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.

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. St├ęphane 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.