Brent St. Denis was first elected to Parliament in 1993. Born on May 27, 1950, he is from Spanish, Ontario, a small community located on the North Channel of Lake Huron.
Mr. St. Denis graduated from the University of Toronto in 1972. He first worked with International Harvester in Hamilton, then as a mathematics and physics teacher at Cornwall College in Jamaica (1973-75), where he was involved in numerous school activities including coaching the cross-country running team to two national championships.
Over the next eight years, Mr. St. Denis managed a small business, taught for Cambrian College (Sudbury) and was administrator for the Town of Massey and Massey Public Utilities Commission. This period included his involvement in numerous community activities, including the local Terry Fox Run, the Lacloche-Manitoulin Municipal Association and the Massey Fire Department.
In 1983, he became the senior assistant in Ottawa to then-Member of Parliament for Algoma, Dr. Maurice Foster.
Since 1993, Mr. St. Denis has been a member and chair of several House of Commons committees and sub-committees including finance, natural resources and government operations, financial institutions, and industry. Mr. St. Denis has served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and to the Minister of Transport. In February 2004, Mr. St. Denis was elected chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.
Mr. St. Denis is blessed with four children, Tracy, Jeremi, Nyree and Amanda and he has one grandson, Vincent.