The Honorable Eleni Bakopanos, P.C., was first elected in 1993 as the Member of Parliament for Saint-Denis, was re-elected 3 times in Ahuntsic, and is a member of the Privy Council of Canada. She has served in a number of parliamentary roles including Assistant Deputy Speaker and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. She also served as special advisor for caucus to the Honourable Stéphane Dion, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. She is a member and has served as President of the Women’s Commission of the Liberal Party of Canada (Quebec).
Prior to entering politics at the federal level, Ms. Bakopanos had worked in provincial politics with the Liberal Party of Quebec and in the Quebec government as policy advisor for the Quebec Premier and the Minister of Immigration and Cultural communities. She was also a candidate in the electoral district of Cremazie for the Liberal Party of Quebec.
She held the position of Senior Director for Government Relations at McGill University and has worked at mentoring young women, including the students with McGill’s “Women In the House” program which once a year brings McGill students to Parliament Hill to shadow women parliamentarians. She is presently serving as Honorary President of the McGill Women’s Alumnae Association.
Ms Bakopanos serves as a Director on a number of non-governmental and not-for-profit Boards, and is presently The President and Chair of the National Board of Directors of Equal Voice, VP of the Quebec Chapter and past Treasurer. She has volunteered with a number of Quebec women’s organizations, including the Montreal Council of Women (as VP), Groupe Femmes, Politique et Démocratie and La Gouvernance au Féminin. In addition, she is presently the Vice-President of the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians.