Studies & Bills

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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"
(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) Show Briefs
Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 10:32 AM
  • Alison LeClaire, Senior Arctic Official and Director General, Arctic, Eurasian & European Affairs (Global Affairs Canada)
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)
Bill S-235, An Act to amend the Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act (investments)
(2017-06-13)
The subject matter of those elements contained in Division 1 of Part 4 of Bill C-44, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures
(2017-05-08)
Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 10:32 AM
  • Eudoro Antonio González Dellán, Member of Parliament and Head of the Venezuelan delegation to the Parliament of Mercosur "Parlasur" (National Assembly of Venezuela)
Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 10:32 AM
  • Jean Bédard, Q.C., Member and Acting Chairperson (Canadian International Trade Tribunal)
  • Laura Bourns, Senior Economist, Trade Rules, International Trade and Finance Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Nick Covelli, Executive Director (Canadian International Trade Tribunal)
  • Patrick Halley, Director, International Trade Policy Division, International Trade and Finance Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Darryl Larson, Acting Director General, Trade and Anti-dumping Programs (Canada Border Services Agency)
Bill C-30, An Act to implement the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union and its Member States and to provide for certain other measures
(2017-03-07) Show Briefs
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 4:16 PM
  • His Excellency Andrii Shevchenko, Ambassador (Embassy of Ukraine)
Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 10:30 AM
  • Lisa Bokwa, Director, Visa Policy, Admissibility Branch (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
  • Caroline Charette, Director, Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) Secretariat (Global Affairs Canada)
  • David Manicom, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Program Policy (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
  • Denis Martel, Director, Patent Policy Directorate
  • Mark Schaan, Director General, Marketplace Framework Policy Branch, Strategic Policy Sector (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
  • Adriana Vega, Director, International Policy (The Canadian Chamber of Commerce)
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 4:17 PM
  • Larry Brown, President (National Union of Public and General Employees)
  • Ronald Cameron, Coordinator (Réseau québécois sur l'intégration continentale)
  • Sarah Clark, Chief Operating Officer (Fraser River Pile and Dredge)
  • Sujata Dey, Trade campaigner (The Council of Canadians)
  • Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood, Researcher, Trade and Investment Research Project (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
  • Jessica Olivier-Nault, Researcher (Réseau québécois sur l'intégration continentale)
  • Archana Rampure (Trade Justice Network)
  • David Wilkes, Senior Vice President, Grocery Division and Government Relations (Retail Council of Canada)
Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 10:39 AM
  • Jeremy de Beer, Full Professor, University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law (As an Individual)
  • Armand de Mestral, Professor emeritus, Jean Monnet Chair in the Law of International Economic Integration, McGill University (As an Individual)
  • Jerry Dias, National President (Unifor)
  • Angelo DiCaro, National Representative (Unifor)
  • Terry Engler, President, Local 400 - Marine Section, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (International Transport Workers' Federation)
  • James Given, President (Seafarers' International Union of Canada)
  • Pierre Marc Johnson, Chief Negotiator of the Government of Québec for the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and Counsel, Lavery de Billy (As an Individual)
  • Peter Lahay, National Coordinator (International Transport Workers' Federation)
  • Angella MacEwen, Senior Economist, Social and Economic Policy Department (Canadian Labour Congress)
  • Gus Van Harten, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (As an Individual)
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 4:18 PM
  • Lesia Babiak, Executive Director, Worldwide Government Affairs and Policy (Canada); Johnson & Johnson, Family of Companies in Canada (Innovative Medicines Canada)
  • Jody Cox, Vice-president, Federal and International Affairs (Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association)
  • Declan Hamill, Vice-President, Legal, Regulatory and Policy (Innovative Medicines Canada)
  • Jim Keon, President (Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association)
  • Brian Kingston, Vice President, International and Fiscal Issues (Business Council of Canada)
  • Mark A. Nantais, President (Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association)
  • Corinne Pohlmann, Senior Vice President, National Affairs and Partnerships (Canadian Federation of Independent Business)
Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 10:31 AM
  • Michael Broad, President (Shipping Federation of Canada)
  • David C. Dingwall, Legal Counsel, The Darius Group Inc. (Port of Sydney Development Corporation)
  • Ken Forth, Chair, Canadian Horticultural Council Trade and Marketing Committee (Canadian Horticultural Council)
  • Daniel Hohnstein, Lawyer, Tereposky & DeRose LLP (Canadian Shipowners Association)
  • Kirk Jones, Acting President (Canadian Shipowners Association)
  • Karen Kancens, Director, Policy and Trade Affairs (Shipping Federation of Canada)
  • Serge Le Guellec, Member (Canadian Shipowners Association)
  • Rebecca Lee, Executive Director (Canadian Horticultural Council)
  • Frank Schiller, Advisor (Nunavut/Nunavik Eastern Arctic Shipping Inc.)
