Jeannette Chau is a Liberal Party of Canada nomination candidate for the riding of Mississauga-Erin Mills.
Jeannette lives in Mississauga-Erin Mills with her husband and two kids. She was born in Toronto and grew up in the inner-city neighbourhood of Dovercourt & Parkdale.
Jeannette has been married for 20 years to Michael Rogan, and is the mother of two national level athletes – Emily, a national youth trampolinist, now retired and in the Commerce program at McMaster University; and Casey, a national gymnast and current member of the Canadian National Junior team.
She was first to receive the official 'green-light' approval from the Liberal Party of Canada to run as a nomination candidate in April 2014 for Mississauga Erin Mills. See testimonials here.
Jeannette studied at the University of Toronto on scholarship where she obtained degrees in Microbiology and Electrical Engineering. She holds a P.Eng designation and also obtained an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
She is a trailblazer. Jeannette was one of only 13 women in a class of 113 electrical engineering students. She was also one of the first two female officers in the history of the 7th Toronto Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery reserves. There are only four professional engineers currently in the House of Commons, and yet the decisions being made today are increasingly technical in nature. Should Jeannette be elected, she would be the first female engineer in government.
Jeannette has over 20 years of business and community experience with organizations including Bell Canada and Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO). She currently serves as Manager of Student and Government Liaison Programs for PEO where she oversees province-wide programs with 16 engineering faculties, 25,000 engineering students, 107 MPPs, and 80,000 professional engineers.
Jeannette served for over 10 years in the Canadian Forces Reserves and attained the rank of Captain. She is also a public speaker, dedicated community volunteer and a published author (Upsizing in a Downsizing World). Her award-winning book was written to help others through the transition period after being downsized by their companies.
Jeannette is co-chair of the MOVE Task Force of the Western GTA Summit, a citizen's transportation group that advocates for the western GTA. The group released a ground breaking report in May with 28 recommendations that garnered significant media attention with over 10 news articles, radio and TV interviews across the GTA. Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion praised their report and called upon the Task Force to continue to advocate and push for residents.
Jeannette is also an active volunteer with Gymnastics Mississauga, one of Canada's leading gymnastics training facilities. She also served on the board of SkyRocketKids Foundation and currently serves on the board of the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education.
Jeannette is also known as the 'Rocket Lady' having run a model rocket building workshop for the past 8 years at a YMCA camp in Haliburton, Ontario.
Jeannette is a member of the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance. She has run in many races including the New York City Marathon, skydived, rappelled out of helicopters and off cliffs, hiked in the Himalayas, climbed Mt Fuji, white-water rafted in Nepal, the Ottawa River and Banff, and zip-lined in Costa Rica.