About Gurmant Grewal - The Ironman of Canadian Parliament

Gurmant Grewal was born and educated in India. After his MBA, he worked in the management with reputed companies in India and then migrated to Liberia where he was a partner in a family business that started small but quickly grew up and diversified. He taught as an Asst. Professor of Business Management at the University of Liberia. After the bloody civil war, the Grewal family migrated to the UK and Canada. He and his family got involved into the community and integrated quickly in Canada. In less than six years, he was elected as Member of Parliament on June 2nd, 1997 to represent the riding of Surrey Central for the Reform Party of Canada and re-elected in 2000 for Canadian Alliance and in 2004 re-elected for Newton-North Delta for Conservative Party of Canada until 2006. Gurmant envisioned and helped the founding of New Westminster College for studies in diplomacy and leadership. He also helped establish an apple orchard in Atlantic Canada. Gurmant and his wife Nina, ran seven successful federal campaigns; currently both are Political Strategists, Organizers, Consultants and Motivational Speakers. Gurmant recently helped establish the People’s Party of Canada. Gurmant also serves as a Corporate Board Member providing vision, strategy and leadership and writing political and motivational books.

scholarship Education
  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science and Diplomacy (H.C.) 2012, Caucasus University, Georgia
  • M.B.A. - Master of Business Administration 1981, Punjab Agricultural University, India
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) - Bachelor of Science Agri. (Honours) 1979, Punjab Agricultural University, India
EXPERIENCE Broader Experience (37 Years) and Skills
  • Experienced as Parliamentarian, Political Strategist, Entrepreneur - Successful Businessman, Financial Institution Director, Senior Manager, University Professor, Innovator, Motivational Speaker, and Community Leader and Activist.
  • Effective management and administration skills, leadership abilities in running corporate boards, strategic planning and envisioning projects.
  • Thorough understanding of working of governments, parliament, regulatory process, and public policy.
  • Knowledge of International affairs, trade, diplomacy, lobbying and marketing.
  • Well-travelled (60 countries), including as state guest; and represented Canada at international conventions.
  • Strong global contacts in governments, media, businesses and multicultural communities.
  • Ran seven successful federal election campaigns and assisted in leadership campaigns.
  • Skilful in developing public relations, preparing and analysing strategic communication and media reports.
  • Team player and leader, strategic and hard worker, visionary and innovative, quick-learner and solution-oriented, research and analysis, enjoy challenges and good sense of humour.
EXPERIENCE Records, Awards and Recognitions
  • Called “The Iron Man of the Canadian Parliament” by the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper
  • With the election of Nina Grewal in 2004, became the first married couple to serve concurrently as MPs in Canada.
  • As an Opposition MP, Chaired the Joint Standing Committee of the House and Senate for Scrutiny of Regulation7-terms.
  • Elected to the House of Commons in less than 6 years after immigrating to Canada (a record).
  • Only member of the Canadian Alliance (Opposition) to receive Royal Ascent for a Private Member’s Bill (C-205).
  • Introduced over 50 Private Members’ Bills and Motions, the issues that changed even the govt’s agenda.
  • Met with over 65 heads of states and raised numerous international issues.
  • Delivered more speeches than colleagues during many sessions of the House of Commons.
  • Held parliamentary record for attending the most consecutive votes (471 votes over a 43-hour period).
  • First visible minority to be appointed Officer of the House (Deputy House Leader), and Chair of a Joint Committee of Parliament.
  • First Sikh MP elected to Her Majesty’s Loyal Official Opposition of Canada and the first South Asian candidate of the Reform Party in Canada
  • Awarded the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals for outstanding services to Canada.
  • World Sikh Award in Professional category (2012) London, U.K. (28th most powerful & influential Sikh in the world)
  • 2002-Leader of the Year by the Radio India through a public poll.
  • Key note speaker at Harvard Business School on Participation of Visible Minorities in Politics in North America.
  • The Indian Icon Award (2014), New Delhi.
  • Recognition by Washington State Network for contributions on promotion of Human Rights.
  • At the age of 8, received an Admit Card to the Vice President’s Gallery, United States Senate Chamber from Hubert Humphrey, Vice President of the USA.
Involvement Past Community Involvement
  • Member, Surrey and Delta Chambers of Commerce
  • Director, Surrey Metro Savings Credit Union (then the second largest credit union in Canada)
  • Director and Secretary, SOS Children’s Villages (BC)
  • Director, Burns Bog Conservation Society, Delta, BC
  • Education Chair, Canadian Cancer Society, North Delta Unit
  • Vice Chair, Healthy Community Coordinating Committee of Corporation of Delta
  • Member, Community Services Advisory Committee of Corporation of Delta