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, and 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: president of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce; board member of Hamilton’s Theatre Aquarius, The Canadian Club ofHamilton, Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice fundraising committee, Phoenix Place (second stage housing). Sophia was recently appointed to sit on the Board of Directors of Brock University.
Sophia acted as president and CEO of the Ontario Liberal Fund from 2012-13.Working collaboratively with the Board of Directors, she implemented the first-ever central reporting accounting system to distribute tax receipts to donors from 107 ridings. She was also instrumental in managing the team effort of the annual Liberal Heritage Dinner in 2013, that raised over $1.5 million to help support election preparedness.
Most recently, Sophia founded Silver Alert Canada, and has been a key advocate, since 2008, for a National Silver Alert Strategy for all Canadians. Silver Alert Canada was successful, in 2018, in getting Federal petition e-1588 submitted to the government and Sophia is working with agencies across the country to gain momentum and support for this important initiative.
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