Newly elected Liberal MP, Randy Boissonnault, is a FrancoAlbertan. He has been named the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage.
Before running for election, Boissonnault was a successful entrepreneur, community leader, and philanthropist. He has worked as a lecturer at the University of Alberta’s Campus Saint-Jean, as a journalist and as a political commentator for CBC/RadioCanada and Les Affaires. He started his own management consulting business, working with small and medium-sized businesses.
He helped found Literacy Without Borders, an international NGO that promotes literacy for children and adults in the developing world and across Canada. He is also vice-chair of TEDx Edmonton and chair of the board for the Francophone Economic Council of Alberta, the Francophone Sport Federation of Alberta, and the Canadian Francophone Games. He is also a member of the Rotary Club.
Boissonnault is one of 50 founders of Startup Edmonton, a community hub that connects entrepreneurs with the support they need.
Boissonnault first got a taste for politics as the president of the student union at the University of Alberta. After graduating from U of A, he went on to study at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.