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politician , member of the House of Commons of Canada

Susan Whelan, former Canadian government official. Bar: Ontario 1990. Named "Honorary Susan E. Whelan", Minister for International Cooperative, 2002. Former director Essex Region Conservation Foundation, Alzheimer Society Windsor and Essex County. Member Law Society Upper Canada, Canada Bar Association, Essex County Law Association.

Background

Whelan, Susan was born on May 5, 1963 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Daughter of Elizabeth and Eugene Whelan.

Education

Degree in commerce, University Windsor. Bachelor in Laws, University Windsor, 1988. Juris Doctor, University Detroit.

Career

In 1997 and 2000 she was elected to represent Essex. In 2002, Whelan was appointed by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien as Minister for International Cooperation as a cabinet minister. Susan Whelan is the daughter of former Liberal Federal Minister of Agriculture, the Honourable Eugene Whelan.

Susan and her father hold the distinction of being the first father-daughter cabinet appointees. Whelan shares her father's passionate interest in Canadian agriculture, having made Agriculture and Rural Development one of the key elements of policy during her tenure as Minister. She has also instructed part-time at the University of Windsor, appropriately situated in the political science department.

She previously represented the Ambassador Bridge Company on the Green Corridor Project. In June 2009, Whelan was named Chief Executive Officer for the Ontario division of the Canadian Cancer Society. In August the same year, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

She resigned from the Canadian Cancer Society in order to focus on her recovery. Whelan authors a blog entitled Susan's Fight Back, to share her experience, strength, and hope with others. Whelan is currently the Executive Director of rare Charitable Research Reserve in Cambridge, Ontario and maintains a law practice in Windsor, Ontario.

Achievements

  • Whelan, a lawyer, first won a seat in the Canadian House of Commons in the 1993 election representing Essex—Windsor. Whelan was defeated by Conservative Jeff Watson at the 2004 election, and unsuccessfully tried to win back her old seat in 2006 and the 2008.

Membership

Former director Essex Region Conservation Foundation, Alzheimer Society Windsor and Essex County. Member Law Society Upper Canada, Canada Bar Association, Essex County Law Association.

Connections

father:
Elizabeth Whelan

mother:
Eugene Whelan