Kirsty Duncan was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008. She has been named the Minister of Science in Prime Minister Trudeau’s cabinet. In that role she has been given the task of establishing a Chief Science Officer to advise MPs.
In addition to her work as an MP, Duncan works as an adjunct professor teaching medical geography at the University of Toronto and global environmental processes at Royal Roads University.
Before running for office, Duncan was an associate professor of health studies at the University of Toronto and the research director for the AIC Institute of Corporate Citizenship at the Rotman School of Management. She was previously a professor in meteorology, climatology and climate change at the University of Windsor.
Duncan has a PhD in geography from the University of Edinburgh. She is the author of two books, Hunting the 1918 Flu: One Scientist’s Search for a Killer Virus published in 2003 and Environment and Health: Protecting our Common Future, published in 2008. She is passionate about building communities that will be resilient in the face of climate change. She sits on the board of the Indigenous Cooperative on the Environment.
She has also done research in virology and sits on the advisory board for pandemic flu for the Conference Board of Canada and the University of Toronto.
Duncan also served on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an organization that won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. She has lectured around the world, including for National Geographic and the Japanese government.