Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Studies & Bills

Information prior to the 40th Parliament is from notices of meetings. For the official record, please refer to the related minutes and transcripts.

There are limited electronic records available for the period prior to the 35th Parliament. For historical information, please contact: ctm@sen.parl.gc.ca or 1-800-267-7362

Studies & Bills Date Referred  note  note
Bill S-6, An Act to implement the Convention between Canada and the Republic of Madagascar for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income
(2018-11-20)
Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 10:34 AM
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 4:15 PM
  • Ted Cook, Director General, Tax Legislation (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Stephanie Smith, Senior Director, Tax Treaties (Department of Finance Canada)
The subject matter of those elements contained in Division 13 of Part 4 of Bill C-86, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 27, 2018 and other measures
(2018-11-07) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 10:34 AM
  • Martin Butcher, Policy Advisor, Arms and Conflict (Oxfam)
  • Kenneth Purchase, Director, International Trade Compliance (Pratt & Whitney Canada)
  • John Saabas, President (Pratt & Whitney Canada)
  • Erika Simpson, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, The University of Western Ontario (As an Individual)
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 4:17 PM
  • Milos Barutciski, Partner (Borden Ladner Gervais LLP)
  • Katharine Funtek, Executive Director, Trade Controls Policy Division (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Michèle Govier, Senior Director, Trade Rules, International Trade Policy Division (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Christian Leuprecht, Professor, Department of Political Science and Economics, Royal Military College of Canada (As an Individual)
  • Justin Mohammed, Campaigner, Human Rights Law and Policy (Amnesty International Canada)
  • Alex Neve, Secretary General (Amnesty International Canada)
  • Isabelle Ranger, Counsel, Market Access and Trade Remedies Law (Global Affairs Canada)
Bill C-47, An Act to amend the Export and Import Permits Act and the Criminal Code (amendments permitting the accession to the Arms Trade Treaty and other amendments)
(2018-10-31) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 1:30 PM
Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 10:33 AM
  • Alain Dondainaz, Head of Mission to Canada (International Committee of the Red Cross)
  • Kenneth Epps, Policy Advisor, Arms Trade Treaty (Project Ploughshares)
  • Catherine Gribbin, Senior Legal Advisor, International Humanitarian Law (Canadian Red Cross)
  • Cesar Jaramillo, Executive Director (Project Ploughshares)
  • Peggy Mason, President (Rideau Institute)
  • Thomas Woodley, President (Canadians for Justice & Peace in the Middle East)
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 4:17 PM
  • Tony Bernardo, Executive Director (Canadian Shooting Sports Association)
  • Michael Byers, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia (As an Individual)
  • Christyn Cianfarani, President and CEO (Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries)
  • James Fergusson, Deputy Director, Centre for Defence and Security Studies, Department of Political Studies, University of Manitoba (As an Individual)
  • Gary Stanley, President (Global Legal Services, P.C.)
