Karim Jivraj is a passionate conservative and a dedicated community volunteer.
Karim has been a card-carrying Conservative for 15 years. He ran for Parliament in the 2015 election, first winning an upset nomination victory, then facing off against Liberal Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. Described as a “young conservative rising star,” Karim was asked by Prime Minister Harper to represent the Conservative Party at locally and nationally broadcast debates. His spirited parliamentary run was profiled in the National Post, the Globe & Mail, The Walrus, and CTV News.
Born and raised in Ontario, Karim grew up in a humble small business family where he and his brothers worked at the family store after school. Understanding the tough realities that small businesses face at a young age has shaped Karim's belief that government must stay out of the way so that entrepreneurs can flourish.
Karim pursued his university studies overseas, earning two law degrees from the Sorbonne in Paris. He also pursued graduate studies in international law and political economy at Sciences Po and Cornell Law School.
Karim is an Albertan by choice. Like generations of Albertans before him, Karim moved out west in search of new opportunities, a fresh start and a new beginning in the most freedom-loving part of Canada.
An avid and lifelong community volunteer, Karim serves as a high school debate coach with the Alberta Speech & Debate Association. He believes that encouraging students to debate openly and speak freely is the best way ensure that the next generation of Canadians do not succumb to the stifling political correctness that has infected Canada's schools and post-secondary institutions.
Karim also serves as an elected member of several local Calgary political Boards: as a Board Director of the Calgary-Centre Conservative EDA, as an Executive on the Calgary-Confederation Conservative EDA and as the Director of Communications of the Calgary-Elbow UCP constituency association.