Jennifer O’Connell was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Pickering—Uxbridge in 2015.
Ms. O’Connell was previously the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance (Youth Economic Opportunity). She has also served as a member of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, and the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Standing Committee.
A former three-term city and regional councillor in the City of Pickering and Durham Region, Ms. O’Connell has played an active role on several boards and committees over the years. She also served as deputy mayor for Pickering and a member of the Durham Region Finance and Administration Committee. Previously, she spent four years as the chair of the Waterfront Committee and vice-chair of the Sustainable Pickering Advisory Committee.
Ms. O’Connell graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor degree in Political Science. Through her work as a junior legal assistant and volunteer at a labour law firm, she found her passion for giving a voice to those in need. She learned early on how to channel her passion into real and tangible results, and soon became the youngest elected politician in her municipal ward.