Corneliu Chisu - Hungarian Canadian Business Association

Corneliu Chisu

Director of Diplomatic Affairs | Diplomáciai ügyekért felelős igazgató

Chisu was born in Satu Mare, Romania, and he attended high school at Mihai Eminescu National College. He graduated from Polytechnic University of Bucharest in 1971 with a degree in engineering physics. He worked as a researcher at the Research Energy Institute in Bucharest and as a teaching assistant at the Polytechnic University while pursuing his Ph.D., specializing in the field of photovoltaic conversion of solar energy.

In 1976 he joined the Italian Trade Commission in Bucharest as a trade analyst. He immigrated to Italy in 1981 and to Canada in 1982.

In Canada Chisu worked at the Italian Trade Commission in Toronto as a senior trade analyst in the field of industrial cooperation in the manufactured goods area, and pursued his Master of Engineering degree at the University of Toronto, from which he graduated in 1988.

In 1989 he was certified as a professional engineer. He worked also as an engineer and project manager for engineering companies in Canada.

He is Expert Advisor in international co-operation to Canadian and international organizations and Government relations, engineering, project management, professional regulations, technology transfer.

He also acted for several years as the honorary consul of the Republic of Moldova in Toronto. He was recognized for his work by the President of Moldova, who conferred on him the Medal of Civic Merit in 2012.

For his work in strengthening the relations between Hungary and Canada, Chisu in 2014 received the Knights Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit.

For his work in strengthening the relations between Romania and Canada, Chisu in 2016 received the Officer Cross of the Romanian Order of Merit.

For his volunteer work in Canada he received the the Commemorative Medals for the Golden and Diamond Jubilees of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Military Service

In 1990 Chisu joined the Canadian Forces, and was commissioned as an officer in the Royal Corps of Military Engineers, first in the reserve, then in the regular force. In 2002 he graduated from the Canadian Staff College in Kingston, Ontario. While serving in the reserve, he was promoted to the rank of Captain, and later that year, received the Canadian Forces Decoration.

While serving in the regular force, he was posted in 2003 as a construction engineer officer at the Canadian Forces Training Centre in Meaford, Ontario. In 2004 he was deployed in the Balkans in Banja Luka as the engineering advisor to the Commander of NW Brigade. While serving in the Balkans, he received the NATO Medal and the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal.

In 2007 he was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan as the second in command to the Engineer Support Unit, where he contributed to the infrastructure projects on the airfield and forward operating bases and contributed to the improvement of the Military Role 3 Hospital. While serving in Afghanistan, he received the General Campaign Star Afghanistan Medal.

In 2008 he was promoted to the rank of Major and was posted to Petawawa as the 2 Area Support Group engineer. In 2009 he retired from the Regular Force, and joined the Cadet Corps as a Cadet Officer cadre. While serving in the Cadet Corps, he received the Canadian Forces Decoration First clasp (CD1) after 22 years of service in the Canadian Forces.

He was one of 13 Members of the Canadian Parliament in the 41st legislature who had military service in their career backgrounds, and was the only sitting MP who was a veteran of the conflict in Afghanistan.

Politics

Chisu ran for election in the riding of Pickering—Scarborough East in the 2011 federal election as a member of the Conservative Party of Canada and was elected as a Member of the Canadian Parliament. In the 41st legislature.

In the 2015 election campaign Chisu was not re-elected in the new redistributed riding of Pickering Uxbridge.  He entered the debate on the future of the Pickering Airport lands that had previously been expropriated by the Government of Canada. He expressed support for an airport on the lands in contrast to the position taken by all his opponents.

He presently is the riding President of the Pickering Uxbridge Conservative Party Electoral District Association.