Biography | Joyce Murray | Federal Liberal Candidate for Vancouver Quadra


The Hon. Joyce Murray was first elected as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra in 2008, following a highly successful 25-year career building an international reforestation company and four years in the provincial cabinet of the B.C. government.

Joyce served as Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board following the 2015 general election, and later as President of the Treasury Board. She was appointed Minister of Digital Government on November 20, 2019. She also championed and helped lead the development of the Centre for Greening Government.

Making federal government operations more environmentally friendly and efficient was a natural project for Joyce, whose entrepreneurial spirit led her to build a company that has planted almost 1.5 billion trees—more than 500,000 of which she planted herself.

She received the Simon Fraser University Dean’s Medal as the top MBA graduate in 1992, was the chair of the board at Brinkman and Associates Reforestation, and served as British Columbia’s Environment Minister and Minister of Management Services from 2001 to 2005.

Joyce Murray has always been a thought-leader, driving progressive new policies in government. Whether advocating for strong, smart environmental measures or being an early advocate of the legalization and regulation of cannabis, Joyce’s ability to envision and deliver on bold new ideas comes from her depth of experience in politics and business.

She is passionate about investing in a fairer, greener economy that empowers future generations, and is confident that digital innovation will offer important opportunities for improving services to Canadians.

As a child Joyce immigrated to Canada from South Africa with her family and settled in Vancouver where she attended Lord Byng Secondary. She has three adult children and five grandchildren, and lives in Vancouver Quadra with her husband, Dirk.