Michelle Mungall was first elected MLA for Nelson-Creston in 2009 and re-elected in 2013 and 2017. She was sworn in as Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources on July 18, 2017. On January 22, 2020 she was appointed Minster of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness.
As Minster of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness. formerly the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, Mungall will continue to promote B.C.’s tech sector, economic growth in communities around the province and support business competitiveness. Mungall will be responsible for trade, and engage with industry associations and major sectors on government’s approach to quality economic growth.
As the Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources from 2017-2020, she was responsible for British Columbia’s electricity, alternative energy, oil, natural gas and related infrastructure, as well as the province’s mining and mineral exploration sectors. The minister worked to support thriving, safe, environmentally responsible and competitive natural gas, oil, energy and mining sectors in order to create jobs and economic growth in communities throughout the province of British Columbia.
In 2002, Michelle was the youngest person ever elected to Nelson city council, and seven years later, at age 31, she became the first woman elected as MLA for Nelson-Creston.
Michelle’s university studies and her career in community development have led her to champion social justice and financial security. Prior to entering politics, she worked in the non-profit sector to reduce poverty and support people in crisis. Internationally, she worked at YMCA Zambia, helping to improve the lives of girls with HIV/AIDS and has volunteered as an election observer in two Ukraine elections.
Michelle and her husband Zak welcomed their son, Zavier, on July 21, 2018. He made his first appearance in the British Columbia Parliament Buildings when he was three months old. He was the first baby permitted a front-row seat after all parties unanimously supported rule changes allowing infants on the chamber floor while in the care of a parent.