  • Steve Torino, President (Canadian Shooting Sports Association)
  • Kevin Wolf, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce (As an Individual)
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 4:01 PM
  • The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Rouben Khatchadourian, Director General, Trade and Export Controls Bureau (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Ian Shugart, Deputy Minister, Foreign Affairs (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Cindy Termorshuizen, Director General, International Security Policy Bureau (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Kevin Thompson, Executive Director, Market Access and Trade Remedies Law (Global Affairs Canada)
Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 10:34 AM
  • Martin Butcher, Policy Advisor, Arms and Conflict (Oxfam)
  • Kenneth Purchase, Director, International Trade Compliance (Pratt & Whitney Canada)
  • John Saabas, President (Pratt & Whitney Canada)
  • Erika Simpson, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, The University of Western Ontario (As an Individual)
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 4:17 PM
  • Milos Barutciski, Partner (Borden Ladner Gervais LLP)
  • Katharine Funtek, Executive Director, Trade Controls Policy Division (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Michèle Govier, Senior Director, Trade Rules, International Trade Policy Division (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Christian Leuprecht, Professor, Department of Political Science and Economics, Royal Military College of Canada (As an Individual)
  • Justin Mohammed, Campaigner, Human Rights Law and Policy (Amnesty International Canada)
  • Alex Neve, Secretary General (Amnesty International Canada)
  • Isabelle Ranger, Counsel, Market Access and Trade Remedies Law (Global Affairs Canada)
Bill C-79, An Act to implement the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership between Canada, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam
(2018-10-17) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 3:17 PM
  • Mark Agnew, Director, International Policy and Executive Director, Canadian Services Coalition (Canadian Chamber of Commerce)
  • Don W. Campbell, Distinguished Fellow (Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada)
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 2:30 PM
  • Claire Citeau, Executive Director (Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance)
  • Rob Cunningham, Senior Policy Analyst (Canadian Cancer Society)
  • Angelo DiCaro, Acting Research Director (Unifor)
  • Trevor Kennedy, Policy Associate (Business Council of Canada)
  • Brian Kingston, Vice President, International and Fiscal Issues (Business Council of Canada)
  • Mark A. Nantais, President (Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association)
  • Steven Schumann, Director, Canadian Government Affairs (International Union of Operating Engineers)
  • Scott Thurlow, Senior Advisor, Government Affairs (Dow Chemical Company (Canada))
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 10:35 AM
  • The Honourable Jim Carr, P.C., M.P., Minister of International Trade Diversification (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Bruce Christie, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Trade Agreements and Negotiations (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Kendal Hembroff, Director General, Trade Negotiations (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Timothy Sargent, Deputy Minister for International Trade (Global Affairs Canada)
The subject matter of those elements contained in Division 8 of Part 6 of Bill C-74, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 27, 2018 and other measures
(2018-04-24)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 4:15 PM
  • Margaret McGuffin, Executive Director (Canadian Music Publishers Association)
  • Louise Jeanne Poulin, Chief Executive Officer (ArtExpert.ca)
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 10:32 AM
  • Chris Roberts, Director, Social and Economic Policy (Canadian Labour Congress)
  • Mark Rowlinson, Assistant to the National Director (United Steelworkers)
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 4:15 PM
  • Jean Bédard, Q.C., Chairperson (Canadian International Trade Tribunal)
  • Michèle Govier, Senior Director, Trade Rules, International Trade Policy Division (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Léticia Villeneuve, Economist, Trade Rules, International Trade and Finance Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
Government response to the sixteenth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, entitled The Deepening Crisis in Venezuela: Canadian and Regional Stakes, tabled in the Senate on July 20, 2017
(2018-03-20)
Government Response to the thirteenth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, entitled A turning point in Canada-Argentina Relations?, tabled in the Senate on June 1, 2017
(2018-02-28)
The subject matter of Bill C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts, insofar as it relates to Canada’s international obligations
(2018-02-15) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 10:41 AM
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 4:17 PM
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 4:18 PM
