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About

MARTIN ABELL

My experience and my values

I’m a first generation Canadian. My Parents settled in Toronto, on Douglas Drive, and my brother and sister and I grew up in both North and South Rosedale. I attended Upper Canada College and then the University of British Columbia where I played rugby and graduated with a degree in Agricultural Economics.

  • Early in my career I worked in commodity trading in the food industry then spent several years at Ridpath’s Furniture where my task was to transition the family business in preparation for generational changeover and non-family management.
  • I’m an entrepreneur: In 2013 I was a founder and continue to be a board member of one of Ontario’s fastest-growing craft breweries, Side Launch Brewing Company, located in Collingwood. We were named Canadian Brewery of the Year in 2016 – and we make great beer!
  • I’m a part-time farmer and have repurposed the family farm into a forage operation supplying Ontario’s growing equine sector. And I am currently focused on identifying investment opportunities in Western Canada.
  • I’m an environmentalist and care deeply about habitat preservation: when I was chair, Ontario Region, of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, I helped steer the organisation toward a more systematic focus on threatened habitat sites where targeted conservation efforts would yield the best results. Two examples of sites protected are the Happy Valley Forest in King Twp., one of the last tracts of remaining high-canopy forest in the GTA and, in Eastern Ontario, Elbow Lake north of Kingston, an area of critical habitat for multiple species of birds and reptiles.
  • I’m concerned about mental health and homelessness – the two issues are closely linked. I’m a board member of the House of Compassion, in downtown Toronto, a home for 21 individuals requiring supportive housing with around-the-clock care to cope with mental health challenges, and I’ve been a long-time volunteer with the Out-of-the-Cold program for the homeless at Yorkminster Park Church near Yonge & St. Clair.
  • I have also served as a volunteer board member with UforChange, an innovative organisation that provides youth at risk, many of whom are new Canadians, the opportunity to nurture their creative passions into marketable skills in order to get a start in the job market. Helping youth get that first real job is critical.
  • My wife Kim founded and runs the Dalton School where children aged 4-12 learn in a multicultural and multilingual environment (English, Mandarin and Spanish). There is a proven link between learning another language and academic achievement.
  • Kim and I have four children aged six to fifteen years, who attend three different schools, and we have chosen to raise them in downtown Toronto. We live in Rosedale, near Roxborough Drive and Mt. Pleasant Road.
  • I will work hard to earn your support first to be our PC candidate in University—Rosedale, and then to be an effective and responsible conservative voice for downtown Toronto. Together we will win in 2018!
Endorsements

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What others are saying about Martin.

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“I am pleased to endorse Martin Abell in this University-Rosedale nomination contest.  Martin lives in the riding, and he and Kim are raising their four children here.  So, in addition to his strong entrepreneurial and volunteer experience, Martin has deep roots in this community – and that is very important in a candidate!”

Barbara McDougall

Glenrose Avenue
MP and cabinet minister under PM Brian Mulroney,
including Secretary of State for External Affairs

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“Martin Abell is a great friend of the LGBT community.  He was one of the first to write us a cheque to help sponsor our booth at Pride in 2015.  He marched with us in 2015 and 2016 and has always been an ally.  He is well known as a firm believer in diversity, inclusivity and bridge-building with minorities and the marginalized.  We can always count on knowledgable and supportive guidance from Martin.”

Doc von Lichtenberg and Benjamin Dichter

Co-founders, LGBTory

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“I’ve volunteered for Martin, going door to door with him and talking with many people in our riding. I know him as a strong leader; he’s even-tempered, respectful of differing views, high energy and ethical. Martin understands the unique issues facing condominium residents – which is important in this riding. He has my continued support.”

Barbara Captijn

Avenue Road
Consumer Advocate on new home buyer
and access to justice issues

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“We are fortunate that someone of Martin’s character and ability is willing to be our PC candidate in University-Rosedale.  I have seen Martin in action as a volunteer soccer coach with the Mooredale Community Association and you can learn a lot about someone’s character watching them coach six-year-olds.  Martin’s commitment to his alma mater Upper Canada College ensures that students going forward will benefit from the same high standards that he experienced.  Martin recently was awarded the Harold A.D. Roberts Award from UCC for his “above and beyond” contribution to the school’s boarding house.  Martin is compassionate about whatever he undertakes and we would be fortunate to have him represent us at Queen’s Park.”

Shuchi T. Stanger

Roxborough Drive

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“Martin has worked tirelessly for many years in support of the Ontario PC party and his local PC riding association, with the ultimate goal of making our city and province better places to live and work. He is honest, reliable and, as an active, longtime resident of University-Rosedale, is well qualified to provide effective local representation.”

Don Hogarth

Dunbar Road

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“I am thrilled that my friend Martin Abell is running for the nomination in our (new) mutual riding of University—Rosedale. When we ran together in neighbouring ridings in 2014, Martin was a great help and inspiration to me – I was so impressed with his campaign and his showing in a tough election for our Party. I am pleased to support him now and have no doubt that with Martin as our candidate we will finally turn this riding blue! I have full confidence that he will be an excellent MPP.”

Roberta Scott

Manning Avenue, Seaton Village
2014 candidate, Trinity-Spadina

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“Martin Abell has the character, experience and temperament required to be a successful PC Candidate in University—Rosedale and a strong, effective MPP at Queen’s Park. He has consistently demonstrated his dedication to the Ontario PC Party with hard work over the long term. He’s been a solid candidate and successful fundraiser. He is a responsible, conservative, downtown voice to help us face the red tide that once again threatens our city and the province. A candidate of Martin’s calibre is tremendously important to us and he has our whole-hearted support.”

Nancy and John McFadyen

Rosedale
Community Leaders and party activists

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“Martin Abell understands that our party needs an ‘urban mindset’ if we are going to be truly successful. His passion for public and community service has been evident in the ~20 years that we’ve known each other. I’ve worked with many talented politicians from all levels of government, and Martin is exactly the kind of intelligent, loyal, dedicated and hard-working Progressive Conservative that we need at Queen’s Park.”

Mark McQueen

President & CEO, Wellington Financial
Chairman, Toronto Port Authority, 2007-15

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“I enthusiastically endorse Martin Abell for PC candidate in University-Rosedale Riding. Martin is my kind of Conservative – a passionate conservationist and an advocate for marginalized people in our community. A successful businessman, and also a tireless worker for the betterment of our community. Martin would be an excellent MPP, and I’ll be working hard to get him elected in 2018!”

Phil Gillies

Brunswick Avenue, The Annex
Former Skills Development Minister and MPP for Brantford

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