Studies & Bills

Orders of Reference

An order of reference is a decision of the Senate authorizing a committee to undertake the study of an issue, bill or other matter. Most committees require an order of reference before they can undertake such work. However, three committees are empowered by the Rules of the Senate to act on their own initiative without a prior order of reference from the Senate. These are the Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament; the Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration; and the Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators.

Studies & Bills Order of Reference Session  note  note
Bill S-223, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and to enact certain other measures in order to provide assistance and protection to victims of human trafficking
2009-09-29
Monday, December 7, 2009 at 2:10 PM
  • Jennifer Coolbear, Psychologist (Hospital for Sick Children-Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN))
  • Michael Eisen, Chief Legal Officer (Microsoft)
  • Jasmine Eliav, Psychologist (Hospital for Sick Children-Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN))
  • Tanya Smith (Hospital for Sick Children-Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN))
  • Eric Stevens, Counsel, Legal Services (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Martha Vaughan, Manager, Women's Health Division, Programs Directorate (Health Canada)
  • Sarah Wells, Policy Analyst, Social Policy and Programs, Immigration Branch (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Ginette Yapety (Vigilance on the net)
Monday, November 23, 2009 at 2:00 PM
  • Shelley Cardinal, Aboriginal Advisor, Violence and Abuse Prevention Program (Canadian Red Cross)
  • The Honourable Senator Sharon Carstairs, P.C., Sponsor of the bill (Senate)
  • Les Linklater, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Program Policy (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Gigi Mandy, Director, Canada Health Act Division, Programs Directorate (Health Canada)
  • Lianna McDonald, Executive Director (Canadian Centre for Child Protection)
  • Eric Stevens, Counsel, Legal Services (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Martha Vaughan, Manager, Women's Health Division, Programs Directorate (Health Canada)
Examine the issue of the sexual exploitation of children in Canada, with a particular emphasis on understanding the scope and prevalence of the problem of the sexual exploitation of children across the country and in particularly affected communities
2009-06-22
Monday, December 7, 2009 at 2:10 PM
  • Jennifer Coolbear, Psychologist (Hospital for Sick Children-Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN))
  • Michael Eisen, Chief Legal Officer (Microsoft)
  • Jasmine Eliav, Psychologist (Hospital for Sick Children-Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN))
  • Tanya Smith (Hospital for Sick Children-Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN))
  • Eric Stevens, Counsel, Legal Services (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Martha Vaughan, Manager, Women's Health Division, Programs Directorate (Health Canada)
  • Sarah Wells, Policy Analyst, Social Policy and Programs, Immigration Branch (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Ginette Yapety (Vigilance on the net)
Monday, November 30, 2009 at 2:00 PM
  • Cecilia Benoit, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Victoria (As an individual)
  • Richard Estes, Professor and Chair, Social Economic Development, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania (As an individual)
  • Mark Erik Hecht, Co-founder (Beyond Borders)
  • Glori Meldrum, Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors (Little Warriors)
  • Jacques Moïse, Coordinator (Projet d’Intervention auprès des mineurs-res prostitués-ées)
Monday, November 23, 2009 at 2:00 PM
  • Shelley Cardinal, Aboriginal Advisor, Violence and Abuse Prevention Program (Canadian Red Cross)
  • The Honourable Senator Sharon Carstairs, P.C., Sponsor of the bill (Senate)
  • Les Linklater, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Program Policy (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Gigi Mandy, Director, Canada Health Act Division, Programs Directorate (Health Canada)
  • Lianna McDonald, Executive Director (Canadian Centre for Child Protection)
  • Eric Stevens, Counsel, Legal Services (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Martha Vaughan, Manager, Women's Health Division, Programs Directorate (Health Canada)
