Nancy Leblanc, an accomplished lawyer, public policy advisor, community activist, political volunteer and commentator, was the Ontario Liberal Party candidate during the spring 2014 provincial election for Parkdale-High Park, the community where she has lived since 2003.
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nancy moved to Toronto with her family
at the age of 15. After attending Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute in
north Toronto, Nancy obtained an undergraduate degree from McGill
University, received a Law degree from the University of Windsor, and
holds a graduate degree in Law from Osgoode Hall Law School
(constitutional law). During her academic career, Nancy was President of
the Students’ Society at McGill, Editor-in-Chief of the Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues, and won an advocacy award in the final of Windsor’s school-wide Zuber Moot contest.
Early in her career, Nancy practiced in a downtown Toronto law firm,
McMillan Binch, and then worked as an educator, teaching law at Osgoode
Hall Law School, George Brown College, and University of Ontario
Institute of Technology.
Nancy currently employs her considerable policy, legal and governance
experience providing research, strategic advice and recommendations for
corporate governance and board-of-director reforms, to corporations as a
partner in a governance consulting firm. Currently, Nancy is a member
of the Board of Directors of the Parkdale Community Foodbank.
Nancy has volunteered and campaigned actively in numerous provincial
and federal elections and campaigns of various sorts. She has been an
active executive member of both the provincial and federal Liberal
Associations in Parkdale–High Park in Membership and Policy Action
Co-Chair roles. In the fall of 2012, her Policy Action committee
organized and moderated a debate on democratic reform, involving the
participation of Hon. Stéphane Dion and several independent, non- and
multi-partisan organizations working in the area of democratic reform.
During the most recent federal Liberal Party of Canada leadership campaign, Nancy served as Policy Chair for Vancouver Quadra MP Joyce Murray, where
leading an accomplished team of volunteers from across the country, she
drafted and coordinated policy platform positions on a wide variety of
topics such as environmental and economic sustainability, electoral
reform, social justice, child and elder care, women in politics and on
boards of directors.
Nancy has led successful political blogging and commentary since 2005 (over 8,000 posts), in her widely read blog, Impolitical, and is active on social media
advocating on public policy issues of interest to media, observers,
and progressive citizens of all stripes.
Nancy continues to be active in her community on issues of concern to residents in Parkdale-High Park.