Mélanie Joly

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BornJanuary 16, 1979
Montreal, Quebec
Alma materUniversité de Montréal, Brasenose College (Oxford)
Parents • Clément Joly
• Carole-Marie Allard
Spouse • Félix Marzell
• Frédéric Drouin
Member ofChevening Scholarship, Trudeau Government, WEF/Young Global Leaders/2016
PartyLiberal Party of Canada
Chevening Scholarship, WEF/Young Global Leaders 2016. After being elected to parliament in 2015, she became Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2021.

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In office
October 26, 2021 - Present
Appointed byJustin Trudeau

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In office
November 20, 2019 - October 26, 2021
Appointed byJustin Trudeau

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In office
November 4, 2015 - July 18, 2018
Appointed byJustin Trudeau

Mélanie Joly is a Canadian lawyer and politician. After being elected to parliament in 2015, she became Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2021.

Joly ran for mayor of Montreal in the 2013 Montreal municipal election, where she lost. She was elected to parliament in 2015, where she soon held a number of portfolios including Canadian heritage, tourism, and La Francophonie.

A recipient of a Chevening Scholarship, she was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2016.

“We’re able to see how much we’re isolating the Russian regime right now — because we need to do so economically, politically and diplomatically — and what are the impacts also on society, and how much we’re seeing potential regime change in Russia..The goal is definitely to do that, is to weaken Russia’s ability to launch very difficult attacks against Ukraine. We want also to make sure that Putin and his enablers are held to account.”
Mélanie Joly (10 March, 2023)  [1]
Canadian Foreign Minister

Early and personal life

Mélanie Joly grew up in Montreal's northern neighbourhood of Ahuntsic.[2] Joly's father is Clément Joly, an accountant who was president of the Liberal Party's finance committee in Quebec and manager of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority from 2002 to 2007 and husband of Carole-Marie Allard, a lawyer, journalist and an MP from 2000 to 2004.

Early Life

After completing her degree in law at the Université de Montréal in 2001, Joly became a member of the Barreau du Québec. She subsequently received the Chevening scholarship and continued her studies at the University of Oxford, where she received a Magister Juris in comparative and public law in 2003.[3] Joly also interned at Radio-Canada, in 2007.[4]

At the beginning of her career, Joly practiced law at two major Montreal law firms, Stikeman Elliott and Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg. At the latter firm, her mentor was former Parti Quebecois premier Lucien Bouchard, who supplied her with a letter of recommendation for her Oxford application.[5] She worked primarily in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, bankruptcy and insolvency law. She was also a prosecutor before the Gomery Commission of inquiry.[6]

In 2013, she was appointed to head the Quebec Advisory Committee for Justin Trudeau’s |leadership campaign of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Along with her colleagues, she founded Generation of Ideas, which is a political forum for 25- to 35-year-olds.[7] She is also a member of the think tank Sortie 13.[8]


Events Participated in

Munich Security Conference/202218 February 202220 February 2022Germany
Munich Security Conference/202317 February 202319 February 2023Germany
Annual conference of mid-level functionaries from the military-industrial complex - politicians, propagandists and lobbyists. The real decisions are made by deep politicians behind the scenes, elsewhere.
Munich Security Conference/202416 February 202418 February 2024Germany
Annual conference of mid-level functionaries from the military-industrial complex - politicians, propagandists and lobbyists - in their own bubble, far from the concerns of their subjects
WEF/Annual Meeting/201717 January 201720 January 2017World Economic Forum
2950 known participants, including prominently Bill Gates. "Offers a platform for the most effective and engaged leaders to achieve common goals for greater societal leadership."
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