Moderator – 7th WRC: Whitehorse

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unnamed (2)Moderator Honourable
Larry Begnell,
Member of Parliament

Larry Bagnell served as Yukon’s representative in Ottawa for over a decade, sitting as a federal Member of Parliament from 2000-2011. During his time as a Liberal MP, Larry was appointed to the Privy Council and served as Parliamentary Secretary to both the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, and the Minister of Natural Resources. Larry also sat on many Parliamentary Committees, developing expertise in the areas of Transport, Defence, Industry, Veterans Affairs, Justice & Human Rights, and Aboriginal Affairs.

Prior to politics, Larry had a lengthy career in the federal government, which culminated in his appointment as the Director for the Yukon of Industry Canada.  During this time, he managed programs in economic development, science and technology, tourism, small business, innovation, industrial development, and international trade, and led a number of Trade Missions. His legislative skills were well utilized and Larry played a key role in the creation of the Yukon’s new Municipal Act. He would also go on to become the Executive Director of the Association of Yukon Communities it was through this work that Larry became well known for being a tireless and reliable advocate.

During his time in Ottawa, Larry was widely-regarded as a dedicated, respectful, and hard-working Member of Parliament. In fact, his peers selected him, multiple times, as the hardest working MP in Canada in an annual survey of Parliamentarians. In that same survey, he’s also been recognized as the best constituency MP in Canada.

As MP, Larry made many trips with the Gwitchin to Washington in efforts to save the Porcupine Caribou herd, including working alongside Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton in events in Whitehorse and Washington. Over and above being involved in 4 Land Claim/Self Government Agreements, including the first such urban agreement in Canada, he was especially delighted to be able to bring the Canada Games Centre to the Yukon.

Larry’s dedication to Yukon has roots that can be traced back to long before his time as a Member of Parliament. In 1999, he was recognized with the City of Whitehorse Volunteer of the Year Award. This award recognized his incredible service to the community, including his service as President of the Yukon chapter of the United Way, President of Yukon Learn (Literacy), and President of the Skookum Jim Friendship Center. In addition, Larry has sat on the Boards for the Miles Canyon Historic Railway Society, the Yukon Science Institute, and the Commissioner’s Potlatch.

Despite his many accomplishments his most important role began however, when he and Melissa were blessed with the birth of their first child Aurora, in October 2008 and their second child, Dawson born in November 2011.
Larry is also a graduate of the University of Toronto with Bachelor’s Degrees in both Arts and Science.