Chris completed his undergraduate degree at Queens University in 2002. Following graduation, Chris attended Law School at the University of Windsor. After completing of his Law Degree in 2005, Chris returned to St. Catharines to practice law as a civil litigator. In addition to practicing law Chris also served as Chair of Quest Community Health Centre, a not-for-profit Community Health Centre in St. Catharines. At Quest, Chris’ passion for equity and his desire to address systemic barriers to prosperity were emphasized as it became clear the challenges faced by so many in our community also included a lack of access to affordable housing, mental health and addiction services and reliable, affordable public transit.
In 2015 Chris was elected Member of Parliament as a first-time candidate for public office. Since being elected, Chris has used his platform to speak out against intolerance, racism and bigotry that exists in our community. He has also worked hard to deliver results for residents of St. Catharines including the full rehabilitation of the Port Dalhousie Piers, historic investments in public transit and affordable housing and a meaningful reduction in the number of residents who live in poverty as a result of programs introduced by the Liberal government since 2015.
In 2017 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Chris Deputy House Leader of the Government in the House of Commons making him the youngest Member of Parliament to ever hold that office. In 2019, Chris was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transportation.
Chris currently serves as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. He believes it is a privilege to be tasked with addressing this threat and continuing to implement the Government of Canada’s climate change plan, which includes a 30% reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHGs) by 2030 and achieving net zero emissions by 2050. As a member of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, Chris also deliberates on issues such as single use plastic restrictions, the development of a national strategy to redress environmental racism, and the Enforcement of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.