  • The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Martin Benjamin, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister for the Americas (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Mark Gwozdecky, Assistant Deputy Minister, International Security and Political Affairs (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Alan Kessel, Assistant Deputy Minister, Legal Affairs and Legal Adviser (Global Affairs Canada)
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 4:15 PM
  • Eric Costen, Director General, Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat (Health Canada)
  • Jennifer Lutfallah, Director General, Enforcement and Intelligence Programs (Canada Border Services Agency)
  • David Pellmann, Executive Director, Office of Medical Cannabis (Health Canada)
Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 10:34 AM
  • Martin Jelsma, Director, Drugs & Democracy Programme, Transnational Institute (As an Individual)
  • Gwendolyn Landolt, National Vice-President (REAL Women of Canada)
  • John Walsh, Director for drug policy and the Andes, , Washington Office on Latin America (As an Individual)
  • Diane Watts, Researcher (REAL Women of Canada)
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 4:15 PM
  • Paul J. Larkin, Jr., Senior Legal Research Fellow, Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, Institute for Constitutional Government (As an Individual)
  • Steve Rolles, Senior Policy Analyst (Transform UK)
  • Grant Wilson, President (Canadian Children's Rights Council)
Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 10:34 AM
  • Bruno Gélinas-Faucher, PhD Candidate in International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge (As an Individual)
  • Dwight Newman, Professor and Canada Research Chair, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan (As an Individual)
  • Kathy Vandergrift, Chair (Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children)
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 4:16 PM
  • Line Beauchesne, Full Professor, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • Armand de Mestral, Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University (As an Individual)
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 10:36 AM
  • Steven Hoffman, Professor, Faculty of Health and Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (As an Individual)
  • Mark A. R. Kleiman, Professor of Public Policy, Marron Institute of Urban Management, New York University (As an Individual)
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 4:20 PM
  • Mark Gwozdecky, Assistant Deputy Minister, International Security and Political Affairs (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Kevin Thompson, Director General, North America Strategy Bureau (Global Affairs Canada)
Government Response to the seventh report of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, entitled Free Trade Agreements: A Tool for Economic Prosperity, tabled in the Senate on February 7, 2017
(2017-11-09)
Study on the impact and utilization of Canadian culture and arts in Canadian foreign policy and diplomacy, and other related matters
(2017-10-26) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 10:34 AM
Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 10:31 AM
  • Jean-Paul Lemieux, Director, South America Relations (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Glen McPherson, Deputy Director, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Jean-Luc Pilon, Senior Desk Office, Brazil (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Cheryl Urban, Director General, South America and Inter-American Affairs (Global Affairs Canada)
Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 10:36 AM
  • Madeleine Careau, Chief Executive Officer (Orchestre symphonique de Montréal)
  • Claude Joli-Coeur, Commissioner and Chairperson (National Film Board)
  • Christopher Walker, Vice President, Studies and Analysis (National Endowment for Democracy)
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 4:15 PM
  • Valerie Creighton, President and CEO (Canada Media Fund)
  • Jayson Hilchie, President and CEO (Entertainment Software Association of Canada)
  • Kristian Roberts, Partner (Nordicity Group Limited)
Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 10:30 AM
  • Julie Boyer, Director General, International Trade (Canadian Heritage)
  • Chris Crowell, Vice President, Corporate Innovation (Volta)
  • Michel Sabbagh, Director, International Trade (Canadian Heritage)
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 4:17 PM
  • Gideon Arthurs, Director General (National Theatre School of Canada)
  • Howard Jang, Vice President, Arts and Leadership (Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity)
  • Phyllis Lambert, Founding Director Emeritus (Canadian Centre for Architecture)
Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 10:30 AM
  • Christophe Rivet, President (ICOMOS Canada)
Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 10:30 AM
  • Sylvain Cornuau, Secretary-General (Commission internationale du théâtre francophone)
  • Guylaine Normandin, Director, Supporting Artistic Practice (Canada Council for the Arts) (Commission internationale du théâtre francophone)
  • Jayne Watson, Chief Executive Officer, National Arts Centre Foundation (National Arts Centre)
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 4:17 PM
  • Diego Enrique Arria Salicetti, Former Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the UN (As an Individual)
  • Antonio José Ledezma Diaz, Former Mayor of Caracas (As an Individual)
