Frances Lankin has been a lifelong advocate for workers’ and women’s rights. Lankin served for 11 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 Co-Chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Federal Grants, and Contributions and Co-Commissioner of the Commission for the Reform of Social Assistance in Ontario. She has also served on several Crown, not-for-profit, charitable and corporate boards. Lankin is a Member of Privy Council, a Member of the Order of Canada, and was appointed to the Senate on March 18, 2016.