Bev Shipley has worked and lived in the Lambton- Kent-Middlesex riding his entire life, just as generations of his family have done since 1819. After graduating from Centralia College of Agriculture Technology, Bev took over the family farm, which he expanded to include cash crops and purebred dairy cattle. His commitment to public service is extensive, which included 20 years of dedication to municipal government. Bev served on Middlesex County Council for 16 years, was Warden in 1995, and served the last 7 years as Mayor of Middlesex Centre.
Bev was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex in 2006 and was re-elected in 2008 and 2011.
Over the years, Bev Shipley has demonstrated a strong commitment to his family, community and public service, which all contribute to his excellent leadership skills and his understanding of the needs of constituents.
His involvement within the community has touched many individuals throughout the riding. He was a Director and a volunteer of the Western Fair Association, London, and a Director of the Middlesex County Agriculture Hall of Fame. Bev was past Chair and Vice-Chair of the Lake Huron Primary Water System. Bev is an active member of Community Bible Church, Middlesex Centre, and is a volunteer in numerous community organizations. Bev understands agriculture and believes our farmers are as efficient as any in the world. However, they must be supported so that they can compete against the trade tariffs and the treasuries of our competing trading partners.
It is in the Township of Middlesex Centre that Bev and his wife of 40 years, Barb, raised three now grown children. Bev is the proud grandfather of nine grandchildren.
To the list of his many responsibilities in Ottawa, Bev has added membership on the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, the Standing Committee on Veteran`s Affairs, and the Standing Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Agriculture. Currently, he is a member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and the Standing Committee on International Trade.
Bev is also a founding member of the Rural Caucus, a member of the Auto Caucus and the Energy Caucus. Additionally, Bev sits on the Executive of the Canada-Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the Association of Parliaments of the Americas.
Bev and Barb Shipley and their family