Sophia Aggelonitis is a dynamic business and public sector innovator who brings ideas to life.
Always passionate about the organizations and causes she represents, Sophia is a compelling and highly competent ambassador, spokesperson and advisor. As founder and CEO of Sauces by Sophia (2003-2007), she developed a specialty food business from start-up with distribution to over 150 stores province-wide.
Sophia was elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2007, representing the riding of Hamilton Mountain, she was immediately named Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. She later served as parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Consumer Services and Minister of Economic Development and Trade. Sophia was also named Chair of the Small Business Agency of Ontario to encourage better communication between government and small business. In January 2010, Sophia was appointed Minister of Consumer Services and later that year was appointed Minister of Revenue and Minister Responsible for Seniors.
An ardent community leader, Sophia’s wide and varied activities and interests include: being president of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce; board member of Hamilton’s Theatre Aquarius, The Canadian Club of Hamilton, Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice fundraising committee, Phoenix Place (second stage housing). [we should make sure these are all still relevant and add Brock U as well…]
She is a Paul Harris Fellow, recipient of the Friends of Mohawk College Award and was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Sophia has a combined degree in politics and psychology from Brock University and currently sits on the Board of Directors at Brock University.