Jonathan Wilkinson

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Jonathan Wilkinson
Canadian Minister Jonathan Wilkinson (cropped).jpg
Minister of Natural Resources
Assumed office
October 26, 2021
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded bySeamus O'Regan
Minister of Environment and Climate Change
In office
November 20, 2019 – October 26, 2021
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byCatherine McKenna
Succeeded bySteven Guilbeault
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
In office
July 18, 2018 – November 20, 2019
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byDominic LeBlanc
Succeeded byBernadette Jordan
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
In office
December 2, 2015 – July 18, 2018
MinisterCatherine McKenna
Preceded byColin Carrie
Succeeded bySean Fraser
Member of Parliament
for North Vancouver
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byAndrew Saxton
Personal details
Born (1965-06-11) June 11, 1965 (age 57)
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Other political
New Democratic (formerly)
Residence(s)North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Alma materUniversity of Saskatchewan (B.A.)
University of Oxford, McGill University (Masters)

Jonathan Wilkinson PC MP (born June 11, 1965) is a Canadian politician who has served as the minister of natural resources since 2021. A member of the Liberal Party, Wilkinson was elected as the member of Parliament (MP) for North Vancouver in 2015. He previously served as the minister of fisheries, oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard from 2018 to 2019 and minister of environment and climate change from 2019 to 2021. Before entering politics, Wilkinson was a constitutional negotiator and businessman who spent 20 years in the private sector, mainly with green technology companies.

Early life and education[edit]

Wilkinson was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and grew up in Saskatoon.[1] He was the former leader of the New Democratic Party's youth wing in Saskatchewan.[1][2]

Wilkinson earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Saskatchewan and went on to be named the Prairies Rhodes Scholar in 1988, reading Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at Exeter College, Oxford.[3] He earned master's degrees in international relations, politics, and economics from Oxford and McGill.[1]


Wilkinson was an advisor to Saskatchewan Premier Roy Romanow and served in the provincial civil service from 1991 to 1995, when he joined Bain & Company's Toronto branch.[1] In 1999, he relocated to Vancouver to work for QuestAir Technologies, a gas purification company and he became its CEO in 2002.[1] In 2009, he became the senior vice-president for business development in Nexterra Systems, a biomass company.[1] In 2011, Wilkinson became the CEO of BioteQ Environmental Technologies, a water treatment company based in Vancouver.[1]

Political career[edit]

Wilkinson defeated Conservative junior minister Andrew Saxton by a nearly 2-to-1 margin amid the Liberal wave that swept through Greater Vancouver in the 2015 federal election. North Vancouver and its predecessor, North Vancouver—Burnaby, had been in the hands of a centre-right party for all but four years since 1979. He was reelected in 2019 by a reduced margin, but still bested Saxton by 16 percentage points in a rematch.

On November 20, 2019, Wilkinson was appointed Minister of Environment and Climate Change in the 29th Canadian Ministry.

Electoral record[edit]

2019 Canadian federal election: North Vancouver
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Jonathan Wilkinson 26,979 42.87 -13.78 $98,189.08
Conservative Andrew Saxton 16,908 26.87 -0.02 none listed
New Democratic Justine Bell 10,340 16.43 +8.64 $40,432.73
Green George Orr 7,868 12.50 +4.19 $39,810.86
People's Azmairnin Jadavji 835 1.33 none listed
Total valid votes/expense limit 62,930 99.45
Total rejected ballots 349 0.55 +0.21
Turnout 63,279 71.20 -4.57
Eligible voters 88,874
Liberal hold Swing -6.88
Source: Elections Canada[4][5]
2015 Canadian federal election: North Vancouver
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Jonathan Wilkinson 36,458 56.65 +26.94 $149,970.51
Conservative Andrew Saxton 17,301 26.88 -20.67 $149,776.24
Green Claire Martin 5,350 8.31 +3.08 $135,108.48
New Democratic Carleen Thomas 5,015 7.79 -9.06 $21,413.99
Libertarian Ismet Yetisen 136 0.21 $1,942.47
Independent Payam Azad 94 0.15 $22.40
Total valid votes/Expense limit 64,354 100.00   $220,823.27
Total rejected ballots 218 0.34
Turnout 64,572 76.79
Eligible voters 84,093
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +23.80
Source: Elections Canada[6][7][8]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Blackwell, Richard (6 September 2012). "BioteQ's Jonathan Wilkinson a business oddity, but no fish out of water". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Liberals select North Shore candidates for 2015 federal election". Vancouver Sun. 28 June 2014. Archived from the original on 24 March 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  3. ^ "The Impact of Philanthropy: The Rhodes Trust Donor Report 2011–2012" (PDF). Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  4. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "Official Voting Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved August 13, 2021.
  6. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for North Vancouver, 30 September 2015
  7. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates
  8. ^ "Résultats du soir d'élection - Circonscriptions".
29th Ministry – Cabinet of Justin Trudeau
Cabinet posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
Seamus O'Regan Minister of Natural Resources
October 26, 2021 – present
Catherine McKenna Minister of Environment and Climate Change
November 20, 2019 – October 26, 2021
Steven Guilbeault
Dominic LeBlanc Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
July 17, 2018 – November 20, 2019
Bernadette Jordan