Roy Cullen, P.C., provides senior level counsel to TSA clients on a wide range of public policy issues including finance, natural resources and energy, and transportation.
Mr. Cullen was a member of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s Government, and later served under Prime Minister Paul Martin. He served as Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, as Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness; and as Chair of the Ontario Liberal Caucus. He also served as Official Opposition Critic for Natural Resources. He was sworn in as a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada in 2004.
Mr. Cullen earned his B.A. in Business Administration, and a Master of Public Administration. He qualified as a Canadian Chartered Accountant in 1972. Initially elected to the House of Commons in Ottawa in a by-election in 1996, he was re-elected in the 1997, 2000, 2004, and the 2006 general elections. He retired from the Canadian House of Commons in 2008. During his career prior to 1996, Mr. Cullen served as an Assistant Deputy Minister in the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, and as a Vice-President in the Noranda Forest Group (now Norbord).
In March 2004, Mr. Cullen orchestrated the passage of a complex Private Members’ Bill C-212, An act respecting user fees, by engaging Members of Parliament and Senators. The Bill was passed and resulted in significant changes to government user fees, making the system more transparent, performance-based, and accountable.
During his tenure as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Mr. Cullen was actively involved in designing and implementing Canada’s anti-money-laundering regime. Mr. Cullen has been very active with the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) in the international fight against corruption and money laundering. He has spoken out on these scourges and has played a leadership role at several anti-corruption and anti-money-laundering workshops and conferences. Currently Mr. Cullen serves as a Director of GOPAC, as team leader of the GOPAC Anti-Money Laundering Global Task Force, and as Chair of the North American chapter of the Parliamentarians Against Corruption.
Mr. Cullen lives in Victoria, B.C., Canada, with his wife, Ethne. They have one son, Peter.