Mélanie Joly

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BornJanuary 16, 1979
Montreal, Quebec
Alma materUniversité de Montréal, Brasenose College (Oxford)
Parents • Clément Joly
• Carole-Marie Allard
Spouse • Félix Marzell
• Frédéric Drouin
Member ofChevening Scholarship, WEF/Young Global Leaders/2016
PartyLiberal Party of Canada
WEF/Young Global Leaders 2016. After being elected to parliament in 2015, she became Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2021.

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In office
October 26, 2021 - Present
Appointed byJustin Trudeau

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In office
November 4, 2015 - July 18, 2018

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.

She was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2016.

Early and personal life

Mélanie Joly grew up in Montreal's northern neighbourhood of Ahuntsic.[1] 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.

Early Life

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.[2] Joly also interned at Radio-Canada, in 2007.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

In 2013, she was appointed to head the Quebec Advisory Committee for Justin Trudeau’s |leadership campaign of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Along with her colleagues, she founded Generation of Ideas, which is a political forum for 25- to 35-year-olds.[6] She is also a member of the think tank Sortie 13.[7]


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