| Mélanie Joly |
|Born||January 16, 1979|
|Alma mater||Université de Montréal, Brasenose College (Oxford)|
|Parents|| • Clément Joly|
• Carole-Marie Allard
|Spouse|| • Félix Marzell|
• Frédéric Drouin
|Member of||Chevening Scholarship, WEF/Young Global Leaders/2016|
|Party||Liberal Party of Canada|
WEF/Young Global Leaders 2016. After being elected to parliament in 2015, she became Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2021.
Mélanie Joly is a Canadian lawyer and politician. After being elected to parliament in 2015, she became Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2021.
Since 2015, has held a number of portfolios including Canadian heritage, tourism, and La Francophonie. Joly ran for mayor of Montreal in the 2013 Montreal municipal election, placing second behind eventual winner Denis Coderre.
Early and personal life
Mélanie Joly grew up in Montreal's northern neighbourhood of Ahuntsic. Joly's father is Clément Joly, an accountant who was president of the Liberal Party's finance committee in Quebec and manager of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority from 2002 to 2007 and husband of Carole-Marie Allard, a lawyer, journalist and an MP from 2000 to 2004.
After completing her degree in law at the Université de Montréal in 2001, Joly became a member of the Barreau du Québec. She subsequently received the Chevening scholarship and continued her studies at the University of Oxford, where she received a Magister Juris in comparative and public law in 2003. Joly also interned at Radio-Canada, in 2007.
At the beginning of her career, Joly practiced law at two major Montreal law firms, Stikeman Elliott and Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg. At the latter firm, her mentor was former Parti Quebecois premier Lucien Bouchard, who supplied her with a letter of recommendation for her Oxford application. She worked primarily in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, bankruptcy and insolvency law. She was also a prosecutor before the Gomery Commission of inquiry.
- Campbell Clark, Liberal newcomers could bring wide-ranging experience to Trudeau's cabinet, The Globe & Mail, October 31, 2015.