Ron Cantelon was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation and Technology on September 5, 2012.
He was re-elected for his second term on May 12, 2009 to the riding of Parksville-Qualicum.
Previously, Ron served as the Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors to the Minister of Health, Minister of Agriculture and Lands, and was a member of the B.C. Agriculture Plan Committee and the Special Committee on Sustainable Aquaculture. He was also Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth and Chair of the Special Committee to Review the Personal Information Protection Act. In addition, Ron has been a member of the Special Committee of Selection, Treasury Board, the Select Standing Committee on Crown Corporations, 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 two grandchildren.