Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
The Honourable Navdeep Bains is the Member of Parliament for Mississauga–Malton and was appointed Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on November 20, 2019. He was previously Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. During his mandate, he brought back the mandatory long-form census to provide the Government, businesses and researchers with good, reliable data. The 2016 Census response rate exceeded 98%, making it the most successful Census since 1666. He also introduced the Government’s Innovation and Skills Plan – aimed at creating new jobs and business opportunities for Canadians by making this country a world-leading centre for innovation. This included the creation of five new superclusters expected to transform regional innovation ecosystems into engines of growth and job creation. He spearheaded negotiations that led to the Canadian Free Trade Agreement and launched Canada’s first Intellectual Property (IP) Strategy to help Canadian innovators and creators reap the full rewards of their work.
In May 2019, he introduced Canada’s Digital Charter. Composed of 10 principles, it sets the standard against which all government programs, policies and regulations will be tested to help build a foundation of trust in the digital economy. Minister Bains first represented his community in the House of Commons from 2004 to 2011. He was elected at the age of 27—then the youngest Member of Parliament—and served as Privy Councillor and Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Paul Martin. During his hiatus from politics from 2011 to 2015, Minister Bains was an adjunct lecturer at the Master of Public Service program at the University of Waterloo and a distinguished visiting professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.
He has a Bachelor of Administrative Studies from York University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Windsor. He holds a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant designation. He is also the recipient of a number of awards recognizing his work in promoting diversity in communities.