Greg Rickford is one of eight children. He comes from a family whose values are founded on hard work and public service. On May 20, 2013, Greg and his wife Janet welcomed their daughter Abigail Mae into the world. Greg’s diverse personal and professional background led him to Kenora, which he and his family call home.
Prior to entering politics, Mr. Rickford earned a nursing diploma from Mohawk College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Victoria. He also has an MBA from Université Laval and both civil and common law degrees from McGill University.
Greg was first elected to the House of Commons in October 2008. He was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages in 2010. In January 2011, Greg was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. In May of the same year, he was given the additional responsibility of Parliamentary Secretary for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor). In July 2013, Mr. Rickford was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of State for Science and Technology and for FedNor as well as Minister responsible for the Ring of Fire.