Coralee Oakes was elected MLA for Cariboo North in 2013, 2017, and again in 2020. She currently serves as Shadow Minister for Post Secondary Education.
Previously she served as Caucus Chair and Shadow Minister for Advanced Education. She has also served as the Minister of Small Business, Red-Tape Reduction and Minister Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch, and Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
Prior to her election to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Oakes was a two-term Quesnel City Councillor and served as the Executive Director of the Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce.
Oakes is a Past President of the British Columbia Chamber Executives and has also served as a Director on the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Chamber of Commerce Executives, Cariboo Chilcotin Tourism Association, and numerous local not-for-profit organizations.
In 2007, Oakes was appointed to the provincial Small Business Roundtable, representing rural small businesses, and was appointed to the Minister’s Council on Tourism in 2009. The same year, Oakes received the B.C. Chamber of Commerce Executive of the Year award. She has also received the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association award of contribution.