Hello from Julie!
It’s a pleasure to introduce myself to you all. I’m a three-time cancer survivor, lover of the outdoors, a political trailblazer, an ally and advocate for marginalized folks, and an animal lover. I’m excited to tell you a little more about me:
I’ve fought, and won, two battles against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and then against thyroid cancer. I’ve learned invaluable lessons throughout these experiences. Life is incredibly short, but can be wildly beautiful and unimaginably meaningful if you live with: kindness, gratitude, and listen to your heart.
My passion and path have always been politics. To get real, sustaining change in our country and world, we need laws that catch up to our values. I studied in the male-dominated field of International Economics, graduating with Magna Cum Laude and the Dean’s Excellence Award.
I worked on political campaigns at all levels, including on MP Joyce Murray’s federal Liberal leadership campaign. I have volunteered on many political campaigns to help get more women into political office. It is impossible for women to get ahead if we don’t lift each other up.
In my spare time, I love to hang out with my rescue dog Theodore and practise parkour. Mediation and dance keep me grounded. You’ll likely find me rock climbing or kayaking in my spare time. I dream of one day living in the forest, right on the water.
Currently, I work for the government at Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada. I am part of the Government of Canada’s Treaties and Aboriginal Government team, to forge a new chapter in our history. A chapter of listening deeply to the concerns and injustices that face Indigenous, Inuit, and Métis people, and making changes to pave a more harmonious future.
I’ve helped pass the most substantial pieces of animal welfare legislation in Canadian history, including a ban on the shark fin trade, banning the captivity of whales and dolphins, and a ban on the trophy hunting of grizzly bears in British Columbia. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to do this amazing work alongside incredible animal advocates and with the Humane Society International/Canada team.
I am grateful to represent Gatineau and Quebec in the upcoming Miss World Canada pageant! I look forward to connecting with more of you. I am humbled and honoured.
As my journey continues, follow me on Instagram @JulieMacInnes1. And, if you would like to support my fundraiser for Children’s Wish Foundation, please go here!
Miss World Gatineau