John Capobianco’s political dedication and involvement in the federal riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore dates back to 1983, working to elect Patrick Boyer. Again, he campaigned for Boyer in both the 1984 and 1988 federal elections. John’s commitment to political life as a Conservative can be measured by his vast experience both federally and provincially.
Building upon his experience in the riding, John quickly rose through the PC Party’s youth wing and served Mike Harris as his youth Chair in the 1990 leadership contest, and subsequently become the Ontario PC Youth President. John went on to serve as Ontario Youth Co-Chair for Canada’s first ever female Prime Minister, Kim Campbell, during the 1993 leadership contest. John’s commitment to the youth of the party and to training continued as he co-founded the Conservative Leadership Foundation.
During the1995 provincial election, John served as Youth Co-Chair for the Mike Harris campaign. Following Harris’ electoral victory, John became the 1 st Vice President of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. John was one of the original revolutionaries working at Queen’s Park in the new Mike Harris government. He rose through the ranks eventually serving as a Senior Advisor to Education Minister Dave Johnson.
His penchant for federal politics and country-wide recognition as a leader in the conservative movement, led John to be recruited from the National Blue Committee to serve both on the Steering Committee of the United Alternative, and as a National Councillor for the Canadian Alliance Party.
He is often quoted in national newspapers and appears frequently on many public affairs TV shows including the Michael Coren Live, CBC's Politics, TVO’s Fourth Reading as well as various radio shows.
John’s rise and success in politics has been matched by his professional life. His results-oriented career began with the management of pension portfolios for some of Canada’s most successful blue chip firms. He generated significant growth of the fund—ensuring pensioner’s needs were met well in the future.
John’s political acumen and business success merged when he became Vice President of a Montréal-based firm with responsibilities for liaising with healthcare related companies, patient advocacy groups and governments. John’s current leadership role as Vice President and Group Leader, Public Affairs, at one of Canada’s premier strategy firms’, Hill& Knowlton, allows him to remain involved in the shaping of Canadian public policy.
John earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics at York University.
He served as a board member of the Etobicoke Community Care Access Centre, and was involved as a member of the Community Advisory Panel at the Trillium Health Centre. John is currently a member of the Etobicoke Rotary Club.
He is a proud husband to Michelle and father of a young daughter named Isabella.
Vice President and Group Leader, Public Affairs, at Hill & Knowlton.
BA in Political Science and Economics from York University.
Proud Husband to Michelle and father of a young daughter named Isabella.
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