For most of his professional life Ard Van Leeuwen has been involved in starting up and growing business organizations in the information technology sector. Currently he is a founder and principal of the New Toronto Group (www.newyyz.com), a specialty software services provider to the North American marketplace.
During the 1990's Ard held a variety of senior management positions with Sybase Inc, a software vendor. His tenure included eight years of living abroad in Europe and Asia Pacific during which he was exposed to a complete range of business environments, cultures and governments. He was responsible for growing the company's presence in those regions.
Ard graduated with an MBA from York University in 1988, a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Toronto in 1982 and an ARCT from Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music in 1978. Ard moved to a farm in Caledon in the year 2000. He and his wife have a seven year old daughter.
Ard was the Dufferin-Caledon Green Party candidate during the 2008 and 2011 Federal Election. For the past two years Ard has served on the Green Party's Shadow Cabinet as Finance Critic and Federal Council as ex-officio member.
Ard has been a "Big Brother" for many years. He is a weekend outdoor ball hockey warrior. For 25 years now he's been part of an outdoor Saturday afternoon pick-up game 10 months a year, rain, snow or shine.