The Honourable Belinda Stronach
On Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 The Hon. Belinda Stronach was awarded Equal Voice’s prestigious national EVE Award (Ottawa) at the Chateau Laurier.
In 2004, Belinda made a bid for the leadership of the newly formed Canadian Conservative Party. She was the only woman candidate against candidates Tony Clement and Stephen Harper with the latter winning the leadership. While she lost the leadership bid, she later went on to win a seat in the 2004 federal election. From 2004-2008 she served as MP for the riding of Newmarket-Aurora, an Ontario community where she lived most of her life. In 2005, she made the courageous, if controversial, decision to cross the floor. Belinda later on went to serve Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal.
After leaving politics, she became CEO of Magna International Inc., one of the largest global suppliers of automotive systems in the world with 72,000 employees in 23 countries. She recently founded the Belinda Stronach Foundation which advances educational opportunities for young women and Aboriginal youth, and aims to improve the lives of young people. Her commitment to making a difference while in public life and her on-going passion to ensure young women have a place in politics inspired Equal Voice to honour her with the EVE award. She continues to be a role model around the globe for women considering political life.
Belinda Stronach's speech is available to read