Mr. Cantelon was elected on May 17, 2005 in the riding of Nanaimo-Parksville and was appointed as Minister of Agriculture and Lands on January 30, 2009.
Prior to joining the Cabinet, Ron served on the B.C. Agriculture Plan Committee and the Special Committee on Sustainable Aquaculture. He has also served as Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth and as Chair of the Committee to Review the Personal Information Protection Act. In addition, Ron has been a member of the Select Standing Committee on Crown Corporations, the Special Committee of Selection, Treasury Board, and the Government Caucus Committee on Social Development.
Ron first entered political life as a city councillor for the City of Nanaimo in 1999. He has also acted as Chair of the Nanaimo Conference Centre Advisory Committee, Chair of the Downtown Nanaimo Partnership, Director of the Nanaimo Regional District Board and President of the Port Theatre from 1994 to 1999.
Ron has won several awards including Tourism Nanaimo’s Citizen of the Year 1999, Re/Max manager of the year for Western Canada in 1999 and was one of the 125 notable citizens for Nanaimo’s 125th anniversary.
Ron Cantelon has five children and resides in Nanaimo.