The Honourable Michelle Rempel is the Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre-North and the Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. She was elected to the House of Commons on May 2nd, 2011. On July 15th, 2013 Michelle was appointed to the 28th Ministry of Canada as the Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.
Previously, Michelle was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment on May 25th, 2011. Minister Rempel is the youngest female appointed to Cabinet in Canadian history. In November 2012 Maclean’s Magazine named Michelle as their Parliamentarian of the Year – Rising Star calling her “one of the government’s most impressive performers.”
Prior to her election Michelle was the Director of the University of Calgary’s Institutional Programs Division, and built a strong reputation for successfully promoting innovative academic and business research partnerships. Michelle also worked in the technology commercialization division of the University of Manitoba, where she assisted in administering commercialization strategies for a portfolio of over 200 emerging technologies.
Michelle also worked as a managerial consultant in Calgary, applying her knowledge of intellectual property management within a professional service framework in the areas of strategic planning, project management, process reengineering, and marketing where she gained insight in the health and educational sectors. Michelle holds a degree in economics.
In 2010 Michelle was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women's Executive Network for her senior level work in directing a large team of professionals in the field of research and development administration.
Michelle is currently co‐chair of the Conservative Party’s National Policy Committee, previously co‐chaired Alberta’s CPC President’s Council and was previously co-Chair of Alberta Congress – the Conservative Party’s policy forum for Alberta CPC members.
Michelle has been a committed volunteer in Calgary. She has planned events, raised tens of thousands of dollars, and acted as a volunteer leader for numerous local not-for-profit organizations including the Children’s Wish Foundation and the Northern Hills Community Association.