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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.

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Studies & Bills Date Referred  note  note
Study on increasing incidence of obesity in Canada
(2016-01-26)
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 4:53 PM
Study on mandate letters of various ministers
(2016-02-23)
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 4:24 PM
  • The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P., Minister of Health (Health Canada)
  • Dr. Alain Beaudet, President (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research )
  • Kimberly Elmslie, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Paul Glover, President (Canadian Food Inspection Agency)
  • Simon Kennedy, Deputy Minister (Health Canada)
  • Dr. Gregory Taylor, Chief Public Health Officer (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada)
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 4:25 PM
  • The Honourable Navdeep Bains, P.C., M.P., Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
  • The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, P.C., M.P., Minister of Science and Sport (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
  • John Knubley, Deputy Minister (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
Study on the issue of dementia in our society
(2016-02-23) Show Briefs
Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 10:30 AM
Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 10:32 AM
Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 10:30 AM
  • David Berry, Policy Officer, Dementia Policy Unit (Government of Scotland (Edinburgh))
  • Dr. Ronald C. Petersen, Chair, Advisory Council on Research, Care and Services for the US National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease (As an Individual)
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 4:17 PM
  • Phyllis Fehr, Board Member (Ontario Dementia Advisory Group (ODAG))
  • Bill Heibein, Board Member (Ontario Dementia Advisory Group (ODAG))
  • Bea Kraayenhof, Board Member (Ontario Dementia Advisory Group (ODAG))
  • Mary Beth Wighton, Board Member (Ontario Dementia Advisory Group (ODAG))
Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 10:30 AM
  • Ken McGeorge, Acting Executive Director (Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick)
  • Dr. Frank Molnar, Vice-President, Canadian Geriatrics Society (As an Individual)
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 4:15 PM
  • Angus Campbell, Executive Director (Caregivers Nova Scotia)
  • Katherine McGilton, Senior Scientist, Associate Professor, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - University Health Network (As an Individual)
  • Dr. William E. Reichman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Baycrest Health Sciences (HealthCareCAN)
Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 10:30 AM
  • Candace Chartier, Chief Executive Officer (Ontario Long Term Care Association)
  • Louise Hanvey, Project Manager (Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association)
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 4:17 PM
  • Laurie Johnston, Chief Executive Officer (Ontario Retirement Communities Association)
  • Irene Martin-Lindsay, Executive Director (Alberta Seniors Communities & Housing Association (ASCHA))
Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 10:30 AM
  • Nadine Henningsen, Executive Director (Canadian Home Care Association)
  • Susan May, National Director, GE Healthcare (Canadian Home Care Association)
  • Jo-Anne Poirier, President and CEO (VON Canada)
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 4:17 PM
  • Isadore Day, National Health Portfolio Holder, AFN Regional Chief, Ontario (Assembly of First Nations)
  • Dr. Andrew Kirk, Professor and Head, Division of Neurology, University of Saskatchewan, Rural Dementia Action Research Network (RaDAR) (As an Individual)
  • Norma Rabbitskin, Senior Health Nurse, Sturgeon Lake First Nation Health Centre (Assembly of First Nations)
  • Wayne Warry, Director, Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research, Laurentian University (As an Individual)
Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 10:31 AM
  • Marc Wortmann, Executive Director (Alzheimer's Disease International)
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 4:21 PM
  • Veronique Boscart, President (Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association)
  • Dr. Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard, Professor (Canadian Association on Gerontology)
  • Dr. Marie-France Tourigny-Rivard, Geriatric Psychiatrist and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Geriatric psychiatry, Ottawa University (Canadian Academy of Geriatric psychiatry)
Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 10:30 AM
  • Dr. Francine Lemire, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (College of Family Physicians of Canada)
  • Dr. Frank Molnar, Vice-President, Canadian Geriatrics Society (As an Individual)
  • Carolyn Pullen, Director, Policy, Advocacy and Strategy (Canadian Nurses Association)
  • Dr. Chris Simpson, Past President (Canadian Medical Association)
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 4:15 PM
  • Mimi Lowi-Young, Chief Executive Officer (Alzheimer Society of Canada)
  • Lynn Posluns, Founder and President (Women's Brain Health Initiative)
  • Bonnie Schroeder, Executive Director (Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health)
Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 10:30 AM
  • Dr. Shekhar Saxena, Director, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (World Health Organization)
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 4:39 PM
  • Rodney Ghali, Director General, Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Dr. Yves Joanette, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Aging, Chair of the World Dementia Council (Canadian Institutes of Health Research)
The subject matter of those elements contained in Division 12 of Part 4 of Bill C-15, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2016 and other measures
(2016-05-03)
Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 10:30 AM
  • Judith Andrew, Commissioner for Employers (Canada Employment Insurance Commission )
  • Charles Côté, Advisor of the Commissioner (Employers) (Canada Employment Insurance Commission )
  • Michael Mendelson, Senior Scholar (Caledon Institute of Social Policy)
  • Annette Ryan, Director General, Employment Insurance Policy, Skills and Employment Branch (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Trevor Tombe, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Calgary (As an Individual)
  • Janique Venne, Director, Policy Analysis and Initiatives (Employment and Social Development Canada )
Government response to the Second Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs Science and Technology, entitled: "The increasing incidence of obesity in Canada: causes, consequences and the way forward", tabled during the Second Session of the Forty-first Parliament
(2016-08-05)
Bill S-211, An Act respecting National Sickle Cell Awareness Day
(2016-09-28)
Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 10:30 AM
  • The Honourable Senator Jane Cordy (Sponsor of the bill)
  • Lanre Tunji-Ajayi, President and Director General (Sickle Cell Disease Association of Canada)
Study on the role of robotics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence in the healthcare system
(2016-10-25) Show Briefs
Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 10:32 AM
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 4:16 PM
Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 10:31 AM
  • Peter Bak, Chief Information Officer (Humber River Hospital)
  • Barbara Collins, President and CEO (Humber River Hospital)
  • Dr. Ivar Mendez, Chair of Surgery, University of Saskatchewan (As an Individual)
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 4:15 PM
  • Charles Deguire, Co-Founder and President (Kinova Robotics)
  • Mike Monteith, Representative, Co-Founder and CEO, Thoughtwire (Council of Canadian Innovators)
Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 10:31 AM
  • AJung Moon, Founder (Open Roboethics Institute)
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 4:15 PM
  • Yoshua Bengio, Director, Professor, University of Montreal (Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms)
  • Martin Ferguson-Pell, Professor, University of Alberta (As an Individual)
Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 10:33 AM
  • Subbarao Kambhampati, Professor, Arizona State University (Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence)
  • Reinhard Lafrenz, Secretary General, euRobotics (SPARC (Partnership for Robotics in Europe))
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 4:21 PM
  • Dr. Alan Bernstein, President and Chief Executive Officer (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research )
  • Dr. Christopher Schlachta, Medical Director, Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics (CSTAR) (As an Individual)
Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 10:30 AM
  • Dr. Mehran Anvari, Scientific Director (Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation)
  • Alex Mihailidis, Scientific Director and Associate Professor (AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence Inc.)
