The Honourable Joyce Murray was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra in 2008. She has previously served as Minister of Digital Government and as President of the Treasury Board. Minister Murray is a dedicated community leader with a deep commitment to democratic engagement.
Her federal political career follows a 25-year career building an international reforestation company and four years serving in the Cabinet of the Government of British Columbia. Making federal government operations more environmentally friendly and efficient was a perfect fit for Minister Murray, whose entrepreneurial spirit was reinforced through her reforestation company. The company has planted almost 1.5 billion trees, including more than 500,000 that she planted herself.
Minister Murray is driving progressive and environmentally sustainable policies in government. Whether advocating for strong, smart environmental measures, such as a tanker ban on British Columbia’s north coast, championing the development of the Centre for Greening Government, or for the legalization and strict regulation of cannabis – her ability to deliver on bold new ideas comes from her depth of experience in politics and business.
Her interest in environmental sustainability was evident in her master’s thesis on global warming, which contributed to her receiving the Simon Fraser University Dean's Convocation Medal for top MBA graduate of 1992. She is passionate about investing in a fairer, greener economy that empowers future generations and is looking forward to finding ways Canada’s fish and seafood sectors can continue to innovate.
As a child, Minister Murray immigrated to Canada from South Africa with her family and settled in Vancouver. She has three adult children and five grandchildren, and lives in Vancouver Quadra with her husband, Dirk.