The Hon. Bardish Chagger was elected as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Waterloo in 2015 and was reelected in 2019. She was appointed to cabinet in 2015 and has since held the portfolios of Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, and most recently Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth. She graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science. In 2012, the Waterloo Region Record recognized Bardish as one of “40 under 40” who would lead the Region of Waterloo into the future.
Prior to becoming MP for Waterloo, Bardish worked at the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre, an organization that assists new Canadians as they transition to full participation in our community’s life. As the Special Projects Coordinator, Bardish planned and coordinated the annual Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Festival in Kitchener’s Victoria Park, bringing together community, cultural and business groups in Waterloo Region. She also worked with other agencies to offer an annual Global Skills Conference to introduce foreign-trained professionals to related professions and to find meaningful employment.
Bardish has always been devoted to inclusion and community building. From assisting with recreational sports for kids to volunteering with seniors, she is committed to strengthening the bonds of the Waterloo community and she is ready to continue to serve our community alongside Justin Trudeau and the Liberal team.