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 (LL.B. International Law, LL.M. Public & Constitutional Law). He also pursued graduate studies at Sciences Po and Cornell Law School (two-year exchange program with a full merit scholarship).
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.
Karim is active in Calgary politics and has been elected to serve on several local Calgary political Boards:
- Director, Conservative Party of Canada Calgary Centre EDA
- Director, Conservative Party of Canada Calgary Confederation EDA
- Director, United Conservative Party Calgary Elbow CA
Karim currently works at a boutique law firm in downtown Calgary where he focuses on plaintiff-side class action disputes.