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 C-383, An Act to amend the International Boundary Waters Treaty Act and the International River Improvements Act
2013-04-25
Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10:34 AM
  • Adèle Hurley, Director, Program on Water Issues (University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs)
  • Ralph Pentland, Acting Chair, Canadian Water Issues Council (University of Toronto)
  • J. Owen Saunders, Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor, Canadian Institute of Resources Law (University of Calgary)
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 4:17 PM
  • Laura Farquharson, Executive Director, Legislative Governance, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Environmental Stewardship Branch (Environment Canada)
  • Stephen Gluck, Senior Policy Analyst, U.S. Transboundary Affairs Division (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Manon N. Lalonde, Senior Project-Program Engineer, Hydrological and Climatological Services, Meteorological Service of Canada (Environment Canada)
  • Larry Miller, M.P., Sponsor of the Bill (As an Individual)
  • Martial Pagé, Director General, North America Policy Bureau (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Dean Sherratt, Legal Officer (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
Examine such issues as may arise from time to time relating to foreign relations and international trade generally
2013-04-23
Study on security conditions and economic developments in the Asia-Pacific region, the implications for Canadian policy and interests in the region, and other related matters
2013-03-25
Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM
  • Danielle Goldfarb, Associate Director, Global Commerce Centre (Conference Board of Canada)
  • Hugh Stephens, Principal (Trans-Pacific Connections)
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 4:15 PM
  • Laura Dawson, President (Dawson Strategic)
  • James Manicom, Research Fellow, Global Security (Centre for International Governance Innovation)
Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 10:30 AM
  • Simon Palamar, Researcher (Centre for International Governance Innovation)
  • Yuen Pau Woo, President and CEO (Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada)
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 4:15 PM
  • Marvin Hildebrand, Director General, Trade Negotiations Bureau (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Peter MacArthur, Director General, South, Southeast Asia and Oceania (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Peter McGovern, Assistant Deputy Minister, Investment, Innovation, Business development and Asia (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Jeff Nankivell, Regional Director General, Asia, Geographic Programs Branch (Canadian International Development Agency)
  • Cindy Termorshuizen, Acting Director General, North Asia (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Artur Wilczynski, Director General, Security and Intelligence Bureau and Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, International Security, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 4:20 PM
Revised Government Response to the fifth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade entitled: Intensifying Strategic Partnerships with the New Brazil, tabled in the Senate on May 29, 2012
2013-03-19
Government Response to the fifth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade entitled: Intensifying Strategic Partnerships with the New Brazil, tabled in the Senate on May 29, 2012
2013-03-07
Bill S-14, An Act to amend the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act
2013-02-27
Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 10:34 AM
  • Murad Al-Katib, President and CEO (Alliance Grain Traders)
  • Marcus Davies, Legal Officer - Corruption, Transnational Organised Crime, Drugs; Criminal, Security and Diplomatic Law Division (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Maria Mascaro, Legal Officer, Criminal, Security and Diplomatic Law Division (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Wendell Sanford, Director, Criminal, Security and Diplomatic Law Division (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 4:17 PM
  • Michael Osborne, Member, CBA, Anti-Corruption Team (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Tamra Thomson, Director, Legislation and Law Reform (Canadian Bar Association)
Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 10:45 AM
  • The Honourable John Baird, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Marcus Davies, Legal Officer - Corruption, Transnational Organised Crime, Drugs; Criminal, Security and Diplomatic Law Division (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Alan H. Kessel, Legal Adviser (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
Bill C-24, An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the Republic of Panama, the Agreement on the Environment between Canada and the Republic of Panama and the Agreement on Labour Cooperation between Canada and the Republic of Panama
2012-11-21
Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 10:33 AM
  • Brigitte Alepin (As an individual)
  • Ben Beachy, Research Director (Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch)
  • Alain Deneault (As an individual)
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 4:18 PM
  • Jean-Michel Laurin, Vice President, Global Business Policy (Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters)
  • His Excellency Jorge H. Miranda Corona, Ambassador (Embassy of Panama)
  • Joy Nott, President (IE Canada)
Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 11:30 AM
  • Martin Charron, Vice President, Market Access and Trade Development (Canada Pork International)
  • Michael Harvey, President (Canadian Council for the Americas)
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 5:05 PM
  • The Honourable Ed Fast, P.C., M.P., Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Pierre Bouchard, Director, Bilateral and Regional Labour Affairs (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)
  • Alain Castonguay, Senior Chief, Tax Treaties (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Mollie Johnson, Director General, Americas (Environment Canada)
  • Cameron MacKay, Director General, Asia-Pacific Trade Policy Bureau (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
Study on economic and political developments in the Republic of Turkey, their regional and global influences, the implications for Canadian interests and opportunities, and other related matters
2012-11-07
Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 10:30 AM
Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 10:32 AM
  • Bryan Henderson, Director of Professional Training and Development, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (Carleton University)
  • Gonzalo Peralta, Executive Director (Languages Canada)
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 4:22 PM
  • Murat Özdemir, Country Advisor in Canada (Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey)
  • Gönül Tol, Founding Director, Centre for Turkish Studies (Middle East Institute)
Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 10:34 AM
  • Murad Al-Katib, President and CEO (Alliance Grain Traders)
  • Marcus Davies, Legal Officer - Corruption, Transnational Organised Crime, Drugs; Criminal, Security and Diplomatic Law Division (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Maria Mascaro, Legal Officer, Criminal, Security and Diplomatic Law Division (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Wendell Sanford, Director, Criminal, Security and Diplomatic Law Division (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 5:15 PM
  • Ozan Isinak, CEO (EMCA - Emerging Markets Capital Advisory Inc.)
Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 10:35 AM
  • Mehmet N. Durmus, Executive Coordinator (Turkish Canadian Chamber of Commerce)
  • Enes Kula, Executive Director (Turkish Canadian Chamber of Commerce)
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 4:15 PM
Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 10:30 AM
  • Howard Eissenstat, Assistant Professor, Middle Eastern History, St. Lawrence University (As an individual)
  • Ahmet T. Kuru, Associate Professor of Political Science, San Diego State University and Visiting Fellow, Brookings Doha Centre (As an individual)
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 4:15 PM
  • Emiliano Alessandri, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund (As an individual)
  • Henri Barkey, Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen Professor, Department of International Relations, Lehigh University (As an individual)
Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 10:33 AM
  • Brigitte Alepin (As an individual)
  • Ben Beachy, Research Director (Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch)
  • Alain Deneault (As an individual)
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 10:30 AM
  • Robert O’Daly, Senior Editor/Economist, Western Europe (Economist Intelligence Unit)
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 4:15 PM
  • Richard Mabley, Business Development Manager (Canadian Turkish Business Council)
  • Lewis Megaw, Regional Vice President for Africa, Europe and Middle East (Export Development Canada)
  • Mike Ward, Advisor to the Board (Canadian Turkish Business Council)
  • Todd Winterhalt, Vice President, International Business Development (Export Development Canada)
Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 10:30 AM
  • Mark Bailey, Director General, Middle East and Maghreb Bureau (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Marie Gervais-Vidricaire, Director General, Stabilisation and Reconstruction Task Force (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • John Kur, Director General, Europe and Eurasia (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Jennifer May, Director, Turkey Bureau (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
Bill C-23, An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Agreement on the Environment between Canada and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Agreement on Labour Cooperation between Canada and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
2012-06-27
Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM
  • Gerald Keddy, M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Pierre Bouchard, Director, Bilateral and Regional Labour Affairs (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)
  • Ian Burney, Assistant Deputy Minister, Trade Policy and Negotiations Branch (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Michael Hart, Simon Reisman Chair in Trade Policy, Carleton University (As an individual)
  • Marvin Hildebrand, Director General, Trade Negotiations Bureau (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Bob Kirke, Executive Director (Canadian Apparel Federation)
  • Barbara Martin, Director General, Middle East and Maghreb Bureau (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Ton Zuijdwijk, General Counsel, Market Access and Trade Remedies (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
Bill S-10, An Act to implement the Convention on Cluster Munitions
2012-06-22
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 4:18 PM
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 4:17 PM
  • Earl Turcotte (As an individual)
Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 10:30 AM
  • Marc Drolet, Executive Director (Handicap International Canada)
  • Marion Libertucci, Arms Advocacy Manager (Handicap International Federation)
  • Titus Peachey, Director of Peace Education (Mennonite Central Committee (United States))
  • Allan Poston, United Nations Chief Technical Advisor, Mine Action (As an individual)
  • Virgil Wiebe, Director of Clinical Legal Education, Professor of Law (University of St. Thomas School of Law)
Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 10:30 AM
  • The Honourable Warren Allmand, P.C., O.C., Q.C., National President (World Federalist Movement - Canada)
  • Robin Collins (As an individual)
  • Walter Dorn, Chair, Department of Security and International Affairs, Canadian Forces College (As an individual)
  • Ken Epps, Senior Project Officer (Project Ploughshares)
  • Tamar Gabelnick, Policy Director (Cluster Munition Coalition)
  • Paul Hannon, Executive Director (Mines Action Canada)
  • Erin Hunt, Program Officer (Mines Action Canada)
  • Ilario Maiolo, Senior Legal Advisor (Canadian Red Cross)
  • Louis Maresca, Legal Advisor (International Committee of the Red Cross)
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 4:16 PM
  • Air Commodore (Ret'd) Dr. William H. Boothby, Associate Fellow, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (As an individual)
  • Bonnie Docherty, Senior Researcher, Arms Division, and Senior Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic (Human Rights Watch)
  • Stephen Goose, Director, Arms Division (Human Rights Watch)
  • Ken Rutherford, Director (Centre for International Stabilization and Recovery)
Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM
  • Colonel P.K. Gleeson, Deputy Judge Advocate General/Operations (DJAG/OPS), Office of the Judge Advocate General (National Defence)
  • Martin Green, Director General Policy Planning (National Defence)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Chris Penny, Directorate of International and Operational Law, Office of the Judge Advocate General (National Defence)
  • Major-General Jonathan Vance, Director of Staff, Strategic Joint Staff (National Defence)
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 4:42 PM
  • The Honourable John Baird, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Alan H. Kessel, The Legal Adviser (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • John Eric MacBride, Senior Defence Advisor (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Christopher Ram, Legal Counsel (Department of Justice)
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