Belinda Stronach was a Member of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons from 2004 to 2008. Originally elected as a Conservative, she later crossed the floor to join the Liberals. From May 17, 2005 to February 6, 2006, she was the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal in the government of Paul Martin.
Considered as one of the most powerful women in business, she is the chairman and president of The Stronach Group and chairman of Acasta Capital. She is also the founder and chair of The Belinda Stronach Foundation, a Canadian charitable organization. After leaving politics, she served as the executive vice-chairman of Magna International, Canada’s largest automotive parts manufacturer until December 31, 2010.
Belinda Stronach is the daughter of Frank Stronach, founder of Magna International, a supplier company for the automotive industry based in Aurora, Ontario, north of Toronto. Her mother is called Elfriede (born Sallmutter).
She studied at York University for a year, then graduated from Magna. She speaks English and German. She was a member of Magna’s board of directors from 1988 to 2004, and she also worked in management. From February 2001 to December 31, 2010, Stronach was a member of the Supervisory Board and deputy CEO of Magna International.