Eleanor McMahon was elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as MPP for Burlington. After serving as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, she was appointed as the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport in 2016. She is now President of the Treasury Board.
Eleanor has worked in senior roles in business, government and the not-for-profit sector, and is the founder of the Share the Road Cycling Coalition. She spent the early part of her career on Parliament Hill where she held a number of positions, including Press Secretary to the Rt Hon Jean Chrétien. Her experience also includes time with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Petro-Canada, the United Way Ottawa, the Ontario Medical Association and as a member of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women.
The tragic death of Eleanor’s husband, OPP Sergeant Greg Stobbart--killed while cycling by a driver with five convictions for driving under suspension--led her life in an entirely new direction. In response to this unthinkable loss, Eleanor began a campaign to improve road safety in Ontario. In 2008, she launched the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, a provincial cycling policy and advocacy organization that brought together cycling groups from across Ontario to work with municipalities to make their communities more bicycle-friendly.
Eleanor also lobbied for enhanced penalties for suspended drivers in Ontario. As a result of her advocacy, Greg’s Law was passed on April 22, 2009 and became law in September 2010, making our communities safer by reducing the number of suspended drivers and repeat offenders on Ontario’s roads.
Through her breadth of private sector and community-based experience, Eleanor understands how to work with the business community to create jobs and grow our economy, and how to create stronger communities by investing in people.