Canada, Legal, Politics

How rich is Catherine McKenna?

Name: Catherine Mary McKenna

Born: August 5, 1971

Occupation: Attorney, teacher, and politician

Catherine McKenna, fair use
Catherine McKenna, fair use

Catherine McKenna was born in Hamilton, Ontario on August 5, 1971. She is the daughter of John McKenna, an Irish dentist, and Pat McKenna, a Quebec-based housewife.

She attended the Notre-Dame catholic school and then Saint Mary Catholic Secondary School. Catherine obtained several important credentials when she attended post-secondary institutions: a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, a law degree from McGill University, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto.

In August 1999, Catherine married Scott Gilmore, an entrepreneur and author. They have three children, two daughters and one son. The family has resided in Ottawa for nearly 20 years.

Catherine specializes in human rights and social justice law. In addition to serving as a senior negotiator for a United Nations peacekeeping mission and practicing law in Indonesia, Catherine co-founded Canadian Lawyers Abroad, a charity that allows Canadian law students to perform pro bono legal work in third-world countries. In other philanthropic endeavors, she was the Executive Director of Level, a non-profit organization that promotes social change.

Catherine lectured at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. She was also a board member of the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.

In 2015, Catherine entered the world of federal politics, gaining a seat in the House of Commons by defeating New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament Paul Dewar. Catherine was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.

But her short political career has not been immune from controversy.

In 2016, McKenna’s office spent more than $6,000 on photography for a climate summit she attended. Although she did not have a hand in it, Twitter took down a parody account that targeted the environment minister – other satirical accounts quickly popped up. Catherine also suggested to the press that female politicians should not be the target of political jokes because it is sexist. The Financial Post reported that Catherine had put out some fake news pertaining to coal in Canada and in the world.

We estimate that Catherine McKenna’s net worth is $10 million (2018).

So how much is $12 million really?

$12 million can purchase a handful of homes in the Ottawa area. $12 million can also cover the cost of running a political campaign in the Great White North.


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