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Date of Birth: 1946
Graduation: 1964

Janis Johnson

Janis Johnson is a Canadian senator. In 1968, after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Manitoba, she served as a policy researcher for the federal Progressive Conservative leader Rob Stanfield. Later, she moved to Newfoundland where she worked as a policy consultant and organizer for the Progressive Conservative party of Newfoundland and Labrador. In 1973, she married the province’s Premier Frank Moores. On her return to Manitoba, Johnson worked for three years as the President (1980-1983) of the Progressive Conservative Women’s Caucus of Winnipeg, an organization that she established. In 1983, she organized Brian Mulroney’s leadership campaign for Manitoba, and she became the first female to hold the position of National Director of the Progressive Party of Canada. Beyond politics, throughout the 1980s, Johnson was a public affairs consultant, a writer, and a lecturer on women’s programs for the U of M’s Faculty of Continuing Education. In 1990, she was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. She has received many accolades such as the “Business and Professional Women’s Award” (1995), “The Special Olympics Award for Volunteerism” (1994), and the Order of the Falcon (200) for her work in promoting Canadian-Icelandic relations.