Meet Anita

Anita's office is located at 1315 Richmond road (unit 8) in the strip mall near Lincoln Fields shopping centre. 

Phone: 613-990-7720

Email: anita.vandenbeld@parl.gc.ca

Staff are available to assist you weekdays 10:00-4:00pm, or see this website for Anita's weekly drop-in hours if you would like a private conversation directly with your MP.

Friday night coffee with Anita!

Every Friday from 5:30-6:30pm Anita hosts a "mini-town hall" coffee meeting at Algonquin College. Join her at the "AC Hub" on the second floor of the Student Commons building (above Starbucks). Bring her your ideas, solutions and questions!

For more information on Anita's coffee hour please call our constituency office at 613-990-7720

Free parking is available in Lot 4 (click here for the campus parking map).

About Anita

Anita Vandenbeld is a Canadian Member of Parliament, where she has represented Ottawa West-Nepean since 2015. Vandenbeld chairs the House of Commons Subcommittee on International Human Rights, and sits on the Foreign Affairs and International Development Committee and the Committee on Access to Information, Privacy, and Ethics. From 2015 to September 2018 Vandenbeld chaired the Parliamentary Women’s Caucus. She is also the founding chair of the all-party Democracy caucus. Vandenbeld has also served on the Committee on the Status of Women and the Procedure and House Affairs committee and was chair of the Special Committee on Pay Equity.

Prior to her election to the Canadian House of Commons, Vandenbeld worked for over a decade in international democratic development and women’s political participation, having worked in over 20 countries on inclusive governance and women’s leadership. She managed a global, multi-partner online network to promote women’s political rights and participation, called iKNOWpolitics.org. Vandenbeld was a parliamentary advisor with the United Nations Development Programme in Bangladesh; Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of the Central Assembly and Political Parties Section of the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission in Kosovo; She coordinated an anti-corruption campaign with the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina; and as the resident director of the National Democratic Institute’s office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Vandenbeld established a political party program during the 2011 elections. Anita has also led women’s campaign and leadership training in several countries, including Haiti, and she authored a UNDP study on women’s political participation in Vietnam.

Vandenbeld has a Masters Degree in Constitutional and Political History from York University. Shortly after leaving graduate school she spent 6 years as a staff member in the Canadian Parliament, including as a policy analyst in the National Liberal Caucus Research Bureau, as Director of Parliamentary Affairs in the office of the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister Responsible for Democratic Reform and as Chief of Staff to a Senator.

Vandenbeld is a recipient of the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal for her work in Kosovo. She has also received the Leading Women, Leading Girls Award for her community service. Vandenbeld is a contributing author to the ‘Oxford Handbook on Transnational Feminist Movements’ and wrote a chapter in a book about Canadian parliamentary democracy called ‘Turning Parliament Inside Out’. 

Vandenbeld’s volunteer work includes having been Chapter development chair for Equal Voice, a multi partisan organization to promote women in politics in Canada. She has also served as a volunteer board member to the Parliamentary Centre, a Canadian non-profit dedicated to strengthening parliaments around the world, and as a founding board member of the Centre for Democratic and Participatory Governance in Brussels. Vandenbeld is currently on the Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy.