Broadbent Fellow

Frances Lankin

Frances Lankin

Community service and leadership, Social & Public Policy / Service et leadership dans la communauté

Frances Lankin has been a lifelong advocate for workers’ and women’s rights.

Lankin served for eleven years in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario (1990-2001), holding the positions of Minister of Government Services and Chair of Management Board, Minister of Health and Long Term Care and Minister of Economic Development and Trade. She also spent more than 10 years as the CEO of United Way Toronto.

She has contributed to a number of diverse government bodies and initiatives, including as a Member of the Security Intelligence Review Committee, Co-Chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Federal Grants and Contributions, Co-Commissioner of the Commission for the Reform of Social Assistance in Ontario, and Member of the Premier’s Advisory Council on Government Business Assets.

Lankin has served on several Crown, not-for-profit, charitable and corporate boards, including those of Equal Voice, The Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, the Toronto City Summit Alliance, the University of Toronto's School of Public Policy Advisory Committee, the Board of the Ontario Hospital Association, the Board of the Literary Review of Canada, the Mowat Centre’s Advisory Committee, the National NewsMedia Council, the Ontario Press Council, the Institute of Corporate Directors, Metrolinx, Hydro One and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

Lankin is a Member of Privy Council and a Member of the Order of Canada.  

She has received Honorary Doctorates from Queen’s University, Ryerson University, the University of Windsor, and Nipissing University and is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals.  She is also the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for her community work and involvement in the charitable sector.

Lankin was appointed to the Senate on March 18, 2016. She is a member of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Joint Parliamentarians.


L'Hon. Frances Lankin est présidente du Conseil de la presse de l'Ontario et directrice du conseil de la Société des loteries et des jeux de l'Ontario ainsi que la Literary Review of Canada. Une diplomée du Institute of Corporate Directors/Rotman Directors Education Program, Mlle Lankin siège également sur le conseil du Institute of Corporate Directors. Elle est l'ancienne co-commissaire de la Ontario Commission for the Review of Social Assistance ainsi que l'ancienne présidente et PDG d'Entraide Toronto.

De 1990 à 2001, elle était la députée provinciale de Beaches-East York ainsi que ministre des services gouvernementales, présidente du conseil de gestion, ministre de la santé, et ministre du développement économique et de la commerce. Mlle Lankin détient une longue histoire de service sur des conseils, incluant plus récemment comme membre du conseil de Metrolinx, le Comité de surveillance des activités de renseignement de sécurité, le conseil de la Ontario Hospital Association, et comme présidente du TELUS Toronto Community Board.

En 2012, elle était nommée membre de l'Ordre du Canada et mentor de la Fondation Trudeau. Mlle Lankin a reçu plusieurs prix en reconnaissance de ses travaux et sa service à la communauté, incluant des doctorats en droit honoraires des universités Queens et Ryerson ainsi que les Médailles du jubilé d'or et de diamant de la Reine Elizabeth.