The Honourable Jane Philpott MD, CCFP, MPH, PC
Jane Philpott is a medical doctor and former Member of Parliament. She served in numerous cabinet positions from 2015 to 2019, including Minister of Health, Minister of Indigenous Services, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government.
Jane played a lead role in policies that have shaped Canada: bringing Syrian refugees to Canada; legislating a balanced approach to Medical Assistance in Dying; negotiating a health accord with new resources for mental health and home care; improving infrastructure for First Nations to provide clean water on reserve; and reforming child welfare to reduce the over-apprehension of Indigenous children.
Prior to politics, Jane worked as a family doctor for 30 years, with the first decade of her career as a doctor in Niger, West Africa. In 1998, she and her family moved to Stouffville, Ontario, where she served for 17 years as a family physician. Jane was Chief of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital. In 2004 Jane founded Give a Day to World AIDS, which has raised over $4 million to help people affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. Jane also helped Addis Ababa University develop Ethiopia’s first training program for Family medicine.
Jane is an Associate Professor in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. She is currently working as a Special Adviser on Health for Nishnawbe Aski Nation, an organization representing 49 First Nation communities across Treaty 9 and Treaty 5 in northern Ontario.
Jane and her husband have four children – Bethany, Jacob, David and Lydia. Their first daughter, Emily, died in Niger in 1991.