Chris Bentley was elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003, 2007 and 2011. On October 20, 2011, Bentley was appointed Minister of Energy. He has previously served as Attorney General, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Minister of Labour.
Bentley is a lawyer who practiced criminal and labour law for almost 25 years. For 10 of those years he also taught part-time at the University of Western Ontario Law School, where he helped to establish the Law School Careers Office.
Active in the London community, Bentley was the first chairperson and an organizing committee member of Neighbourhood Legal Services London and Middlesex, a legal clinic established in London to assist low-income clients.
Bentley attended the University of Western Ontario and received his law degree from the University of Toronto Law School in 1979. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1981 and later obtained a masters-level degree from Cambridge University in England.
Bentley’s home is in London. He and his wife, Wendy, have two daughters. An avid runner, he is a regular participant in charity runs. He has run three Boston marathons.