Monday, November 2, 2009 at 2:07 PM
  • Michael Maidment, Area Director, Public Relations and Development, Federal Government Liaison Officer (Salvation Army)
  • Benjamin Perrin, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia (As an individual)
  • Steve Sullivan, Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime (Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime)
  • Joanne Taché, Director (Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime)
Monday, October 26, 2009 at 2:06 PM
  • Lynn Barr-Telford, Director, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director (First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada)
  • Clément Chartier, President (Métis National Council)
  • Bernice Cyr, Chief Executive Officer (Métis Child and Family Services)
  • Mia Dauvergne, Senior Analyst, Policing Services Program, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Craig Grimes, Unit Head, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (Statistics Canada)
  • Deborah Tagornak, Manager, Abuse Issues (Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada)
Monday, October 19, 2009 at 2:05 PM
  • Jackie Anderson (Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre)
  • Debbie Cumby (Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre)
  • Peter Dinsdale, Executive Director (National Association of Friendship Centres)
  • Kim Pate, Executive Director (Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies)
  • The Honourable Landon Pearson (Landon Pearson Resource Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children's Rights)
  • Jane Runner (Canadian National Coalition of Experiential Women)
Monday, October 5, 2009 at 2:07 PM
  • John Gordon, Director, Urban Aboriginal Strategy, Office of the Federal Interlocutor (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Sarah Hunt (As an individual)
  • Kathleen McHugh, Chair, Women's Council (Assembly of First Nations)
  • Line Paré, Director General, External Relations & Gender Issues Branch (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Mary Quinn, Director General, Social Policy & Programs Branch (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Sylvain Segard, Director General, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Branch (Public Health Agency of Canada)
  • Kelly Stone, Director, Division of Childhood and Adolescence, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Branch (Public Health Agency of Canada)
  • Kathy Vandergrift, Chair (Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children)
  • Erin Wolski, Health Director (Native Women's Association of Canada)
Monday, September 28, 2009 at 2:05 PM
  • Superintendent Michel Aubin, Director, Immigration and Passport Program (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Superintendent John Bilinski, Officer in Charge, Canadian Police Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Catherine Kane, Acting Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice)
  • Camille Karbassi, Program Manager, Child Trafficking (International Bureau for Children's Rights)
  • Barry MacKillop, Director General, Law Enforcement and Border Strategies (Public Safety Canada)
  • Sue McIntyre, Founder (Hindsight Group)
  • Carole Morency, Acting General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice)
  • Gordon Phaneuf, Director of Strategic Initiatives (Child Welfare League of Canada)
  • Nadja Pollaert, Director General (International Bureau for Children's Rights)
  • Lisa Wolff, Director, Advocacy and Education (UNICEF Canada)
Examine the following elements contained in Bill C-10, the Budget Implementation Act, 2009 : those elements dealing with equitable compensation (Part 11)
2009-03-12
Monday, June 8, 2009 at 6:32 PM
  • Akim Adé Larcher, Director of Policy and Research (EGALE Canada)
  • Patty Ducharme, National Vice-President (Public Service Alliance of Canada)
  • Eduardo Gonzalez, Deputy Director, Americas (International Centre for Transitional Justice)
  • Donna Miller, Associate Deputy Minister (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Allison Pilon, Human Rights/Employment Equity Officer (Public Service Alliance of Canada)
  • Joan Pratt, A/Director General, Human Resources and Professional Development Directorate (Department of Justice Canada)
  • John Sims, Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada (Department of Justice Canada)
Monday, May 25, 2009 at 6:30 PM
  • Dan Danagher, Executive Director, Program Integrity, Labour Relations & Compensation Operations (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Patty Ducharme, National Vice-President (Public Service Alliance of Canada)
