Bert Laranjo is the Conservative Party of Canada candidate working to bring change to Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas in this year’s federal election.
Bert lives in Dundas with his wife Joanna, who is a Nurse at McMaster Children’s Hospital. Their two daughters Kylie and Iyla attend St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School in Dundas.
Like so many middle class families in Canada, Bert and Joanna work hard to make ends meet and provide for their family. They are increasingly concerned about how life has become less affordable for Canadian families under Justin Trudeau. Bert also runs his own small medical consulting and training business and knows first-hand the challenges small business owners face.
Bert believes Andrew Scheer and the Conservative Party will help families and small business get ahead and not just get by.
As an immigrant to Canada from Portugal with his family when he was nine years old, Bert inherently understands the joys and trials that new Canadians face when they come to this country and the work ethic that is ingrained in their psyche.
Over the past 16 years, Bert built a successful career as a Registered Nurse specializing in Emergency Nursing. From saving lives in a busy inner-city emergency room to in-house education to managing a multi-million dollar Emergency Department which earned him accolades for his results in reducing patient wait times, Bert has seen it all.
Bert has always been a leader in his professional association – the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario and the Emergency Nursing Association of Ontario. He has chaired provincial conferences, lead policy and political action initiatives, Communications Officer and more.
Bert also shares his extensive knowledge and experience by teaching courses at York University in Toronto and Mount Royal University in Calgary.
One of the most memorable experiences in Bert’s medical career has been a month-long sabbatical working in Moosonee, Moose Factory and Attawapiskat, in Northern Ontario to help set-up, train staff and implement processes for daily operations. Bert earned the Research and Innovation Award from Toronto’s University Health Network for this work.
Bert is a graduate of York University with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and also holds a Master's of Science in Nursing from York.
An avid fan of the Hamilton Ti-Cats, the Hamilton Bulldogs and the Dundas Real McCoys, Bert played rugby professionally in Europe while in university. That experience, more than any other, instilled the value of teamwork in Bert – an aptitude that has prevailed in his career since. Bert has often been recognized in his workplace for his compassion, teamwork and team leadership.