Gord Brown, Co-Chair
Member of Parliament
Gord Brown is a current member of the Canadian House of Commons, representing the Ontario riding of Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau lakes as a Conservative.
Brown is CEO of the 1000 Island’s largest food service and accommodation business that employs over 120 people. He graduated from Gananoque Secondary School and Carleton University - B.A. (Hons) - Political Science.
Active in sports Brown was Canadian Kayaking Champion with the Gananoque Canoe Club. Currently he plays hockey in the winter and plays golf and kayaks in the summer.
Prior to federal politics Brown was a town councillor in Gananoque, Ontario; President of the 1000 Islands-Gananoque Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission.
He was elected as a Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville in June 2004. In the 38th Parliament he was a member of the Heritage Committee and was Vice-Chair of the Ontario Caucus. He was chosen to Chair the Special Committee on Bill C-38.
He was re-elected in January 2006 and represented Leeds-Grenville in the 39th Parliament. As well as serving his constituency, he served on the Standing Committee for Canadian Heritage, The Standing Committee on Public Safety and Security and the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development, and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. He served as Chair of the Ontario Caucus.
He was chosen by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Chair the Special Committee that reviewed the Anti-Terrorism Act.
Re-elected in October 2008 to represent Leeds-Grenville in the 40th Parliament he is a member of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.
In 2009 he was elected House of Commons Chair on the Canada – United States Interparliamentary Association.
Other Parliamentary Work
Brown has introduced two Private Member's Bills; C-393 also known as the Knife Bill which passed Second Reading and was at committee when the 39th Parliament dissolved, and C-542 which would provide for Employment Insurance Benefits for working parents of critically ill children.
He remains a member of a number of Parliamentary Groups including: Canada-United States, Canada-China, Canada-Europe, Canada-Germany, Canada-Hong Kong, Canada-India, Canada-Ireland, Canada-Israel, Canada-Italy, Canada-Japan, Canada-NATO, and Canada-United Kingdom. In the winter of 2008 he was elected Chair of the Canada-Hong-Kong group. In March 2008 he was elected the House of Commons Co-Chair of the Canada United States Inter-Parliamentary Group .
He is also a member of the following all party Caucuses: Auto Caucus, Border Caucus, Energy Caucus, Grains and Oilseeds Caucus, Health Caucus, Intellectual Property Rights Caucus, Marine Caucus, Outdoors Caucus, Restaurant Caucus, Rural Caucus and Tourism Caucus.
Gord is a long-time conservative activist, provincially and federally. Along with others, he worked tirelessly to restore the national conservative voice to one of unity, strength and the principles that we share with hard working, law-abiding Canadians everywhere.
Gord has a uniquely proven ability to bring conservatives together and articulate our vision for a better future.
Gananoque Town Council
Twice elected to Gananoque Town Council, Gord served on the Economic Development Committee that created innovative techniques to attract new industries and jobs and filled vacant industrial space in Gananoque.
As a member of the Finance Committee, he helped slash taxes in Gananoque at a time when municipalities were faced with decreased funding and increased responsibilities.
With his knowledge of senior's issues he represented the town on the St. Lawrence Lodge Board of Management.
He worked with the Youth Centre Committee which opened a new storefront youth centre and developed activities for local youth.
Gord encouraged council to create a Beach Committee. Bringing together a diverse group, he helped ensure that as of 2001 the town had a new beach. He acted as fund raising Chair, successfully lobbying the province for a major grant.
St. Lawrence Parks Commission
Gord was Chairman of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission for two terms. This is a provincial government agency which owns parks and attractions from Kingston to the Quebec border.
As Chairman he made tough financial decisions while developing partnerships to help revitalize and rejuvenate the parks' facilities and attractions. His efforts returned stability to this major economic building block in Eastern Ontario.
He worked tirelessly to preserve and re-open heritage buildings and reinstate events at both Upper Canada Village and Fort Henry that celebrate our agricultural heritage and our military heritage.
Attractions Canada named Upper Canada Village the National Attraction of the Year during his first term as Chair and in his second term Fort Henry earned recognition as National Attraction of the Year.
Through negotiations with the two levels of government Gord helped solve an impasse in infrastructure funding for the Fort. Ultimately, $15 million was committed by the federal and provincial governments for the restoration.
Chamber of Commerce
As President of the Gananoque Chamber of Commerce, Gord built alliances with all businesses in Gananoque and along the 1000 Islands Parkway to create the 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce. His work continues to benefit the chamber today.
Festival of the Islands
Gord served on the founding committee of Eastern Ontario's premiere festival and his marketing efforts helped the festival become an immediate and on-going success.
Gord believes in community volunteerism. In his seventh year on the Board of Directors of the Leeds-Grenville United Way he is a driving force in Gananoque behind this agency that funds many programs in Leeds-Grenville.
Gord helped spearhead the Small Business Mentoring Program, a provincial pilot project that helps developmentally challenged individuals lead productive lives in Gananoque.