  • Geoffrey Grenville-Wood, General Counsel (Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada)
  • Milt Isaacs, President and Chair of the Board of Directors (Association of Canadian Financial Officers)
  • Hélène Laurendeau, Assistant Secretary, Labour Relations and Compensation Operations (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Daphne Taras, Professor of Labour Relations, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary (As an individual)
Monday, May 11, 2009 at 6:35 PM
  • Gina Cosentino, Senior Advisor, Government Relations & International Affairs, National Chief's Office (Assembly of First Nations)
  • John Farrell, Executive Director (Federally Regulated Employers - Transportation and Communication (FETCO))
  • Ian Fine, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Dispute Resolution Branch (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Fiona Keith, Counsel, Dispute Resolution Branch (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Wilton Littlechild, AFN Regional Chief (Treaties 6, 7, 8) (Assembly of First Nations)
  • David Olsen, Assistant General Counsel, Legal Affairs, Canada Post Corporation (Federally Regulated Employers - Transportation and Communication (FETCO))
Invite the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs concerning the recommendations contained in the Committee’s report entitled "A Hard Bed to lie in: Matrimonial Real Property on Reserve", tabled in the Senate November 4, 2003
2009-03-04
Issues of discrimination in the hiring and promotion practices of the Federal Public Service, to study the extent to which targets to achieve employment equity are being met, and to examine labour market outcomes for minority groups in the private sector
2009-03-04
Monday, June 8, 2009 at 6:32 PM
  • Akim Adé Larcher, Director of Policy and Research (EGALE Canada)
  • Patty Ducharme, National Vice-President (Public Service Alliance of Canada)
  • Eduardo Gonzalez, Deputy Director, Americas (International Centre for Transitional Justice)
  • Donna Miller, Associate Deputy Minister (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Allison Pilon, Human Rights/Employment Equity Officer (Public Service Alliance of Canada)
  • Joan Pratt, A/Director General, Human Resources and Professional Development Directorate (Department of Justice Canada)
  • John Sims, Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada (Department of Justice Canada)
Monday, April 27, 2009 at 6:34 PM
  • Michelle d'Auray, Chief Human Resources Officer (Treasury Board of Canada - Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer)
  • Ellen Gabriel, President (Quebec Native Women)
  • Beverley Jacobs, President (Native Women's Association of Canada)
  • Paul Joffe, Legal Counsel (Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee))
  • Marc O'Sullivan, A/Senior Vice President, Workforce and Workplace Renewal (Treasury Board of Canada - Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer)
  • Jennifer Preston, Programme Coordinator, Aboriginal Affairs (Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers))
  • Romeo Saganash, Director, Quebec Relations and International Affairs (Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee))
Monday, April 20, 2009 at 6:34 PM
  • Nancy Baroni, Program Director (Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA))
  • Steve Estey, Chair, International Development Committee (Council of Canadians with Disabilities)
  • Marcel Kabundi, Chair of the NCVM Committee at the Correctional Service of Canada (National Council of Visible Minorities in the Federal Public Service (NCVM))
  • Waheed Khan, Member of the Visible Minority Advisory Committee at Environment Canada (National Council of Visible Minorities in the Federal Public Service (NCVM))
  • Catherine Kizito, Chief Administrative Officer (National Council of Visible Minorities in the Federal Public Service (NCVM))
  • Igho Natufe, President (National Council of Visible Minorities in the Federal Public Service (NCVM))
  • Bruce Porter, Executive Director (Social Rights Advocacy Centre)
  • Kathy Vandergrift, Chair (Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children)
Monday, March 23, 2009 at 6:35 PM
  • Jane Badets, Director, Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division (Statistics Canada)
  • Maria Barrados, President (Public Service Commission of Canada)
  • Geoff Bowlby, Director, Labour Statistics Division (Statistics Canada)
