Robert Sopuck, BSc, MSc, MP
Robert Sopuck, Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette, was first elected in the November 2010 by-election and then again in the 41st federal election in May 2011.
Robert is a respected member of the Standing Committee for Environment and Sustainable Development and the Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. In addition, Robert is Chair of the Manitoba Regional Caucus.
From 2011 to 2013 Robert served as Chair of the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group. This is a non-partisan group open to all Parliamentarians seeking to promote positive relations between Canada and Ukraine.
In 2012, Robert was instrumental in founding the Conservative Hunting and Angling Caucus. The caucus, which has since grown to over 30 Conservative Members of Parliament, serves as a venue for Members of Parliament to discuss the common concerns of their constituents and move forward with solutions from the government that respect hunters and anglers. It also serves in an outreach role to meet with hunters, anglers, and trappers across the country to ensure their wealth of knowledge on environmental conservation is heard by our government. Robert is the chair of this caucus.
Robert Sopuck received his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) from the University of Manitoba in 1973 and Master of Science (M.Sc.) from Cornell University (1975) in Ithaca, New York. His first career (1976-1979) was in fisheries management where he was the District Biologist (Eastern Arctic) for the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans and then as Fisheries Biologist for the Province of Manitoba. For a number of years he ran his grain farm and an outfitting business near Riding Mountain National Park.
From 1988 to 1996 he coordinated the sustainable development initiative for the Province of Manitoba. Duties included the development of a sustainable development strategy for Manitoba, development of Manitoba’s water strategy, and providing staff support to the Sustainable Development Committee of Cabinet. He was Manitoba’s observer on the Founding Board of the International Institute for Sustainable Development. In 1996 he took a position with the Pine Falls Paper Company as Director of Environmental Programs. In this position he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s environmental performance ranging from the management of a wastewater treatment plant to permitting and compliance with the terms and conditions of the environmental license. He was also on the Board of the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation at this time.
In 1998 he moved back to his farm in Western Manitoba, where he currently resides. He was the Vice-President of Policy (Western Canada) for the Delta Waterfowl Foundation from 2000 -2009 and the Director of the “Smart Green” environmental policy project and the “Rural Renaissance Project” for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. He has had extensive experience in agricultural and rural policy analysis and development. He chaired the board of the Manitoba fisheries development group known as the Fish and Lake Improvement Program for the Parkland Region and was the hunting and outdoors columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press. During the winter of 2009/2010, he was a natural resources specialist with AMEC Earth and Environmental Limited and supervised an oil exploration and drilling program in Alberta.
In October 2007 he was appointed by Canada’s Minister of the Environment to the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, the primary advisory body to the federal government on environmental and natural resources policy.
He has operated a grain and oilseed farm, a small outfitting business, and carried out consulting work in the areas of environmental assessment and resource management. His experience and expertise led to becoming known as “the right-wing environmentalist.”
In June 2014, Robert was honoured to receive the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s Past Presidents’ Award, which honours elected legislators for their contributions to the conservation of wildlife in Canada.
In all of these activities he has earned a solid reputation as a respected advocate for Manitoba’s rural communities. He has a very strong knowledge about the workings of government and industry, having held senior positions in both.
He and his wife, Caroline, live on their 480 acres of land in the Sandy Lake area. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Nomination for the Next Federal Election
In the summer of 2014, Robert was selected by members of the Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa Conservative Association in accordance with Conservative Party of Canada regulations to once again represent them in the next federal election.