This is me. A
person is defined by what is done; not what is said. In my case, my life is
an affirmation of my beliefs and values.
I apologize only for its length. London has been good to me. Iíve been able to establish and
maintain a successful business employing more Londoners than when I started.
And Iím able to give back. Many causes, charities, and services have been
the beneficiary of the leadership and efforts Iíve shared with so
many. Thank you London.
Ed Holder was elected Member of
Parliament for London West on October 14, 2008 and then re-elected on May 2,
His background includes a successful career in
business as well as extensive community involvement.
Ed has lived in London for the past
He founded Ontario West Insurance, which later merged
with Stevenson & Hunt Insurance Brokers Ltd., where Ed became a partner in
1995, and President in 1999.
During his time as President, Stevenson & Hunt expanded into three other
cities and grew to 160 employees to become one of the largest Canadian insurance
brokerages in the country. Stevenson & Hunt was recognized in 2005 by the
City of London and the London Economic Development Corporation for
``industry leadership in providing innovative and unique value to the
marketplace and making an outstanding contribution to the economic well
being of London.``
Truly committed to his community, Ed has volunteered countless hours for dozens of local groups including the
Rotary Club of London, United Way of London & Middlesex, Business Cares Food
Drive, Sunshine Dreams for Kids, Y Fore Kids YMCA charity fundraising, St. John Ambulance, Theatre
London Foundation and New Year's Eve at Victoria Park. He
has also served as President of the Board of the London Chamber of Commerce,
Chair of the Board of the London
Convention Centre and served on the Board of Governors of the University of Western Ontario.
In 2012, Ed was appointed to the national Board of Directors for the
Sunshine Foundation of Canada
Ed received the Governor Generalís
Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada
in recognition of significant contributions to compatriots, the community
and to Canada. He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of St.
John Ambulance. He also received the Jack Burghardt Community Service Above
Self award from the Rotary Club of London. In 2011, Ed received the
St. John Ambulance Service Medal for this committed service. During the year
long celebration of Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the Throne, he was awarded
the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.
a newly elected Member of Parliament, Ed was honoured to be chosen to serve
on the Standing Joint Committee for the Library of Parliament (2008-2009),
Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates
(2009-2011), Standing Committee for the Status of Women (2011-2012) and the Standing Committee on International Trade, an important
committee for London, and for Canada. In February 2012, he was appointed to the
Standing Committee for Transport & Infrastructure. In 2013, Ed was
appointed to the Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Science and
Technology. In 2011, he was elected Chair of
the Canada-United Kingdom Inter-Parliamentary Group and serves as Vice-Chair
of the ParlAmericas Inter-Parliamentary Group.
Ed is committed to being a strong and
well-respected representative for Londoners in Ottawa.
Ed was also the Chair of the Southwest Ontario Caucus,
a member of the Conservative Auto Caucus, Conservative Community Relations Caucus,
Conservative Financial Services Caucus, and the Aerospace Caucus.
As well, he is involved with over 25 Parliamentary Associations and
Friendship groups including: the Canada Ė United States Inter-Parliamentary
Group, the Inter-parliamentary Forum for the Americas, the Commonwealth
Parliamentary Association, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Canada-Ukraine
Parliamentary Friendship Group, the Canada-Portugal Friendship group, the
Canada-Lebanon Friendship Group Ė to name a few. On March 19, 2014 Ed
was appointed to cabinet as Minister of State (Science and Technology).
Ed and his wife Judite have a daughter, Claudia, and
two beautiful granddaughters. Judite and Claudia are both entrepreneurs and
owners of two very successful businesses - Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut
and Gammage Flowers, Canada's oldest flower shop.
Thatís not all. Refer to
FULL STORY for a complete
description. Ed will be the first person to explain that his accomplishments
are not his alone. His family is always supportive and encouraging and he
stands firmly with his colleagues, his friends, and the many people with
whom he has shared a common vision in living and creating a better
Updated March 20, 2014