Ed Holder was elected Member of Parliament for London West on October 14, 2008 and then re-elected on May 2, 2011. His background includes a successful career in business as well as extensive community involvement.
Ed has lived in London for the past 30 years. He founded Ontario West Insurance, which later merged with Stevenson & Hunt Insurance Brokers Ltd., where Ed became a partner in 1995, and President in 1999. During his time as President, Stevenson & Hunt expanded into three other cities and grew to 160 employees to become one of the largest Canadian insurance brokerages in the country. Stevenson & Hunt was recognized in 2005 by the City of London and the London Economic Development Corporation for “industry leadership in providing innovative and unique value to the marketplace and making an outstanding contribution to the economic well being of London.“
Truly committed to his community, Ed has volunteered countless hours for dozens of local groups including the Rotary Club of London, United Way of London & Middlesex, Business Cares Food Drive, Sunshine Dreams for Kids, Y Fore Kids YMCA charity fundraising, St. John Ambulance, Theater London Foundation and New Year’s Eve at Victoria Park. He has also served as President of the Board of the London Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Board of the London Convention Centre and served on the Board of Governors of the University of Western Ontario. In 2012, Ed was appointed to the national Board of Directors for the Sunshine Foundation of Canada
Ed received the Governor General’s Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada in recognition of significant contributions to compatriots, the community and to Canada. He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of St. John Ambulance. He also received the Jack Burghardt Community Service Above Self award from the Rotary Club of London. In 2011, Ed received the St. John Ambulance Service Medal for this committed service. During the year long celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the Throne, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
As a newly elected Member of Parliament, Ed was honoured to be chosen to serve on the Standing Joint Committee for the Library of Parliament (2008-2009), Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates (2009-2011), Standing Committee for the Status of Women (2011-2012) and the Standing Committee on International Trade, an important committee for London, and for Canada. In February 2012, he was appointed to the Standing Committee for Transport & Infrastructure. In 2013, Ed was appointed to the Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Science and Technology. In 2011, he was elected Chair of the Canada-United Kingdom Inter-Parliamentary Group and serves as Vice-Chair of the ParlAmericas Inter-Parliamentary Group.
Ed was also the Chair of the Southwest Ontario Caucus, a member of the Conservative Auto Caucus, Conservative Community Relations Caucus, Conservative Financial Services Caucus, and the Aerospace Caucus. As well, he is involved with over 25 Parliamentary Associations and Friendship groups including: the Canada – United States Inter-Parliamentary Group, the Inter-parliamentary Forum for the Americas, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group, the Canada-Portugal Friendship group, the Canada-Lebanon Friendship Group – to name a few. On March 19, 2014 Ed was appointed to cabinet as Minister of State (Science and Technology).
Ed is committed to being a strong and well-respected representative for Londoners in Ottawa.
Ed and his wife Judite have a daughter, Claudia, and two beautiful granddaughters. Judite and Claudia are both entrepreneurs and owners of two very successful businesses – Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut and Gammage Flowers, Canada’s oldest flower shop.