Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on 
Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Issue 24 - Minutes of Proceedings - March 26, 2015

OTTAWA, Thursday, March 26, 2015


The Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade met this day at 10:32 a.m., in room 160-S, Centre Block, the chair, the Honourable A. Raynell Andreychuk, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Andreychuk, Beyak, Demers, Downe, Eaton, Fortin-Duplessis, Johnson, Oh and Smith, P.C. (Cobourg) (9).

In attendance: James Lee and Pascal Tremblay, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Services, Library of Parliament.

Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, November 21, 2013, the committee continued its study to examine such issues as may arise from time to time relating to foreign relations and international trade generally. (For the complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 10.)


Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada:

Susan Bincoletto, Assistant Deputy Minister, International Business Development and Chief Trade Commissioner.

Export Development Canada:

Johane Séguin, Sector Vice President, Extractive and Resources, Extractive Group.

Canadian Commercial Corporation:

Anthony Carty, Vice President Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer.

Industry Canada:

Shereen Benzvy Miller, Assistant Deputy Minister, Small Business, Tourism and Marketplace Services.

Business Development Bank of Canada:

Michel Bergeron, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Public Affairs.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada:

Robert Orr, Assistant Deputy Minister, Operations;

Angela Gawel, Director General, International Region;

Caitlin Imrie, Director General, Passport Operational Coordination.

The chair made a statement.

Ms. Bincoletto, Ms. Séguin, Mr. Carty, Ms. Miller and Mr. Bergeron each made a statement and answered questions.

At 11:34 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 11:38 a.m., the committee resumed.

Mr. Orr made a statement and, together with Ms. Gawel and Ms. Imrie, answered questions.

At 12:11 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.


Mark Palmer

Clerk of the Committee