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Marie Bountrogianni
Ontario MPP
In office
June 3, 1999 – October 10, 2007
Preceded byTrevor Pettit
Succeeded bySophia Aggelonitis
ConstituencyHamilton Mountain
Personal details
Born (1956-12-10) December 10, 1956 (age 67)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Political partyOntario Liberal
SpouseIoannis Tsanis
  • Psychologist
  • dean

Marie Bountrogianni (born December 10, 1956) is the former dean of The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University. She is also the former chief psychologist of the Hamilton Board of Education, the former president and executive director of ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) Governors, and former member of Provincial Parliament. She was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and a cabinet minister in the government of Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty.


Bountrogianni was born in Hamilton, Ontario,[1] the daughter of Greek immigrants. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo in 1979, a Master of Education degree from the University of Toronto in 1980, and a Doctor of Education degree from the latter institution in 1983.[2]

She became a registered psychologist in 1985, and was employed in psychological work at the Toronto Board of Education from 1984 to 1988. From 1989 to 1999, she was Chief Psychologist of the Hamilton Board of Education. Bountrogianni also served as an assistant professor at Wilfrid Laurier University from 1985 to 1987, and McMaster University from 1992 to 1999, and was the vice-chair of St. Peter's Hospital in Hamilton from 1995 to 1999. In 1997, she was hired by the European Union to evaluate proposals for graduate school funding. Locally, she has also served as an honorary co-chair of Hamilton & Bay AIDSwalk and Grace Haven Capital Campaign. She was a director at Northland Power Inc. and chair of its Governance Committee until May 2022. Bountrogianni also sits on the board of the Democracy Study Center in Kyiv, Ukraine and on the advisory council of Eurobank’s incubator, the egg, in Athens, Greece.



Bountrogianni ran for the Ontario legislature in the 1995 provincial election, as a Liberal candidate in the riding of Hamilton Mountain. She finished ahead of incumbent New Democrat Brian Charlton, but 1028 votes behind the winner, Progressive Conservative Trevor Pettit.[3]

Bountrogianni ran against Pettit again in the 1999 provincial election. There was some uncertainty in the riding as to whether Bountrogianni or NDP candidate Chris Charlton (wife of Brian) would have a better chance of defeating Pettit. Charlton received some union support but the teachers and the building trades backed Bountrogianni.[4] As it happened, Bountrogianni was able to defeat Pettit by over 2500 votes, with Charlton finishing third.[5] The Progressive Conservatives won the election, and Bountrogianni became the opposition critic for Colleges and Universities as well as Women's Issues.[6] In 2002, she was named Woman of the Year in Politics by the Hamilton Status of Women Committee.[7]

Bountrogianni was re-elected in the 2003 election, in which the Liberals won a majority.[8] On October 23, 2003, she was named Minister of Children's Services and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.[9]

In October 2004, Bountrogianni introduced and stewarded the passage of the AODA, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act[10] After a cabinet shuffle on June 29, 2005, Bountrogianni was named Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal.[11]

She decided not to run for re-election in 2007, and was succeeded by another Liberal, Sophia Aggelonitis.[12]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Ontario provincial government of Dalton McGuinty
Cabinet posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
Dalton McGuinty Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Also Responsible for Democratic Renewal
Dalton McGuinty
Carl DeFaria Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Michael Colle
Ministry created Minister of Children and Youth Services
Was Children's Services from 2003-2004
Mary Anne Chambers

Provincial electoral record[edit]

1995 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Trevor Pettit 13,852 36.60 +16.14
Liberal Marie Bountrogianni 12,824 33.88 +14.16
New Democratic Brian Charlton 9,837 25.99 -33.81
Family Coalition Michael O'Grady 1,329 3.51
Total valid votes 37,822 100.00
Source: Elections Ontario.[3]
1999 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Marie Bountrogianni 19,076 40.25 +6.34
Progressive Conservative Trevor Pettit 16,397 34.60 -2.02
New Democratic Chris Charlton 10,622 22.41 -3.55
Green Kelli Gallagher 456 0.96
Family Coalition Jim Enos 426 0.90 -2.61
Natural Law Bob Danio 261 0.55
Independent Rolf Gerstenberger 159 0.34
Total valid votes 47,397 100.00
Source: Elections Ontario.[5]
2003 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Marie Bountrogianni 23,524 51.79 +11.54
New Democratic Chris Charlton 12,017 26.46 +4.05
Progressive Conservative Shakil Hassan 8,637 19.02 -15.58
Family Coalition Eleanor Johnson 748 1.65 +0.75
Green Selwyn Inniss 494 1.09 +0.13
Total valid votes 45,420 100.00
Source: Elections Ontario.[8]

