Corneliu Chisu


Corneliu Chisu

Corneliu Chisu has a degree in engineering physics from the Polytechnic Institute in Bucharest Romania and a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Toronto in the same specialty.

Life events have given him the opportunity to practice engineering, international relations and trade, diplomacy, project management, and military engineering on two continents (Europe and North America). Before retiring from politics, he was the elected Member of Parliament for Pickering Scarborough East in Canada’s 41st Legislature (2011-2015).

In engineering, his first career, he initially worked in the area of infrared research, semiconductor devices and nuclear energy and finally as a project manager for Genivar, now WSP, one of the largest engineering companies in Canada.

His experience in international trade and relations stems from his years of work at the Italian Trade Commission in both Europe and Canada where he promoted Italian small and medium size business exports on the international market by providing them with market support and market intelligence.

He served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 24 years; as a reserve officer, a regular force officer, and a trainer in the cadets. While in the regular force, military engineers, he was deployed in Bosnia Herzegovina (2004) in peacekeeping operations and in Kandahar, Afghanistan in war operations (2007).

In the House of Commons he was Member of the National Defence, Veterans and Official Languages Committees.

He was also an Executive Member of the Canada-NATO and Canada-European Union Parliamentary Association and participated actively in the work of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, contributing to the successful negotiation of the free trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union.

In his volunteer activities and community service, he is a member of the Pickering Ajax Italian Club, Branch 170 Royal Canadian Legion, the Military Engineers Association of Canada, the Churchill Society, and he was also a board member of the Education Committee of the Former Parliamentarians Association of Canada.

For his professional and volunteer activities he has received several awards:

  • Military Awards: CD1, CD, NATO medal for Balkan Operations, The Canadian Peacekeeper Medal, The Afghanistan General Campaign Star, 2007;
  • Civilian Awards: The Commemorative Medals for the Golden Jubilee and Diamond of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, The Province of Ontario Volunteer Award 2005;
  • Professional Awards: The Professional Engineers of Ontario Order of Honour Member 2006 and Officer 2013, Fellow, Engineers Canada, 2009;
  • Governor General approved Foreign Awards: Civic Merit Medal Republic of Moldova 2012, Knight Cross “Civic Merit” Republic of Hungary 2014, Officer Cross “Civic Merit” Republic of Romania 2016.