Ontario has a new minister at the helm of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). Nathalie Des Rosiers, a rookie Member of Provincial Parliament, first elected in 2016 to represent Ottawa-Vanier, will replace former Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Kathryn McGarry who is now Minister of Transportation.
The changes were part of a cabinet shuffle by the Wynne government that saw five new ministers.
Des Rosiers, in her brief time as an elected representative, has been a Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of the Status of Women, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues, and Minister of Housing.
She has an impressive resume outside of government too.
She is a well-known professor and constitutional law expert who was educated at the Université de Montreal and Harvard. She has a long list of honours and awards including the Order of Canada, Order of Ontario, the Medal of the Law Society of Canada, and Honorary Doctorates from the Law Society of Canada and Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium. Canadian Lawyer magazine also once named her one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada.
Read more about the upcoming MNRF licensing and regulation changes here.