Mark Adler was elected as the Member of Parliament for York Centre on May 2, 2011. He is the first child of a Holocaust survivor to ever be elected as an MP. He is a member of the House of Commons Finance Committee and Transport and Infrastructure Committee and actively represents York Centre residents in the community and in Ottawa. By sitting on the Finance Committee Mark is able to directly affect government spending through taxation and budgetary legislation, and thus help to improve the economies of both the riding and Canada as a whole. As a Transport Committee member, Mark is concerned primarily with all areas covered by Transport Canada and Infrastructure Canada, including infrastructure funding under the Building Canada Plan, the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund and the Green Infrastructure Fund; airport security; ports policy; inter-provincial trucking; the National Highway System; airline mergers and railway safety.
Mark is also the Co-Chair of the Canada-Russia Parliamentary Friendship Group, the Chair of the Canada-Kazakhstan Parliamentary Friendship Group and the Co-Chair of the All-Party Interfaith Committee.
Motivating him to best represent York Centre in Parliament are the strong personal ties that Mark has with the area. He was born and raised in the York Centre community and attended Anthony Road Public School, Dufferin Heights Junior High and William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute.
Mark attended the University of Toronto and the Graduate School of Public Administration at Carleton University, Mark worked as a trade representative for Ontario’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Technology in Boston, Massachusetts and then as Director of Corporate Programs with the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, where he led delegations of influential Canadian businessmen to various countries to meet with world leaders and decision makers.
Mark is also an accomplished author, penning a series of publications on the topic of cross border shopping, which earned him acclaim within the industry. Through these works, Mark looked to educate and inform Canadians regarding opportunities to save money on regularly purchased items.
Mark’s passion for public affairs and economic issues led him to establish a business in Toronto in 2003. He founded The Economic Club of Canada, which became the leading Canadian public affairs and speaker’s forum for business, national, and international issues. Since its inception, the Club has attained a reputation for being the podium of record, where members and guests are able to come face-to-face with the most important, relevant, and influential leaders of our time. As President and CEO, Mark has been instrumental in attracting speakers of the highest calibre, such as Senator John McCain, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wayne Gretzky, President Bill Clinton, former US Ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Beverley McLachlin.
Mark lives in York Centre with his wife Alison, and their two children Ethan and Isabelle. Mark and his family are active members of the Bathurst Jewish Community Centre as well as the Beth Jacob and Beth Emeth synagogues.
Mark is also a member of the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians (IJCP), a partner organization of the World Jewish Congress (WJC). The IJCP is committed to uphold the principles of democracy, further the cause of human rights and promote the rule of law.