Jim Karygiannis is the Liberal MP for Scarborough-Agincourt. He was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport with special emphasis on transportation and environment on December 12, 2003.
Representing one of the most ethnically diverse federal constituencies in Canada –Scarborough-Agincourt – Mr. Karygiannis has been an effective voice of the people he serves.
Mr. Karygiannis was a strong proponent of changes to the Young Offenders Act. In 1989, he introduced a Private Member’s Bill amending this Act. Although defeated, the government then introduced similar legislation.
He has been a representative of his constituents’ interests in many countries around the world. He has participated in rallies in support of the refugees of Agios Amvrosios in Cyprus. He visited India and hosted many international initiatives in Canada in 2003. In 2002, he led two trade delegations, one to Pakistan and the other to China.
In 1999, the President of the Hellenic Republic awarded Mr. Karygiannis the decoration of the Officer of the Order of Phoenix in recognition of his many public service contributions.
Mr. Karygiannis graduated in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto. He also holds a degree of Fellowship of Business Administration from the Canadian School of Management.
He has been active in community organizations, as a member of the Riverdale Kiwanis Club, and CKFM Children’s Fund Heritage Day Festivals.
Mr. Karygiannis was born in Athens, Greece and immigrated to Canada as a teenager in 1966. He is now married, with five daughters.