Minister Michael Gravelle

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Executive Biography

Michael Gravelle represents the riding of Thunder Bay – Superior North. He was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 1995 representing the riding of Port Arthur and is currently serving his sixth consecutive term as M.P.P.

Gravelle was reappointed Minister of Northern Development and Mines in June 2014. He has served as the Minister of Natural Resources, Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, Government Caucus Chair and as a member of the Priorities and Planning Board.

Gravelle has long been a dedicated community member, with an accomplished political and public service record. He is co-founder of the North of Superior Film Association and has served on the boards of the Magnus Theatre Company and the AIDS Committee of Thunder Bay. In the 1970s, Gravelle served as special assistant to the Honourable Robert Andras, a senior minister in the Trudeau cabinet. He later served as communications officer for the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party and as a special assistant to the federal member for Thunder Bay-Nipigon. He also worked as a publicist for the CBC and as coordinator of Northern Development Councils for the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry.


Deputy Minister David De Launay

DM David De Launay

David de Launay is the Deputy Minister of Northern Development and Mines. As Deputy Minister, he is focused on developing innovation in the mining sector as well as supporting the exploration sector and addressing the infrastructure needs of Northern Ontario.

As part of his role, David is also helping to implement the government’s approach to Indigenous people and addressing economic growth throughout the North.

David is responsible for the oversight of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission and the Owen Sound Transportation Company.

He has previously served as the Deputy Minister of Aboriginal Affairs from 2013 to 2014 and as an Assistant Deputy Minister with the ministries of Natural Resources, Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development and Mines, and Cabinet Office from 2004 to 2013.

David has also previously served on the Boards of Directors of several educational, economic and Great Lakes organizations, including Algoma University. He holds a bachelor of economics degree from Trent University.