Federal attempt[edit]

In 2011, she ran as the Liberal candidate in the 2011 federal election, finishing third behind Terry Anderson and the winner, New Democrat incumbent Chris Charlton.[13]

Federal electoral record[edit]

2011 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Chris Charlton 25,595 47.2 +3.5
Conservative Terry Anderson 17,936 33.1 +2.4
Liberal Marie Bountrogianni 8,787 16.2 -4
Green Stephen Brotherson 1,505 2.8 -2.7
Christian Heritage Jim Enos 270 0.5
Independent Henryk Adamiec 171 0.3
Total valid votes 54,264 100.0
Total rejected ballots 261 0.5 +0.4
Turnout 54,525 61.8
Eligible voters 88,196
Source: Elections Canada.[14]

After politics[edit]

In 2007, she became president of the Royal Ontario Museum but stepped down in February 2011 (to run for federal parliament).[2] From 2007 to 2012, she served on the Child and Youth Committee for the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). In 2012, she was a professor at Ryerson’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, where she performed research and taught political psychology courses. On July 1, 2013, she was appointed the interim dean of the Chang School of Continuing Education.[15] On April 23, 2014, she was named Dean of the Chang School of Continuing Education.[16] She served as Dean until May 2019.[17] She was appointed as chair of the board of Help Us Help in 2020, a foundation supporting orphans and vets in Ukraine.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Marie Bountrogianni, MPP for Hamilton Mountain". Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
  2. ^ a b Posner, Michael (8 December 2007). "The Royal Ontario Museum's latest discovery". The Globe and Mail. p. M7.
  3. ^ a b "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate (1995)". Elections Ontario. 1995-06-08. Archived from the original on 2015-01-11. Retrieved 2012-09-04.
  4. ^ Urquhart, Ian (3 June 1999). "Analysis The key ridings to watch for clues to who's winning". Toronto Star.
  5. ^ a b "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate (1999)". Elections Ontario. Archived from the original on March 3, 2021. Retrieved 2012-09-28.
  6. ^ "Rookie one of most vocal MPPs; political agendas". The Spectator. 18 November 1999. p. A08.
  7. ^ Davy, Denise (21 January 2004). "Ontario's advocate for children; Hamilton Mountain's Marie Bountrogianni aims to streamline services for families". The Spectator. p. A09.
  8. ^ a b "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate (2003)". Elections Ontario. Archived from the original on March 3, 2021. Retrieved 2012-09-28.
  9. ^ "This cabinet has work to do". The Guelph Mercury. 24 October 2003. p. A10.
  10. ^ Henderson, Helen (16 October 2004). "New accessibility bill gets positive reviews". Toronto Star. p. L05.
  11. ^ Howlett, Karen (30 June 2005). "McGuinty creates two new ministries". The Globe and Mail. p. A11.
  12. ^ Benzie, Robert (2007-06-15). "Minister to call it quits". TheStar.com. Retrieved 2011-03-03.
  13. ^ "Marie Bountrogianni takes up federal Liberal banner for Hamilton Mountain". Liberal.ca. 2011-01-17. Archived from the original on 2011-02-04. Retrieved 2011-03-03.
  14. ^ "Past results: Hamilton Mountain (Ontario), 2004-present". Elections Canada. Archived from the original on 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  15. ^ Dreschel, Andrew (2011-11-28). "You can't keep a good woman down". TheSpec. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  16. ^ Johanna VanderMaas (April 23, 2014). "Marie Bountrogianni named dean of The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University". Ryerson University. Archived from the original on May 6, 2014. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  17. ^ "Marie Bountrogianni completes term as dean, The Chang School". Ryerson University. 2019-05-16. Retrieved 2019-05-31.

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