  • Marlene Usher, Chief Executive Officer (Port of Sydney Development Corporation)
  • Mathew Wilson, Senior Vice President (Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters)
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 4:19 PM
  • Dominique Benoit, Senior Vice President , Institutional Affairs and Communications (Agropur Cooperative)
  • Claire Citeau, Executive Director (Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance)
  • Marie-Anne Coninsx, Ambassador (Delegation of the European Union to Canada)
  • Karsten Mecklenburg, Head of Trade and Economic Section (Delegation of the European Union to Canada)
  • René Moreau, President (Agropur Cooperative)
Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 10:33 AM
  • The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, P.C., M.P., Minister of International Trade (International Trade)
  • Louise Laflamme, Chief, Marine Policy and Regulatory Affairs (Transport Canada)
  • Sandra LaFortune, Director General, International Relations and Trade Policy (Transport Canada)
  • Denis Martel, Director, Patent Policy Directorate (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
  • Matthew Smith, Director, Intellectual Property Trade (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Steve Verheul, Chief Trade Negotiator (Canada-European Union) (Global Affairs Canada)
Bill C-31, An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Ukraine
(2017-03-07)
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 4:24 PM
  • Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Marvin Hildebrand, Director General, Market Access (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Hani Tabsh, Chief Operating Officer (Refraction Asset Management)
  • Michael Yurkovich, Chief Executive Officer (Refraction Asset Management)
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 4:16 PM
  • His Excellency Andrii Shevchenko, Ambassador (Embassy of Ukraine)
Bill S-226, An Act to provide for the taking of restrictive measures in respect of foreign nationals responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights and to make related amendments to the Special Economic Measures Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
(2016-11-17)
Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 10:31 AM
  • Behnam Ben Taleblu, Senior Iran Analyst (Foundation for Defence of Democracies)
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 4:17 PM
  • The Honourable Irwin Cotler, Founder and Chair (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Danny Eisen, Co-Founder (Canadian Coalition Against Terror)
  • Sheryl Saperia, Director of Policy (Canada) (Foundation for Defence of Democracies)
  • The Honourable Senator David Tkachuk, Sponsor of the Bill
Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 10:30 AM
  • Richard Arbeiter, Director General, Office of Human Rights, Freedoms and Inclusion (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Marc-Yves Bertin, Director General, International Economy Policy (Global Affairs Canada)
  • William Browder, Head of the International Justice Campaign for Sergei Magnitsky and Author of Red Notice (As an Individual)
  • Thor Halvorssen, President and Chief Executive Officer (Human Rights Foundation)
  • Carolyn Knobel, Acting Director General, Legal Affairs (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Kevin Rex, Acting Director General, Eastern Europe Relations (Global Affairs Canada)
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 4:18 PM
  • The Honourable Senator A. Raynell Andreychuk, sponsor of the bill (Senate of Canada)
Bill C-13, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act, the Hazardous Products Act, the Radiation Emitting Devices Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, the Pest Control Products Act and the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act and to make related amendments to another Act
(2016-11-03)
Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 10:37 AM
  • Laura Dawson, Director, Canada Institute, Woodrow Wilson Centre (As an Individual)
  • Colin Robertson, Vice-President and Fellow of Canadian Global Affairs Institute and Executive Fellow, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary (Canadian Global Affairs Institute)
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 4:12 PM
  • The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Kim Dayman-Rutkus, Director, Centre for Regulatory and Compliance Strategies, Regulatory Operations and Regions Branch (Health Canada)
  • Jason Flint, Director General, Policy, Communications and Regulatory Affairs Directorate, Pest Management Regulatory Agency (Health Canada)
  • John Moffet, Director General, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Directorate (Environment Canada)
  • David Usher, Director General, Trade Negotiations (Global Affairs Canada)
Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 10:44 AM
  • Shannon Coombs, President (Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association)
