The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Ratna Omidvar (Executive Director of the Global Diversity Exchange at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University) will be having a fireside chat with The Honourable John McCallum to discuss the progress and next steps of the plan to resettle Syrian refugees and what it will mean for the future of our country.
John McCallum was first elected to the House of Commons in 2000. He was re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015. He is currently the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Mr. McCallum has previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, and member of the Standing Committee on Finance. He served as Secretary of State (International Financial Institutions) from January to May 2002. From May 2002 to December 2003, he served as Minister of National Defence and, in 2003, as Minister of Veterans Affairs. In July 2004, he was appointed Minister of National Revenue and Chair of the Expenditure Review Committee by Prime Minister Paul Martin. He recently served as the Critic for Citizenship and Immigration, Multiculturalism, and Seniors.
Before entering politics, Mr. McCallum was Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the Royal Bank of Canada.
Mr. McCallum worked as a professor of economics at McGill University (1987-94), as well as at the Université du Québec à Montréal (1982-87), Simon Fraser University (1978-82), and the University of Manitoba (1976-78).
He is the author or co-author of eight books or monographs, and has written on fiscal and monetary issues, comparative macroeconomic performance of OECD countries, Canada-U.S. economic integration, and other economic issues.