John McCallum was first elected Member of Parliament in November 2000. He was appointed Minister of Veterans Affairs and Vice-Chair of the Expenditure Review Committee on December 12, 2003.
Prior to his post at Veterans Affairs, he served as Minister of National Defence. He served as Secretary of State (International Financial Institutions) from January to May 2002. Prior to his appointment to cabinet, he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance. As well, he served as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, and as a member of the Standing Committee on Finance.
Before entering politics, Mr. McCallum was Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist of the Royal Bank of Canada, responsible for providing economic analysis and commentary both within the bank and to clients and the public.
Mr. McCallum was a Professor of Economics at McGill University (1987-94), Université du Québec à Montréal (1982-87), Simon Fraser University (1978-82), and the University of Manitoba (1976-78). Prior to joining the Royal Bank, he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts at McGill University.
A native of Montréal, Mr. McCallum obtained a B.A. from Cambridge University, a diplôme d'études supérieures from Université de Paris, and a Ph.D in Economics from McGill University.
Mr. McCallum and his wife Nancy Lim have three children.