  • Pierre Petelle, Vice President, Chemistry (CropLife Canada)
  • Dennis Prouse, Vice President, Government Affairs (CropLife Canada)
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 4:20 PM
  • Kim Dayman-Rutkus, Director, Centre for Regulatory and Compliance Strategies, Regulatory Operations and Regions Branch (Health Canada)
  • Jason Flint, Director General, Policy, Communications and Regulatory Affairs Directorate, Pest Management Regulatory Agency (Health Canada)
  • Sara Neamtz, Acting Executive Director, Legislative Governance, Environmental Protection Branch (Environment Canada)
  • David Usher, Director General, Trade Negotiations (Global Affairs Canada)
Bill S-219, An Act to deter Iran-sponsored terrorism, incitement to hatred, and human rights violations
(2016-10-05) Show Briefs
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 4:21 PM
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 4:18 PM
  • George A. Lopez, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C, Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies (As an Individual)
Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 10:30 AM
  • The Honourable Irwin Cotler, Founder and Chair (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Shahram Golestaneh (Iran Democratic Association)
  • Martin Moen, Director General, North American Trade Policy and Negotiations (Global Affairs Canada)
  • David Morrison, Assistant Deputy Minister (Americas) (Global Affairs Canada)
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 4:15 PM
  • Richard Nephew, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy (Columbia University)
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 10:31 AM
  • Bijan Ahmadi, President (Iranian Canadian Congress)
  • Pouyan Tabasinejad, Policy Chair (Iranian Canadian Congress)
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 4:22 PM
  • Marina Nemat (As an Individual)
Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 10:31 AM
  • Behnam Ben Taleblu, Senior Iran Analyst (Foundation for Defence of Democracies)
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 4:17 PM
  • The Honourable Irwin Cotler, Founder and Chair (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Danny Eisen, Co-Founder (Canadian Coalition Against Terror)
  • Sheryl Saperia, Director of Policy (Canada) (Foundation for Defence of Democracies)
  • The Honourable Senator David Tkachuk, Sponsor of the Bill
Study on opportunities for strengthening cooperation with Mexico since the tabling, in June 2015, of the committee report entitled North American Neighbours: Maximizing Opportunities and Strengthening Cooperation for a more Prosperous Future
(2016-03-22)
Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 10:31 AM
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 4:18 PM
  • George A. Lopez, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C, Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies (As an Individual)
Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 10:30 AM
  • The Honourable Irwin Cotler, Founder and Chair (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Shahram Golestaneh (Iran Democratic Association)
  • Martin Moen, Director General, North American Trade Policy and Negotiations (Global Affairs Canada)
  • David Morrison, Assistant Deputy Minister (Americas) (Global Affairs Canada)
Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 10:43 AM
  • Carlo Dade, Director, Centre for Trade and Investment Policy, Senior Fellow school of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa and Senior Associate, Americas Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C. (Canada West Foundation)
Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 10:37 AM
  • Laura Dawson, Director, Canada Institute, Woodrow Wilson Centre (As an Individual)
  • Colin Robertson, Vice-President and Fellow of Canadian Global Affairs Institute and Executive Fellow, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary (Canadian Global Affairs Institute)
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 4:15 PM
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Orders of Reference

A committee’s order of reference is the Order of the Senate that authorizes it to examine a bill or to undertake a special study. Most committees require an order of reference before they can undertake such work. Three standing committees do, however, have permanent orders of reference, allowing them to undertake their work without waiting for a specific order of reference. These are the Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament (responsible for proposing amendments to the rules of the Senate, examining questions of privilege and consideration of the orders and customs of the Senate and privileges of Parliament), the Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration (responsible for the financial and administrative matters relating to the internal management of the Senate) and the Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators.