Susan Whelan

Susan Elizabeth Whelan, PC (/ˈhwlən/; born May 5, 1963 in Windsor, Ontario) is a former Canadian Member of Parliament with the Liberal Party of Canada. Whelan, a lawyer, first won a seat in the House of Commons of Canada in the 1993 election representing Essex—Windsor. In 1997 and 2000 she was elected to represent Essex. In 2002, Whelan was appointed by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien as Minister for International Cooperation as a cabinet minister.[1]

Whelan was defeated by Conservative Jeff Watson at the 2004 election, and unsuccessfully tried to win back her old seat in 2006 and the 2008.[2]

Susan Whelan is the daughter of former Liberal Federal Minister of Agriculture, the Honourable Eugene Whelan.[1] Susan and her father hold the distinction of being the first father-daughter cabinet appointees.[3]

Whelan shares her father's passionate interest in Canadian agriculture, having made Agriculture and Rural Development one of the key elements of policy during her tenure as Minister.[4]

She has also instructed part-time at the University of Windsor, appropriately situated in the political science department.[5]

She previously represented the Ambassador Bridge Company on the Green Corridor Project.[6]

In June 2009, Whelan was named Chief Executive Officer for the Ontario division of the Canadian Cancer Society. In August the same year, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.[7] She resigned from the Canadian Cancer Society in order to focus on her recovery.

Whelan authors a blog entitled Susan's Fight Back, to share her experience, strength, and hope with others.[8]

Whelan is currently the Executive Director of rare Charitable Research Reserve in Cambridge, Ontario[9] and maintains a law practice in Windsor, Ontario.


  1. Susan Whelan – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. Federal riding history from the Library of Parliament
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-16. Retrieved 2011-08-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "Susan Whelan '88 named CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society in Ontario". University of Windsor, Faculty of Law. May 12, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-05.
  5. "Three new directors join Alumni Association Board". University of Windsor. March 2007. Retrieved 2009-10-05.
  6. "Whelan's ties to Ambassador Bridge criticized". Windsor Star. September 17, 2008. Archived from the original on November 7, 2012. Retrieved 2009-10-05.
  7. "Cancer society CEO resigns for health reasons". CBC. October 1, 2009. Retrieved 2015-06-04.
26th Ministry – Cabinet of Jean Chrétien
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Maria Minna Minister for International Cooperation
Aileen Carroll
Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Electoral district created in 1996
Member of Parliament for Essex
Succeeded by
Jeff Watson, Conservative
Preceded by
Steven Langdon, New Democratic Party
Member of Parliament for Essex-Windsor
Succeeded by
Riding abolished in 1996
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