Biography : Joe Dickson

Joe Dickson

Joe Dickson

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Northern Development and Mines

MPP Ajax-Pickering

Political Career

  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, September 2013 – June 2014
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources, February 2013 – September 2013
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Seniors, November 2011 – February 2013
  • Town Councillor, Ajax
  • Deputy Mayor, Ajax
  • Trustee, Ajax Catholic School Board

Personal and Family Life

  • Married (Donna) with two children, Jim and Joanna, and five grandchildren

Memberships and Associations

  • Founder and Chair, Durham’s Waste Reduction Week Challenge
  • Founder and Chair, Multiple Sclerosis Walkathon
  • Founder and Chair, Waterfront Advisory Committee
  • Founder and Chair, Easter Seals
  • Founder and Chair, Industrial Cancer Drive
  • Founder and Chair, Kinsmen Skate-A-Thon
  • Founder and Chair, Ajax Home Week
  • Founder and Chair, Ajax Environmental Affairs Week
  • Chair, Ajax Waterfront

Honours and Awards

  • Queen Elizabeth 50th Anniversary Medal, 2002
  • Canada’s 125th anniversary medal, 1992
  • Ajax Civic Award, Ajax’s outstanding citizen of the year

Executive Biography

Joe Dickson was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2007 as the MPP for Ajax-Pickering. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2014.

Dickson currently serves as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, as well as to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.

He has served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, the Minister of Natural Resources and the Minister Responsible for Seniors. Before entering provincial politics, he was a Councillor for Ajax.

Dickson first entered politics as a two-term Catholic School Board trustee in 1970. His public service includes seven terms as Councillor, as well as Regional Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Ajax. Along the way, Dickson has chaired or initiated various non-profit community committees and boards.

Dickson was President of Dickson Printing for 48 years and Canadian chairman of the Stationers Marketing of Canada, a group of 47 retailers in ten provinces. He has founded and chaired many charitable and civic organizations, including Durham’s Waste Reduction Week Challenge, Multiple Sclerosis Walkathon, the Waterfront Advisory Committee, Easter Seals, Industrial Cancer Drive, Kinsmen Skate-A-Thon, Ajax Home Week and Ajax Environmental Affairs Week. Dickson is a strong supporter of healthy exercise and athletic competition. He continues to sponsor more than 22 children’s, women’s and men’s sports teams annually.

Dickson’s community service has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Queen Elizabeth 50th Anniversary Medal in 2002, in addition to Canada’s 125th anniversary medal in 1992 and the Ajax Civic Award as Ajax’s outstanding citizen of the year.

He lives in Ajax with his wife, Donna. They have two grown children, Jim and Joanna, and five grandchildren.

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