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Minister of National Defence of Canada
Born: 1967 (age 56 years), Kentville, Canada
Education: University of Toronto (1996), Dalhousie University (1992), Wadham College (1991), Queen’s University (1989)
Previous offices: Minister of Public Services and Procurement of Canada (2019–2021)
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Office: Minister of National Defence of Canada since 2021
Anand is the daughter of Saroj Daulat Ram and Sundaram Vivek Anand, an anaesthetist and general surgeon. The couple immigrated to Kentville, Nova Scotia, in the early 1960s.
Anand was born in 1967 and attended Queen’s University, the University of Oxford, and Dalhousie University. Anand articled at Toronto law firm Torys, where she met her husband, John Knowlton.
Anand, her husband John, and four children have lived in Oakville, Ontario, for 18 years.
Over her 18 years in Oakville, Anand has served her local community in a number of ways. She has served on the board of directors of the Lighthouse for Grieving Children, the Oakville Hospital Foundation and Oakville Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc.
She was also the inaugural chair of the Ontario Securities Commission Investor Advisory Panel.
Anand was awarded the 2022 Global Citizen Award by the United Nations Association in Canada.
The award recognizes “role models who have shown generosity, creativity, leadership and solution-seeking, and applied their talents to the challenges they have identified in their local communities, in the country and in the world.”
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Anita Anand, a Canadian politician of Indian Origin, on Tuesday took oath as the Minister of National Defence in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s reshuffled cabinet.
Anita replaced Harjit Sajjan, who had served as the minister of defence for a long time but was criticised for his handling of sexual misconduct in military. Anita is the second woman to hold the portfolio of Canada’s national defence minister.
She earlier served as the procurement minister.
Trudeau reshuffled his cabinet over a month after his Liberal Party returned to power in snap polls and the new cabinet too ensures gender balance. It has total 38 members, with half of the portfolios occupied by women.
Trudeau said, “One of the things people will be learning about Anita Anand over the next months is [that] she is a world class expert in governance, that she will bring to bear to make sure the Canadian Armed Forces, the leadership thereof, are worthy of the extraordinary men and women who chose to serve.”
Anita also expressed her gratitude towards the Prime Minister through her tweet.
Anita Anand was born in 1967 to Mrs. Saroj D. Ram (now deceased) and Mr. S.V. (Andy) Anand in Kentville, Nova Scotia. Both of her parents were physicians. Her father belonged to Tamil Nadu while her mother was from Punjab.
Anita’s family relocated to Ontario in 1985 and she has two sisters- Gita Anand, an employment lawyer in Toronto and Sonia Anand, a medical doctor and researcher at McMaster University. Anita is married to John and the couple has four children.
Anand began her legal career at Torys from 1994-97 and then pursued her teaching profession as an assistant professor(adjunct) from 1997-99 at Faculty of Law of Western University.