga.
Sikand is one of the record number of Canadians of South Asian heritage elected to the House of Commons in 2015.