Born in 1960, Mark is the fifth of ten children in the family of Dutch Immigrants John and Jean Eyking of Millville.
He is a graduate of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Truro. Mark and his wife Pam have four children and three grandchildren.
In November of 2000, Mark Eyking, a resident of Millville, N.S., was first elected Member of Parliament for the Federal Riding of Sydney-Victoria.
Prior to entering politics, Mark, along with his wife Pam, operated a successful vegetable farm for several years. They were recipients of the Cape Breton Business Excellence Award and Outstanding Young Farmers of Nova Scotia Award. Mark also worked on international agricultural projects, implementing sustainable farming practices in Central America.
Mr. Eyking served on various committees including, International Trade, Foreign Affairs, and Agriculture & Agri-food.
He was sworn into the Privy Council in 2003 and was given the responsibility of Agriculture and Agri Food. In 2004, Mr. Eyking was asked by Prime Minister Paul Martin to be responsible for the emerging economies such as China, India, Brazil and Eastern European Countries.
One of Mr. Eyking’s most important accomplishments was securing half a billion dollars to clean up the Cape Breton coal mines and the former coke oven sites. Mr. Eyking has also successfully lobbied the federal government to help fund the dredging of Sydney Harbour, which has since been completed.
In 2013, Eyking was appointed Agriculture Critic by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
In October of 2016, Mr. Eyking won his sixth consecutive election as Member of Parliament for Sydney-Victoria and has now represented the riding for over 15 years.
He is now the Chair of the Standing Committee on International Trade; Canada being a trading nation does over $700 billion worth of trade around the world per year.