  • John Ralston Saul, Essayist and Novelist (As an Individual)
  • Tamara Sulay Suju Roa, Executive Director of Casla Institute, Czech Republic (As an Individual)
Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 10:33 AM
  • Ron Burnett, President and Vice-Chancellor (Emily Carr University of Art and Design)
  • Alain Chartrand, General Manager and Artistic Director (Coup de cœur francophone)
  • Jean R. Dupré, President and CEO (Orchestre Métropolitain)
  • Brigitte Proucelle, Cultural and Scientific Counsellor (Embassy of France to Canada)
Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 10:29 AM
  • Esther Charron, Co-Founder and President (Pôles magnétiques, art et culture)
  • The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson (As an Individual)
  • Roger Garland, President, Board of Directors (The Glenn Gould Foundation)
  • Brian M. Levine, Executive Director (The Glenn Gould Foundation)
  • Aldo Mazza, Founder and Artistic Director (KoSA Music)
  • Marie-Christine Morin, Director General (Fédération culturelle canadienne-française)
  • Susan Peterson d'Aquino, Member of the Board of Directors, The National Arts Centre Foundation (As an Individual)
  • Martin Théberge, President (Fédération culturelle canadienne-française)
Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 10:34 AM
  • Jana Sterbak, Artist, Conceptual Sculptures (As an Individual)
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 4:19 PM
  • Nicholas Cull, Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California (As an Individual)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 4:15 PM
  • Margaret McGuffin, Executive Director (Canadian Music Publishers Association)
  • Louise Jeanne Poulin, Chief Executive Officer (ArtExpert.ca)
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 10:33 AM
  • Renuka Bauri, Communications and Advocacy Director (Canadian Artists' Representation)
  • Frédéric Julien, Co-chair (Canadian Arts Coalition)
Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 10:32 AM
  • Ronald Grätz, Secretary General (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, Germany)
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 4:23 PM
  • Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada (Library and Archives Canada)
  • John Degen, Executive Director (The Writers' Union of Canada)
  • Carlos Enríquez Verdura, Chargé d’Affaires of Culture, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Special Projects (Secretariat of Foreign Affairs, Mexico)
  • Barry Hughson, Executive Director (The National Ballet of Canada)
Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 10:45 AM
  • Mariya Afzal, Country Director (British Council Canada)
  • Carlos Enríquez Verdura, Chargé d’Affaires of Culture, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Special Projects (Secretariat of Foreign Affairs, Mexico)
  • Ronald Grätz, Secretary General (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, Germany)
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 4:16 PM
  • Greg A. Hill, Audain Senior Curator, Indigenous Art (National Gallery of Canada)
  • Louise Imbeault, President (Société nationale de l'Acadie)
  • Kerry Swanson, Chair, Board of Directors (ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival)
  • Tonya Williams, Executive Director, President and Founder (Reelworld Film Festival)
  • Clayton Windatt, Executive Director (Aboriginal Curatorial Collective)
Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 10:34 AM
  • André Lewis, Artistic Director (Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet)
  • Julie-Anne Richard, Director General (Réseau indépendant des diffuseurs d'événements artistiques unis)
Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 10:32 AM
  • Christa Dickenson, Chair, Interactive Ontario (Canadian Interactive Alliance)
  • Michael A. Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 4:30 PM
  • Simon Brault, Director and Chief Executive Officer (Canada Council for the Arts )
Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 10:35 AM
  • Gaston Barban, Former Canadian Diplomat (As an Individual)
  • Daryl Copeland, Senior Fellow, , Canadian Global Affairs Institute (As an Individual)
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 4:18 PM
  • Jeremy Kinsman, Former Ambassador of Canada (As an Individual)
Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 10:32 AM
  • Jérôme Moisan, Director General, Strategic Policy, Planning, and Research (Canadian Heritage)
  • Michel Sabbagh, Director, International Trade (Canadian Heritage)
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 4:16 PM
  • Andrea Desmarteau, Deputy Director, Creative Industries, Financial and Professional Services (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Peter Lundy, Director General, Public Diplomacy and Special Initiatives (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Patrick Riel, Deputy Director, Cultural Diplomacy and Advocacy, Mission Support (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Stuart Savage, Director General, Geographic Coordination and Mission Support Bureau (Global Affairs Canada)
Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 10:32 AM
  • Colin Robertson, Vice President, Canadian Global Affairs Institute (As an Individual)
  • Sarah E.K. Smith, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University (As an Individual)
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Orders of Reference

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