The new MP for Kildonan–St. Paul, Mary-Ann Mihychuk, has been named the Minister of Employment, Workforce and Labour. Before being elected to the House of Commons, Mihychuk served as a Minister of Industry, Trade and Mines and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Manitoba government under Premier Gary Doer.
Mihychuk resigned from cabinet to run for Mayor of Winnipeg in 2004 but lost. She went on to start her own company, Mihychuk Consulting. In 2005 she relocated to Toronto to work as Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.
She returned to Manitoba in 2010 as one of two Jack Gallagher Visiting Geoscientists at the University of Manitoba.
She was the founder of Women in Mining Canada and Women in Mining Manitoba. Her work in geoscience was recognized when she was selected by the Manitoba Association of Engineers and Geoscientists to lead the renewal of the Mines Act. She was also the first ever recipient of the Women in Mining International Trailblazer Award.
Before running in provincial politics Mihychuk was a Winnipeg school trustee for two terms. Mihychuk has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Winnipeg and a Master’s in geology from Brock University. She is a certified Practicing Professional Geoscientist and has worked as a geologist in Newfoundland and Labrador, and Manitoba.
She is married and has three children.