Robert Sopuck

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Robert Sopuck
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Dauphin—Swan River—Marquette
Assumed office
November 29, 2010
Preceded by Inky Mark
Personal details
Born (1951-07-11) July 11, 1951 (age 63)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Caroline
Residence Sandy Lake

Robert Sopuck (born July 11, 1951)[1] is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in a by-election on November 29, 2010, representing the electoral district of Dauphin—Swan River—Marquette.[2] He is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada. He is currently a member of the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development as well as the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. In addition, Sopuck chairs the Manitoba Regional Caucus as well as the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group.


Robert Sopuck received his B.Sc. from the University of Manitoba in 1973 and Masters from Cornell University (1975) in Ithaca, New York. His first career (1976-1979) was in fisheries management where he was the district biologist (Eastern Arctic) for the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans and then as fisheries biologist for the Province of Manitoba. He lived on his farm from 1979 to 1988.

From 1988 to 1996 he coordinated the sustainable development initiative for the Province of Manitoba, serving as Manitoba’s observer on the founding board of the International Institute for Sustainable Development. In 1996 he took a position with the Pine Falls Paper Company as director of environmental programs. He was also on the board of the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation at this time.

Sopuck was the vice-president of policy (Western Canada) for the Delta Waterfowl Foundation from 2000 to 2009, and the director of the “Smart Green” environmental policy project and the “Rural Renaissance Project” for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. He chaired the board of the Manitoba fisheries development group known as the Fish and Lake Improvement Program for the Parkland Region and is the hunting and outdoors columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press.

In October 2007 he was appointed by Minister of the Environment to the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. He has operated a grain and oilseed farm, a small outfitting business, and carried out consulting work in the areas of environmental assessment and resource management.

He currently resides on his farm in the Sandy Lake area of Manitoba with his family.