Jennifer and her family have lived in Scarborough-Rouge Park since 2005. Her love of the area grew when she enrolled at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) and volunteered with Rouge Park, years ago.
Jennifer was elected as Councillor for Scarborough-Rouge Park in 2018. While on Council, she has served as Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee, Chair of Scarborough Council, Chair of the Toronto Francophone Affairs Advisory Committee and Vice-Chair of the Budget Committee. In addition, she has been a member of Mayor Tory’s Executive Committee, the Toronto Zoo Board and the Toronto Transit Commission. These positions have enabled her to take an active role in advancing plans for Scarborough transit, climate action and the ravine strategy.
Before her election, Jennifer was a Geoscientist (Ph.D., P.Geo.) and managed industrial-academic partnerships and environmental research in the non-profit sector. Her peer-reviewed research has been cited more than 1000 times and was supported by numerous national and international awards, including the L’Oréal/UNESCO Women in Science Fellowship.
Jennifer served as the first President of the Scarborough Community Renewal Organization (2016-2018), and as President of the Centennial Community & Recreation Association (2015-2017). In this capacity, she worked collaboratively with stakeholders and residents to advocate for investment in Scarborough. In 2017, Scarborough Rotary Clubs recognized Jennifer for her dedicated community work with the Paul Harris Fellow award. She is also a recipient of the Leading Women, Building Communities Recognition Award by the Province of Ontario (2015) and was a UTSC Canada 150 Neighbour (2017).