The Honourable Joyce Murray, MP
President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government
Following a highly successful 25-year career building an international reforestation company and four years in the provincial cabinet of the B.C. Liberal government, the Honourable Joyce Murray was appointed President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government on March 18, 2019.
The Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra has long been finding ways to make government greener, engaging multiple stakeholders and five embassies in a successful international conference called Climate Change, Security and Defence. Before that, as B.C.’s environment minister, she set the stage for the province’s carbon tax and climate leadership in the early 2000s.
As the Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board following the 2015 general election, she championed and helped lead the development of the Centre for Greening Government. Making federal government operations more environmentally friendly and efficient was a natural project for Minister Murray, whose entrepreneurial spirit was reinforced by building a company that has planted almost 1.5 billion trees – more than 500,000 of which she planted herself.
She received the Simon Fraser University Dean’s Medal as the top MBA graduate in 1992, was the chair of the board at Brinkman and Associates Reforestation, and served as British Columbia’s Environment Minister and Minister of Management Services in Gordon Campbell’s cabinet from 2001-2005. You can also read her Master’s thesis: Global Warming – Policy Analysis and Proposal for a Carbon Sink Silviculture Program.
Joyce Murray has always been a thought-leader, driving progressive new policies in government. Whether advocating for strong, smart environmental measures or being an early advocate of the legalization and regulation of cannabis, Minister Murray’s ability to envision and deliver on bold new ideas comes from her depth of experience in politics and business.
She is passionate about investing in a fairer, greener economy that empowers future generations, and confident that digital innovation will offer important opportunities for improving services to Canadians.