Robert Sopuck was first elected to the House of Commons in a byelection in 2010. He has been named the Conservative critic for wildlife, conservation and Parks Canada.
Sopuck has served on the Standing Committee on Environment on Sustainable Development, and the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. He was also chair of the Manitoba Regional Caucus and the founder and chair of the Hunting and Angling Caucus.
Sopuck has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Manitoba and a Master’s in Science from Cornell. He worked as a biologist for federal and provincial departments, and was the Director of Environmental Programs for a private sector company. He worked for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy as the Director of the “Smart Green” environmental policy project, as well as the natural resource specialist with AMEC Earth and Environmental Ltd.
Sopuck, who ran a grain and oilseed farm, is a vocal advocate for his community and rural farm, fisheries, and industry workers. He also has solid environmental protection credentials, coordinating Manitoba’s sustainable development initiative. He was on the founding board of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, as well as on the board of the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation.
Sopuck’s work in the field of conservation and sustainability earned him the nickname “right-wing environmentalist”. He was appointed to the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. He received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, as well as a Past Presidents’ Award from the Canadian Wildlife Fund for his work in conservation as a legislator.
Sopuck is married and is a father of two.