  • Tina Chui, Chief, Immigration and Ethno-cultural Analysis, Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division (Statistics Canada)
  • Paula Green, Director General, Equity and Diversity (Public Service Commission of Canada)
  • Donald Lemaire, Senior Vice-President, Policy Branch (Public Service Commission of Canada)
Monitor issues relating to human rights and, inter alia, to review the machinery of government dealing with Canada’s international and national human rights obligations
2009-03-04
Monday, December 7, 2009 at 2:10 PM
  • Jennifer Coolbear, Psychologist (Hospital for Sick Children-Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN))
  • Michael Eisen, Chief Legal Officer (Microsoft)
  • Jasmine Eliav, Psychologist (Hospital for Sick Children-Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN))
  • Tanya Smith (Hospital for Sick Children-Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN))
  • Eric Stevens, Counsel, Legal Services (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Martha Vaughan, Manager, Women's Health Division, Programs Directorate (Health Canada)
  • Sarah Wells, Policy Analyst, Social Policy and Programs, Immigration Branch (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Ginette Yapety (Vigilance on the net)
Monday, November 30, 2009 at 10:12 AM
  • Linda Dale, Executive Director (Children/Youth as Peacebuilders)
  • Carla Koppell, Director, Institute for Inclusive Security (Hunt Alternatives Fund)
  • Rachel Mayanja, Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (United Nations)
  • Kevin McCort, Chief Executive Officer (CARE Canada)
  • Rebecca Wolsak (Inter Pares)
Monday, October 26, 2009 at 10:00 AM
  • Janis Alton, Past Chair (Voice of Women for Peace)
  • David Haeri, Chief, Peacekeeping Best Practices Section, Department of Peacekeeping Operations (United Nations)
  • Isabelle Solon-Helal, Women's Rights Programme Officer and Coordinator of the Coalition for Women's Human Rights in Conflict Situations (Rights and Democracy)
  • Fernanda Tavares, Senior Gender Advisor (United Nations)
  • Kathryn White, Executive Director (United Nations Association in Canada)
  • Michael Wodzicki, Deputy Director of Programmes (Rights and Democracy)
Monday, October 19, 2009 at 10:08 AM
  • Colleen Duggan, Senior Program Specialist (International Development Research Centre)
  • Anne-Marie Goetz, Chief Advisor, Governance Peace and Security (UNIFEM)
  • Colonel Bernd Horn, Chief of Staff, Land Force Doctrine and Training System (National Defence)
  • Ann Livingstone, Vice-President, Research and Education (Pearson Peacekeeping Centre)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Perry Poirier, Commandant, Peace Support Training Centre (National Defence)
Monday, September 14, 2009 at 2:08 PM
  • David Angell, Director General, International Organizations Bureau (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Tanja Bergen, Research Assistant to Dr. Erin Baines, Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia (As an individual)
  • Chief Superintendent Barbara Fleury, Director General, International Policing (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Elissa Golberg, Director General, Stabilization & Reconstruction Task Force Secretariat (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Jim Junke, Director, Human Rights Policy Division (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Nadia Kostiuk, Regional Director General, Southern and Eastern Africa Directorate (Canadian International Development Agency)
  • Kate McInturff, Coordinator, Gender and Peacebuilding Working Group (Peacebuild)
  • Lindsay Mossman, Campaigner, Women's Human Rights (Amnesty International Canada)
  • Jennifer Salahub, Researcher, Conflict Prevention Program (North-South Institute)
  • Surendrini Wijeyaratne, Policy Analyst, Peace-building and Humanitarian Response (Canadian Council for International Cooperation)
Monday, June 8, 2009 at 6:32 PM
  • Akim Adé Larcher, Director of Policy and Research (EGALE Canada)
  • Patty Ducharme, National Vice-President (Public Service Alliance of Canada)
  • Eduardo Gonzalez, Deputy Director, Americas (International Centre for Transitional Justice)
  • Donna Miller, Associate Deputy Minister (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Allison Pilon, Human Rights/Employment Equity Officer (Public Service Alliance of Canada)
  • Joan Pratt, A/Director General, Human Resources and Professional Development Directorate (Department of Justice Canada)
  • John Sims, Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada (Department of Justice Canada)
Monday, May 25, 2009 at 6:30 PM
