Full Name
Greg Rickford
Job Title
Minister of Northern Development and Minister of Indigenous Affairs
Government of Ontario
Speaker Bio
The Honourable Greg Rickford was first elected to the Ontario Legislature as the MPP for Kenora — Rainy River in 2018 and re-elected in 2022. Over the past five years, he has been the Minister of Northern Development & Minister of Indigenous Affairs, Chairman of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation Board, and Chairman of the Cabinet Committee for Economic and Resource Policy.

Minister Rickford also served Premier Ford as the Minister of Energy, the Minister of Mines, and the Minister of Natural Resources & Forestry, in addition to his current portfolios.

Minister Rickford’s academic and professional journey has been an interesting one: a lifelong learning plan focused on the pursuit of excellence in advocacy spanning three careers that include nursing, the practice of law, and politics.

Minister Rickford has a Diploma in nursing from Mohawk College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Victoria, specializing in community health nursing. The Minister’s nursing career includes working in multiple specialized clinical settings in hospitals throughout North America and close to a decade working in northern isolated Indigenous communities across Canada. 

He has an MBA from Université of Laval as well as Bachelors’ of Common Law & Civil Law from McGill University. His law practice focused on Indigenous Matters including being a signatory to the Indian Residential School Agreement, Indigenous governance, economic and health opportunities.

From 2008 to 2015 Minister Rickford, served as the federal Member of Parliament for Kenora. During that time, he served Prime Minister Harper as the Parliamentary Secretary for Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development, Minister of State for Science & Technology, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, and finally, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources.

That said, the most important job he has ever had is being a father to his two daughters.
Greg Rickford