The Honourable Mélanie Joly

Speaker, Mélanie Joly
Minister of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada
  • Elle Québec Woman of the Year in the “Up and Coming” category (2008)
  • Has served on the board of the Fondation du CHUM and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

The chief marketing officer of arts and culture

The Honourable Melanie Joly is the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament for Ahuntsic-Cartierville in Montreal. A passionate supporter of the arts throughout her career, Minister Joly’s responsibilities as Minister of Heritage include oversight of the Government of Canada’s arts and culture policies and organizations, and a dynamic creative sector that extends across music, film, broadcasting, digital and new media. Her mandate also includes promotion of Canada’s two official languages, preservation of Indigenous languages and culture, and government policies on multiculturalism. Her vision is rooted in the belief that arts and culture are an essential part of any innovation and economic development agenda through investment in key creative industry sectors. Prior to her entry into federal politics, Minister Joly founded and led Le vrai changement pour Montréal party, running for mayor of Montréal in 2013 under its banner. She is the author of “Changing the Rules of the Game”, sharing a personal vision for public policy and civic engagement. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. A lawyer by training, Minister Joly began her career in the practice of law and later served as managing partner of the Montreal office of the international communications firm Cohn & Wolfe. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Law from Université de Montréal and a Magister Juris in European and Comparative law from the University of Oxford.
  • Elle Québec Woman of the Year in the “Up and Coming” category (2008)
  • Has served on the board of the Fondation du CHUM and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal