Chris Alexander was born and grew up in Toronto. He graduated from McGill University in 1988 with a BA in history and political science and obtained an MA in philosophy and politics from Balliol College, Oxford in 1991. He was a member of the Canadian foreign service from 1991 to 2009, working mostly in Russia and Afghanistan, serving as assistant to the deputy minister and G8 sherpa (1996-97), deputy head of mission at the Canadian embassy in Moscow (2000-03) and Canadian ambassador to Afghanistan (2003-05). He has also been an international public servant, serving as deputy special representative of the United Nations Secretary General from 2005 until 2009.
Mr. Alexander was Conservative Member of Parliament for Ajax-Pickering from 2011 to 2015. He served as Parliamentary Secretary for National Defence and Canada's Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. He has written one book The Long Way Back: Afghanistan's Quest for Peace (HarperCollins, 2011).
As a candidate in the 2016-17 Conservative leadership race, Mr. Alexander released forty policy proposals (www.chrisalexander.ca) for a New Canada, including with regard to citizenship, immigration, refugees and asylum.
Chris Alexander now lives in Ajax with his wife Hedvig Alexander, a former Danish army officer and social entrepreneur, and their three children.