Caroline Mulroney named Ontario’s new attorney general

At a June 29 ceremony at Queen’s Park in Toronto, Ontario, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell swore in Ontario’s newest executive council (cabinet), headed by Progressive Conservative Leader and Ontario Premier Doug Ford. Among the 21-member cabinet is Caroline Mulroney, who, in addition to her role as minister responsible for francophone affairs, is Ontario’s newest attorney general.

Members of PEO’s Government Liaison Program (GLP), including Manager of Government Liaison Programs Jeannette Chau, P.Eng., had an opportunity to meet Mulroney as she greeted well-wishers on the front steps of the legislature. The team also met with Finance Minister Vic Fedeli and Government House Leader Todd Smith.

PEO President David Brown, P.Eng., BDS, C.E.T., and Interim Registrar Johnny Zuccon, P.Eng., FEC, formally met with Attorney General Mulroney for the first time on August 16.

In a statement to Engineering Dimensions, Mulroney said: “As Ontario’s new attorney general, I look forward to working with Professional Engineers Ontario and discussing matters related to the engineering profession at the organization’s annual Queen’s Park Day on October 24.”

Although Mulroney boasts a famous last name and solid political connections, her policies and political approaches have yet to become widely known. Until she entered politics, she maintained a relatively quiet profile. She earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard University in the early to mid 1990s, followed by her JD from New York University (NYU)’s law school, and was subsequently called to New York State’s bar. As a lawyer, she was an associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP and then associate director of the NYU Center for Law & Business.

Most recently, she served as vice president of BloombergSen Investment Partners, a Toronto-based investment firm. Prior to that, she spearheaded corporate and regulatory matters related to growth opportunities in Canada and the United States for Wellington Financial LP.

Despite her high-pressure career, Mulroney founded and runs, with her sisters-in-law, the charity Shoebox Project for Shelters, which coordinates and deliver gifts to thousands of women and girls in shelters or facing homelessness.