Who is Jamie Schmale?
With a strong background in radio, journalism, and federal politics, Jamie has had the honour of representing Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock in Ottawa since 2015.
Prior to entering politics, Jamie attended Fenelon Falls High School and Loyalist College, graduating from the Radio Broadcasting program. Jamie started his career as News Anchor and later News Director for CHUM Media Kawarthas. Covering news, municipal politics, and sports for 91.9FM Radio CKLY in Lindsay, Jamie covered the horrific attacks of 9/11, the blackout of 2003, and the amalgamation of the 16 municipalities of Victoria County into what is now the single-tier City of Kawartha Lakes.
Raised in Bobcaygeon, he now calls Lindsay home. A professional, father, and volunteer, Jamie is actively involved in a number of local charities and not-for-profits.
He is the go-to guy when it comes to being the Master of Ceremonies for fundraising campaigns and committees, including: the Victoria County United Way, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Victoria-Haliburton, Easter Seals, Community Care, Kawartha Lakes Fire Chief’s Annual Ball, Kawartha Lakes Awareness Fair, the Multiple Sclerosis Walk, Lindsay Canada Day, COKL Awareness Fair, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, and the Lindsay Exhibition parade committee.
As MP Barry Devolin’s Campaign Manager in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011, Jamie helped Barry win his riding by a larger plurality following each election. As Barry’s Executive Assistant, a position that he enjoyed for eleven years, Jamie oversaw relations, media management, communications, and outreach. He also managed large, ongoing local issues such as the Trent Severn Waterway. Jamie could often be seen attending events across the riding representing the Government of Canada when Barry was not available.
In 2014, Jamie was nominated by the Conservative party to become the next Conservative candidate for the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock (HKLB) riding. Since first being elected, he has served on various Parliamentary Committees such as the Procedure and House Affairs, Natural Resources and up until prorogation in August 2020, was the Vice Chair of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Committee.
In 2019, Jamie was asked to serve as the Shadow Minister for Crown-Indigenous Relations under previous Leader Andrew Scheer. In 2020, the new leader for the Official Opposition, Erin O’Toole, asked Jamie to serve as his Shadow Minister for Families, Children and Social Development. As part of the Official Opposition’s plan to recover the economy post COVID-19, Jamie has be re-appointed to Shadow Minister for Crown-Indigenous Relations and serves as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs.
2019: Re-elected as Member of Parliament
2015: MP Elect – Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock
2015: Returning Officer, Ontario Progressive Conservative Leadership – Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock
2014: Candidate for Nomination
2014: Candidate, Conservative Party of Canada, Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock
2013: National Convention, Calgary – Delegate
2011: Campaign Manager, Re-Elect Barry Devolin Campaign
2010-2014: HKLB CPC Communications Committee, Chair
2009-2010: HKLB Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, Board Member
2008: Campaign Manager, Re-Elect Barry Devolin Campaign
2008: National Convention, Winnipeg – Delegate
2006: Campaign Manager, Re-Elect Barry Devolin Campaign
2006-Present: Executive Assistant, Barry Devolin, MP
2006: Present: HKLB CPC Election Readiness Committee, Chair
2005: National Convention, Montreal – Delegate
2004-2005: Manager of Media and Stakeholder Relations – Barry Devolin, MP
2004: Campaign Manager, Barry Devolin Campaign
2004-Present: HKLB Conservative Party of Canada, Board Member
2003: Candidate for nomination, HKLB Conservative Party of Canada
2002-Present: Member, HKLB Ontario Progressive Conservative Party
2002-2003: HKLB Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, Board Member
2013-2014: Co-Emcee – Lindsay Jolly Jog
2013: Co-Emcee – Lindsay Jolly Jog
2012-Present: Referee Assignor: Brock Minor Hockey
2010-2012: Race Director – Kawartha Lakes 5K and One Mile Challenge
2010-2011: Referee Assignor: Sunderland Minor Hockey
2010-2011: Referee Assignor: Brock Minor Hockey (Beaverton/Cannington)
2009-Present: Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay Community Task Force – Communications
2007-Present: Lindsay Central Exhibition Parade Committee – Communications Chair
2004-Present: Referee Assignor : Ops Minor Hockey Association
2004-Present: Referee Assignor: Lindsay Minor Hockey Association
2004-Present: Referee Assignor: Central Ontario Wolves AAA Hockey Association
2009: Member of the Lindsay-Nayoro, Japan Twinning Committee
2006-Present: Lindsay Canada Day Emcee
2008-Present: Multiple Sclerosis Walk (Kawartha Lakes): Honourary Co-Chair
2008: City of Kawartha Lakes Awareness Fair Master of Ceremonies
2006-2007: Communications Chair: 150th Anniversary of the Town of Lindsay Parade Committee
2007: City of Kawartha Lakes United Way Fundraising Campaign Cabinet member
2007: City of Kawartha Lakes Fire Chief’s Annual Ball: Master of Ceremonies
2006: City of Kawartha Lakes Community Care: Public Relations Committee
2002-2004: City of Kawartha Lakes Easter Seals: Communications Chair
2000: Victoria County United Way/Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Victoria-Haliburton: Celebrity Skip
1998-2001: Referee In-Chief: Bobcaygeon Minor Hockey Association