Majid Jowhari is the Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill. He attended Ryerson University, earning a Bachelor of Technology in Industrial Engineering, and York University‘s Schulich School of Business, where he earned an MBA. Jowhari was a licensed Professional Engineer from 1995-1999 and founded his own boutique consulting firm to provide advice to chief financial officers. He has translated this experience into his Parliamentary responsibilities, helping small businesses and entrepreneurs discover Federal funding and grant opportunities through his office and as a presenter to community and business forums.
In the House of Commons, Member of Parliament (MP) Majid Jowhari is the notable founder of the Parliamentary Mental Health Caucus and holds roles on the Industry and Government Operations Parliamentary Committees. MP Jowhari is a member of the Canada-China Legislative Association, Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group and Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association.
MP Majid Jowhari drafted, introduced and read his first Private Members Bill, C-375 An Act to amend the Criminal Code, in the House of Commons on October 19th, 2017. The bill would mandate that pre-sentence reports, which currently include information such as character, attitude, behavior, and willingness to change, also include relevant information relating to the offender’s mental health.
In 2018, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) named Majid Jowhari as a Parliamentary Mental Health Champion. Each year, the organization selects individuals and organizations as Champions to recognize them for their contributions to mental health in Canada. According to the CAMIHM, “Majid Jowhari is a staunch advocate for mental health in Canada. He drafted and introduced legislation to change the criminal code, which would take mental health information into account during pre-sentencing, and founded and chaired the Liberal Mental Health Caucus, and later, the Parliamentary Mental Health Caucus, reaching across party lines to bring mental health to the forefront of discussion on the Hill.” Majid also partnered with the Hill Times to publish a three-part series of opinion editorials on the culture and stigma surrounding mental health on Parliament Hill. Jowhari candidly shared his personal experience, advocated for better protection for political staffers and shared advice on best practices in the workplace.
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