Born in Montreal, Kathleen Weil is married and a mother of four.
Kathleen Weil was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1983 after earning degrees in Civil and Common Law at McGill University in 1982. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from the same university.
After having practiced law for a few years, she worked for numerous organizations both in the public and not-for-profit sectors. More recently, between 2000 and 2008, she held the position of President and CEO of the Foundation of Greater Montreal, a community foundation that develops and manages endowment funds to support charitable organizations in the areas of health, social services, education, environment, and arts and culture throughout the Greater Montreal region. Between 2005 and 2008 she directed the publication of Vital Signs, an annual report card on the socioeconomic health of Greater Montreal.
In the December 8, 2008 Quebec General Election, she was elected Member of the National Assembly for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, becoming the first woman to hold this function in this southwest riding of Montreal. On December 18, 2008, she was appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Quebec. In August 2010, she was named Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities. She was also a member of the Cabinet Committees on social, educational and cultural development and a member of the Cabinet Committee on legislation.
On September 4th, 2012 and on April 7th, 2014, she was re-elected MNA for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.
Over the years Kathleen Weil has sat on numerous boards working in the area of health and social services at the provincial, regional and national levels. She served as the President of the Montreal Regional Board of Health and Social Services (now called the Montreal Health and Social Services Agency), board member of this organization; chairperson of the Conférence des régies régionales de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec; vice-president of the Board of Batshaw Youth and Family Centres and member of the Board of the Association des centres jeunesse du Québec. She was also a member of the Board of the Canadian Institute for Health Information and a member of the Advisory Council of the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Also very active in the philanthropic sector, Kathleen Weil served as member of the Board of just before entering politics.