Ms Bakopanos 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. 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 acted as special advisor for caucus to the Honourable Stéphane Dion, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. She is presently serving as past President of the Women’s Commission of the LPC(Q).
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 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 past President of the McGill Women’s Alumnae Association.
Ms Bakopanos serves on a number of non-governmental and not-for-profit boards, and has worked, to name a few, 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. She is also a Vice-President of the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians.
She is bilingual and is the mother of 2 daughters.