About Emma Hogbin

Emma Jane Hogbin was first introduced to Canada’s political system when she was selected as a Legislative Page at the Ontario Legislature while attending public school and later a Legislative Usher while studying at the University of Toronto. She graduated from U of T in 1999 with a BSc in Science and the Environment where she focused on the politics of migratory fish species. In 2005, Emma returned to her home town of Owen Sound to open a boutique consulting agency to help build on-line communities and work with not-for-profit organizations. She holds the position of Science and Technology Critic with the Shadow Cabinet of the Green Party of Canada.

In 2007 and 2008, Emma hosted HICK Tech, a rural technology conference in Owen Sound which highlighted the unique challenges and opportunities our community faces.

Emma has taught Web technologies at both Seneca College and Humber College and knitting and bookbinding classes at various shops in Toronto and Owen Sound. She has delivered social and technical presentations at IT conferences across North America, Europe and as far away as New Zealand addressing the importance of small business, open source software and the role of women in technology. Her first book, Front End Drupal, is a best seller within its industry.

In January 2010, Emma was recognized by The Google Diversity Programme for her efforts in increasing female participation in software development.

A longtime supporter of the Green Party of Canada, Emma has previously served as Web consultant on two successful campaigns run in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. Her great uncle Richard Thomas was one of Canada’s first visible Green Party candidates nearly 20 years ago. Emma was the Bruce--Grey--Owen Sound Green Party of Canada Candidate in the 2011 federal election.

Emma lives in Owen Sound and continues to be inspired by her book store owner mother, her artist father, the local farmlands and our beautiful landscape.