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 4:15 PM
  • Matt Ratto, Associate Professor, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto (As an Individual)
  • Konrad Walus, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia (As an Individual)
  • Dr. Julielynn Wong, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (3D4MD)
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 10:31 AM
  • Joelle Pineau, Associate Professor, Centre for Intelligent Machines, McGill University (As an Individual)
  • Daniel L. Silver, Professor, Director, Acadia Institute for Data Analytics, Acadia University (As an Individual)
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 4:16 PM
  • Goldie Nejat, Director of the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics, Canada Research Chair in Robots for Society (As an Individual)
  • Dr. Garnette Sutherland, Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Calgary (As an Individual)
Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 10:30 AM
  • Bertalan Mesko, Medical Futurist (As an Individual)
  • Abishur Prakash, Geopolitical Futurist (Center for Innovating the Future)
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 4:15 PM
  • Jane E. Aubin, Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President, Research, Knowledge Translation and Ethics (Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR),)
  • Robert Diraddo, Section Head Simulation & Digital Health, Medical Devices (National Research Council Canada)
  • Bettina Hamelin, Vice President, Research Partnerships (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada)
  • Pamela Moss, Director, Manufacturing, Communications and Technologies (MCT), Research Partnerships (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada)
  • Dr. Roman Szumski, Vice President, Life Sciences (National Research Council Canada)
The subject matter of those elements contained in Division 1 and 2 of Part 4 of Bill C-29, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2016 and other measures
(2016-11-22)
Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 10:34 AM
  • Nathalie Martel, Director, Old Age Security Policy, Income Security and Social Development Branch (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Annette Ryan, Director General, Employment Insurance Policy, Skills and Employment Branch (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Janique Venne, Director, Policy Analysis and Initiatives (Employment and Social Development Canada )
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 4:18 PM
  • David Gray, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • Megan Hooft, Deputy Director (Canada Without Poverty)
Bill C-26, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Act and the Income Tax Act
(2016-12-05)
Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 10:30 AM
  • Herb John, President (National Pensioners Federation)
  • Alexandre Laurin, Director of Research (C.D. Howe Institute)
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 4:15 PM
  • Mark Janson, Senior Pensions Officer, National Office (Canadian Union of Public Employees)
  • Monique Moreau, Vice President, National Affairs (Canadian Federation of Independent Business)
  • Chris Roberts, Director, Social and Economic Policy (Canadian Labour Congress)
  • Hassan Yussuff, President (Canadian Labour Congress)
  • Yves-Thomas Dorval, President and Chief Executive Officer (Quebec Employers Council)
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 2:17 PM
  • The Honourable Bill Morneau, P.C., M.P., Minister of Finance (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Jean-Claude Ménard, Chief Actuary, Office of the Chief Actuary (Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada)
  • Glenn Purves, General Director, Federal-Provincial Relations and Social Policy Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
Bill S-228, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (prohibiting food and beverage marketing directed at children)
(2016-12-05) Show Briefs
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 4:15 PM
  • Dino Covone, Manager of Policy Development, Office of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Health Products and Food Branch (Health Canada)
  • David K. Lee, Executive Advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Products and Food Branch (Health Canada)
  • Saskia Ramsay, Manager of Policy and Issues, Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion Directorate (Health Canada)
Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 10:30 AM
  • Jim Goetz, President (Canadian Beverage Association)
  • David Lefebvre, Vice President, Federal & Quebec (Restaurants Canada)
  • Joyce Reynolds, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs (Restaurants Canada)
  • Michelle Saunders, Vice President, Provincial & Territorial Affairs (Food & Consumer Products of Canada)
  • Byron Shaw, Counsel, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP (Food & Consumer Products of Canada)
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 4:15 PM
  • Nicole Bellam, Vice President, Ad Standards Clearance Services (Advertising Standards Canada)
  • Sylvie Courtemanche, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Government Relations and Compliance (Corus Entertainment Inc.)
  • Janet Feasby, Vice President, Standards (Advertising Standards Canada)
  • Simone Sammut, Senior Manager, Internal Programming, Policy & Government Relations, Law Department (Corus Entertainment Inc.)
Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 10:30 AM
  • Manuel Arango, Director, Health Policy and Advocacy (Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada)
  • Dr. Tom Warshawski, President and Chief Executive Officer (Childhood Obesity Foundation)
  • Russell Williams, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy (Diabetes Canada)
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 4:16 PM
  • Bill Jeffery, Executive Director (Centre for Health Science and Law)
  • Mary L'Abbe, Earle W. McHenry Professor and Chair, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (As an Individual)
  • Monique Potvin Kent, Assistant Professor, School of Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 10:30 AM
  • The Honourable Robert Nicholson, P.C., M.P., Niagara Falls, Co-sponsor of the bill
  • Robert Oliphant, M.P., Don Valley West, Co-sponsor of the bill
  • The Honourable Senator Nancy Greene Raine, Sponsor of the bill
  • Pauline Tardif, Chief Executive Officer (Alzheimer Society of Canada)
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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.