  • Dan Danagher, Executive Director, Program Integrity, Labour Relations & Compensation Operations (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Patty Ducharme, National Vice-President (Public Service Alliance of Canada)
  • Geoffrey Grenville-Wood, General Counsel (Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada)
  • Milt Isaacs, President and Chair of the Board of Directors (Association of Canadian Financial Officers)
  • Hélène Laurendeau, Assistant Secretary, Labour Relations and Compensation Operations (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Daphne Taras, Professor of Labour Relations, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary (As an individual)
Monday, May 11, 2009 at 6:35 PM
  • Gina Cosentino, Senior Advisor, Government Relations & International Affairs, National Chief's Office (Assembly of First Nations)
  • John Farrell, Executive Director (Federally Regulated Employers - Transportation and Communication (FETCO))
  • Ian Fine, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Dispute Resolution Branch (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Fiona Keith, Counsel, Dispute Resolution Branch (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Wilton Littlechild, AFN Regional Chief (Treaties 6, 7, 8) (Assembly of First Nations)
  • David Olsen, Assistant General Counsel, Legal Affairs, Canada Post Corporation (Federally Regulated Employers - Transportation and Communication (FETCO))
Monday, April 27, 2009 at 6:34 PM
  • Michelle d'Auray, Chief Human Resources Officer (Treasury Board of Canada - Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer)
  • Ellen Gabriel, President (Quebec Native Women)
  • Beverley Jacobs, President (Native Women's Association of Canada)
  • Paul Joffe, Legal Counsel (Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee))
  • Marc O'Sullivan, A/Senior Vice President, Workforce and Workplace Renewal (Treasury Board of Canada - Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer)
  • Jennifer Preston, Programme Coordinator, Aboriginal Affairs (Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers))
  • Romeo Saganash, Director, Quebec Relations and International Affairs (Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee))
Monday, April 20, 2009 at 6:34 PM
  • Nancy Baroni, Program Director (Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA))
  • Steve Estey, Chair, International Development Committee (Council of Canadians with Disabilities)
  • Marcel Kabundi, Chair of the NCVM Committee at the Correctional Service of Canada (National Council of Visible Minorities in the Federal Public Service (NCVM))
  • Waheed Khan, Member of the Visible Minority Advisory Committee at Environment Canada (National Council of Visible Minorities in the Federal Public Service (NCVM))
  • Catherine Kizito, Chief Administrative Officer (National Council of Visible Minorities in the Federal Public Service (NCVM))
  • Igho Natufe, President (National Council of Visible Minorities in the Federal Public Service (NCVM))
  • Bruce Porter, Executive Director (Social Rights Advocacy Centre)
  • Kathy Vandergrift, Chair (Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children)
Monday, March 30, 2009 at 6:30 PM
  • Rémy M. Beauregard, President (Rights and Democracy)
  • Lyn Elliot Sherwood, Executive Director, Heritage (Canadian Heritage)
  • Leilani Farha, Executive Director (Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation)
  • Diane Fulford, Assistant Deputy Minister, Citizenship and Heritage (Canadian Heritage)
  • France-Isabelle Langlois, Assistant Director (Rights and Democracy)
  • Alex Neve, Secretary General (Amnesty International Canada)
  • John Sims, Deputy Minister (Department of Justice Canada)
Monitor the implementation of recommendations contained in the Committee’s report entitled Children: The Silenced Citizens: Effective Implementation of Canada’s International Obligations with Respect to the Rights of Children, tabled in the Senate on April 25, 2007
2009-03-04
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 3:32 PM
  • Hon. Robert Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Gillian Blackell, Senior Counsel, Coordonator, Children's Law and Family Violence Policy Unit (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Elisabeth Eid, Director General and Senior Counsel, Human Rights Law Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Paula Kingston, Senior Counsel, Youth Justice, Strategic Initiatives and Law Reform (Department of Justice Canada)
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