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Conversations with Women in Canadian Politics

September 19, 2019 at 11:45 AM to 1:30 PM

Location:A602 Loeb Building

The Department of Political Science Presents:
Conversations with Women in Canadian Politics

Karen McCrimmon, MP for Kanata-Carleton since 2015
Emilie Taman, nominated NDP candidate for Ottawa-Centre, & law professor, University of Ottawa
Angela Keller-Herzog, nominated Green Party candidate for Ottawa-Centre

Questions relating to the representation of women and diverse constituencies in Parliament are increasingly important in federal elections, with a record number of women running for each of the major parties.  This discussion about women in Canadian federal politics and the pipelines to that profession promises to be of a fascinating and timely nature.

Sponsored by the Bell Chair in Canadian Parliamentary Democracy

Speaker Bios:

Karen McCrimmon, MP for Kanata-Carleton since 2015

A Canadian Forces pioneer, Karen McCrimmon honed her leadership and team-building abilities in the service of her country. Karen joined the Canadian Forces as a reservist. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Windsor, Karen transferred to the Regular Forces where she quickly rose through the ranks. In 1981, she became an air navigator—the first woman to earn the qualification. In 1995, she was made a member of the Order of Military Merit, and in 1998 was promoted lieutenant-colonel, and given command of 429 Transport Squadron, becoming the first woman to command a Canadian Forces flying squadron. In 2000 she headed the Transport and Rescue Standardization and Evaluation Team. In July 2006 she was posted to Ramstein, Germany to serve as a Senior Staff Officer at the NATO Air Headquarters. She did a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2004 where she was responsible for NATO Airlift Co-ordination. She retired from the Forces in 2006.

After retiring from the Canadian Forces in 2006, Karen started her own business offering mediation services to both public and private institutions. She has been an active member of the Canadian Federation of University Women, the Royal Canadian Legion, and Canadian Women in Aviation – an organization focused on encouraging more women to become involved in the aviation industry.

McCrimmon has been affiliated with the Liberal party since 2008.  In the 2015 Canadian federal election, McCrimmon was the successful Liberal candidate in Kanata—Carleton. She defeated Conservative candidate Walter Pamic by a 7,600-vote margin as the Liberals swept to a majority government.  She has served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport and Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and continues to serve as the  Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

Emilie Taman, nominated NDP candidate for Centretown

Emilie Taman spent most of her career before joining the law faculty at the University of Ottawa as counsel for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC), where she specialized in federal regulatory and economic crime prosecutions. In 2017, she was a candidate for the NDP in the federal by-election in Ottawa-Vanier.  She is currently the president of the Old Ottawa South Community Association.   In 2018, she was named to the  Canadian Lawyer’s list of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in the “Government/Non-Profits/Associations” category.  She is a former federal Crown Prosecutor, who was responsible for cases dealing with corporate tax evasion, human smuggling, environmental offences, and fraud.

Angela Keller-Herzog, nominated Green candidate for Centretown

Angela Keller-Herzog  is a trained economist, having received an M.A. in Economics from Carleton University, and envisions national solutions that promote a lower carbon economy and clean energy jobs.  In addition to having worked in the private sector for over ten years, Angela has worked for three different non-profit organizations and has fifteen years experience working for the federal government in international development. This work included representing Canada overseas and at United Nations conferences. She now runs an eco-friendly Bed & Breakfast called Angela’s B&B, which demonstrates the benefits of low carbon living. Angela also sits on the boards of the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op and CoEnergy Ontario Inc.  She also led the Glashan Schoolyard Greening Project when her kids were in middle school, and now co-chairs the network Community Associations for Environmental Sustainability (CAFES), as well as the Environment Committee of the Glebe Community Association.