Dr. Jane Philpott is the MP for Markham–Stouffville. She is also Minister of Indigenous Services.
Philpott was also appointed as the chair of the Cabinet Committee on Inclusive Growth, Opportunities and Innovation and as a member of the Cabinet Committee on Intelligence and Emergency Management.
Philpott is a trained family physician. Prior to the 2015 election she was working as the Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital and as an assistant professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.
She is known for her work on the social determinants of health. She has said that she ran for office because she sees economics and environment as key to human health.
Philpott has a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Western Ontario, a Master’s of Public Health in Global Health Concentration from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She also completed a fellowship in tropical medicine at the Toronto General Hospital.
Philpott spent almost a decade working in Niger, helping to develop a training program for village health workers and fundraising to fight HIV/AIDS. She founded Give a Day to World AIDS, a charity that has raised more than $4 million to help those affected by the disease.
She was also the family medicine lead in the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration, helping faculty at Addis Ababa University development their first training program for family medicine.
She has won many awards for her work including the 2013 Yves Talbot Award for Excellence in Global Health Leadership.
Philpott was born in Toronto and raised in Winnipeg. Her father was a Presbyterian minister and her mother was a schoolteacher. She is married to Pep Philpott, a CBC Radio journalist. They have four children.