On October 6, 2011 Lisa was elected as the Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Huron-Bruce, and subsequently re-elected on June 12, 2014. Lisa currently serves as the PC Critic for International Trade, as well as Critic for Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, and is a member of the Standing Committee on General Government. Additional to her parliamentary roles, Lisa was selected by the Speaker of Ontario’s Legislative Assembly to represent the province on a steering committee for Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, Canadian Region, for a three-year term.
Lisa was born in Wingham and resided in East Wawanosh, which is located in Huron County until she left for the University of Guelph, where she studied and has a degree in Public Administration and Consumer Economics.
Most recently, Lisa served as the General Manager of the Ontario Dairy Goat Cooperative (ODGC). Lisa successfully negotiated the amalgamation of two organizations in 2005, which allowed the ODGC to evolve from a regional operation into a provincial cooperative with it’s headquarters based in Teeswater, and provides local employment and access to markets for the dairy goat industry. In the six years with the ODGC, Lisa worked to improve the relationship between producers and processors, and turned the cooperative into a multi-million dollar business venture.
Lisa’s professional highlights also include her time as a Rural Community Advisor for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program, Class 6; and the George Morris Executive Development Program.
Lisa is a strong supporter and has been involved with many community and agricultural organizations. She has served as an Ontario 4-H Foundation Trustee; Ontario 4-H Foundation Chair of the Board; Chair of the International Goat Symposium; Vice-Chair of Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc.; and choreographer and caller for Team Farmall, a set of square dancing tractors that travel the province providing entertainment at fall fairs and special events.
As a youth, Lisa always had a keen interest in provincial politics and has been an active volunteer for Huron-Bruce for many years.
Lisa resides in Teeswater with her husband Dennis, and are the proud parents to three step-children. Lisa enjoys spending time working with her family on the farm, skiing, curling, cheering on local sports teams and spending time at Bruce Beach.