Jon Gerrard’s diverse career offers a multitude of strengths to his leadership position. As a scientist and researcher, medicine has been a dominant thread in his career. Gerrard’s lifelong passion for politics encouraged a career change where yet again, he has daily opportunities to make a difference.
Jon was born in 1947. Dr. Gerrard obtained a BA in Economics from the University of Saskatchewan (1967), MD from McGill University, Montreal (1971), and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. In 1976, Dr. Gerrard received his Certificate in Pediatrics from the American Academy of Pediatrics. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Canada (pediatrics) in 1982.
Gerrard is an internationally recognized researcher and physician. He has a rich publication history that explores medicine, science and the environment. From 1985 to 1992, Gerrard led a multidisciplinary team in the care and treatment of Manitoba children with cancer as head of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg.
Jon Gerrard’s political career began when he was elected as the Member of Parliament for Portage-Interlake. While on Parliament Hill his positions as Secretary of State for Science and Technology (1993 – 1997) and Western Economic Diversification (1996 – 1997) provided him with opportunities to promote research, technology, economic growth, job opportunities and a better future for Canadians. Dr. Gerrard made the switch to provincial politics in September of 1999, when he was elected MLA for River Heights.
Gerrard has been a strong voice for the Liberal perspective in the legislature. His unique perspective, creative problem solving skills, down to business approach and extraordinary work ethic make him an exceptional and responsive MLA.
A diverse background including science and technology, health care and education, economics and the environment is an invaluable resource to bring to the office of the leader. Jon’s understanding and experience of Manitoba’s rural and urban life and knowledge of politics and government management in cabinet and federal arenas set him apart.
God we pray for Mr. Gerrard. He is concerned for children, their welfare and a sound budget to meet such needs and others. We pray that he would have a Godly perspective in all things. We pray that you will enable him with all power and might to legislate and enforce changes needed to deal with child poverty and the like and for families who need funding and help. We pray this in Christ’s holy name.