Early life, education [change]
Oda was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She was the daughter of Japanese Canadian parents. She was a Sansei, which means that she was the granddaughter of people born in Japan who immigrated to Canada.
Oda was the first Japanese-Canadian to be appointed a Cabinet Minister. She was a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.
- Parliament of Canada, "ODA, The Hon. Bev, P.C., B.A."; retrieved 2012-12-3.
- "Beverley (Bev) Oda" at National Association of Japanese Canadians; retrieved 2012-12-3.
- Notable Names Database (NNDB), "Bev Oda"; retrieved 2012-12-3.