As Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly is responsible for policies related to arts and culture, the media, official and indigenous languages, multiculturalism, and the National Capital Region. She is the Member of Parliament for the Montréal riding of Ahuntsic–Cartierville.
A lawyer by training, Mélanie Joly worked in civil and commercial litigation at major law firms in Montréal before entering the communications field as a managing partner at the Montréal office of international communications firm Cohn & Wolfe. As founder of the Vrai changement pour Montréal party, she ran for mayor of Montréal in 2013, with a campaign that set itself apart from the others in its digital scope. In 2014, she published her first book, Changer les règles du jeu (Changing the Rules of the Game), a political essay.
A firm believer in the importance of active community involvement, Mélanie Joly has served on numerous boards of directors, including those of the Régie des rentes du Québec, the Fondation du Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. She also served as a member of the Conseil supérieur de la langue française. With her passion for public policy, in 2008, she co-founded Génération d’idées, a political think tank. Mélanie Joly has also distinguished herself through her community involvement, including as a spokesperson for the women’s shelter Logis Rose-Virginie, and as an ambassador for La rue des Femmes.
Mélanie Joly has received several honours for her contribution to her community, and her leadership has been recognized in a number of publications, including Les Affaires, La Presse, and Elle Québec. In 2010, she became the first Quebecer to receive the Arnold Edinborough Award for her involvement in the cultural sector. She was also named one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders in 2016.
Mélanie Joly holds an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Law from the Université de Montréal, and a Master’s degree in European and Comparative Law from Oxford University (Chevening Scholarship).
Mélanie Joly sits on the following ministerial committees:
- Cabinet Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (Vice-Chair)
- Ad Hoc Committee on Refugees (Vice-Chair)
- Cabinet Committee on Agenda, Results and Communications (member)
- Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (member)
- Cabinet Committee on Open and Transparent Government (member)