Former Paralympian Carla Qualtrough was Canada’s new Minister of Public Services and Procurement.
Qualtrough is a human rights lawyer by trade. Before her election Qualtrough was Vice-Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal of BC. She also worked as legal counsel for the BC Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission. She also chaired the BC Minister’s Council on Employment and Accessibility.
Qualtrough has a Bachelor’s degree in political science and government and a law degree from the University of Victoria. She has worked as a as a mediator and arbitrator, and has taught courses in mediation and negotiation.
Visually impaired since birth, Qualtrough has been named one of Canada’s Most Influential Women in Sport six times, and she received a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. In her swimming career, Qualtrough won three Paralympic medals and four World Championships. She has been involved as a volunteer with the International Paralympic Committee and the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games. She is a passionate volunteer advocating the power of physical activity to change lives.
Qualtrough is the former President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. She is a member of the Board of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. She also worked with the BC government to develop a white paper on disability.
Carla is married to Eron Main, the CEO of the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation. Together they have four children.