Biography : Dr. Eric Hoskins

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment

MPP St. Paul’s

Political Career

  • MPP St. Paul’s, September 2009 – present
  • Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, February 2013 - present
  • Minister of Children and Youth Services, October 2011– November 2012
  • Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, January 2010 – 2011

Education

  • D.Phil. and Rhodes Scholar University of Oxford, 1994
  • Graduate Degree, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 1988
  • Graduate Degree, University of Aberdeen, 1988
  • MD McMaster University , 1985
  • B.Sc McMaster University, 1981

Personal and Family Life

  • Married (Dr. Samantha Nutt) with one son (Rhys)
  • Co-founder, President and Chief Financial Officer, War Child Canada, 2001-2009
  • Advisor to the Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations, 2002-2003
  • Senior Policy Advisor to Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lloyd Axworthy, 1997-2000

Memberships & Associations

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 1994

Honours & Awards

  • Officer of the Order of Canada, 2007
  • Honorary Doctorate of Law, McMaster University, 2005
  • Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Niagara University (NY), 2006
  • Honorary Degree, Brock University, 2005
  • McMaster University Distinguished Alumni Award, 2000
  • Governor General’s Meritorious Service Cross, 1999
  • Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, 1998
  • Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Citation for Citizenship, 1994
  • United Nations Lester B. Pearson Peace Medal, 1992
  • Paul Harris Fellowship, 1991

Executive Biography:

Dr. Eric Hoskins was first elected as the MPP for the Toronto riding of St. Paul’s in 2009. He was appointed as Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment in February 2013. He has previously served as Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

Eric is a renowned humanitarian, family doctor, husband and father – and a proud Ontarian with a long and dedicated record of public service.

After finishing his medical studies at McMaster University, and subsequently at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, Eric spent nearly a decade as a doctor and humanitarian in war-torn regions in Africa and around the world. Eric later served as the senior advisor to then Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy on such issues as human rights, child soldiers, peacekeeping and the landmines ban. Together with his wife Dr. Samantha Nutt, the two founded the international charity War Child Canada to help hundreds of thousands of children in war-affected regions across the globe.

Eric has been recognized for his humanitarian work and public service. In 2008, he was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada. He has also received the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Cross, and has been awarded the United Nations Lester B. Pearson Peace Medal.

Eric and his wife Sam have a seven-year-old son, Rhys.

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