An engineer by training, Mr. Sam Hamad is a holder of two master’s degrees: in civil engineering and in management.
Following the April 7, 2014 election, Mr. Hamad was appointed Minister of Labour and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region April 23, 2014.
His political career began in 2003 when he was elected for the first time and became Minister of Wildlife, Natural Resources and Parks and the Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale (Québec City) region. Mr. Hamad was re-elected in 2007 and in 2008, and was successively named Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity, Minister of Labour, Minister of Transport, and Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, a portfolio he held until September 2012. In the meantime, he served, most notably, as Chair of the Comité ministériel sur les projets économiques, Chair of the Comité ministériel de la prospérité économique et du développement durable, Vice-chair of the Conseil du trésor, Vice-chair of the Comité des priorités économiques, and member of the Comité des priorités.
Re-elected for a fourth time in 2012, Mr. Hamad was Official Opposition critic for economic development and external trade and for the Capitale-Nationale until April 2014, in addition to acting as Chair of the Committee on Labour and the Economy. He has also served as Vice-chair of the National Assembly Delegation for Relations with Bavaria (DANRBA) and as a member of the National Assembly Delegation for Relations with the United States (DANREU).
Mr. Hamad is a former president of the Board of Trade and Industry of Metropolitan Quebec and vice-president of the Quebec federation of chambers of commerce. He also served as President of Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec for the Québec/Chaudière-Appalaches region and chaired the task force on the renewal of the Quebec public service.
Recognized for his community involvement, Sam Hamad has chaired several boards of directors, including the Fondation de Lauberivière, the Conseil régional de l’environnement Chaudière-Appalaches, and the Forum Énergie de la Capitale. Last but not least, he also served as Vice-president of Centraide Québec, and as a board member of the Laval Hospital Foundation and of the Capitale-Québec committee.
LAst update: Febuary 27, 2015
Online as of: April 24, 2014