Canada ChairpersonToronto, Canada
Garreth Bloor married his Canadian sweetheart he met back as an undergrad student while she was on a gap year in Cape Town. They currently reside in Toronto after several years in the Mother City.
Bloor has served as a DA Mayoral Committee Member for the City of Cape Town, first elected at age 23, following activism in student politics at the University of Cape Town, where the first DA student branch was established. He has served on the DA-led student council as vice president and later on the board of the institution.
Garreth was elected a Member of Parliament for the DA in 2014, but opted to serve in a second position on the Mayoral Committee, remaining in the city’s executive cabinet until the end of his five-year term on the city council.
His work in North America is focused on risk analysis advisory for investors into South Africa, including venture capital investment via a Cape Town-based fund management company he co-founded in late 2016. He serves as Vice President for Transatlantic Affairs at the Johannesburg-based Institute of Race Relations and is passionate about the right policies that will guarantee broad-based prosperity for all in the land of his birth.
Americas Regional Forum Chairperson & Canada Deputy ChairpersonSte-Agathe-des-Monts, Canada
Americas Regional Forum Chairperson & Canada Deputy Chairperson
Renette was born and raised in Welkom in the Free State. Over the last 18 years she has lived in France, the US and now Canada. She is now trained and qualified as an early Childhood Educator but recently returned back top school to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Community Development. Renette is on the board of directors of an non-profit organisation in Montreal called Women Aware. This organisation provides long term support for victims and survivors of intimate partner violence and also provides educational programs in schools and colleges regarding intimate partner violence.
Renette became a volunteer for the DA Abroad in 2016. She loves South Africa and is passionate about our country, it’s people and it’s future. Renette believes it is important to be aligned with those who share the same heart and vision for our country. She is therefore really excited and proud to be part of the DA Abroad. Our country deserves the hope it represents!
Canada Secretary / TreasurerVancouver, Canada
Canada Secretary / Treasurer
Lynne grew up in Johannesburg and continued on to study in Cape Town. Lynne has lived in the UK, Toronto and more recently Vancouver! From afar, her hope is to help her family and friends still living in South Africa to have a brighter future through the leadership of a truly democratic dynamic government. Lynne has a background in marketing and brand management and hopes to bring her skills and passion to help raise awareness of the great work and plans the DA has for her native country.