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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.

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Examine the impact of federal and provincial laws and policies governing charities, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and other similar groups; and to examine the impact of the voluntary sector in Canada
2018-01-30 Show Briefs
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 9:45 AM
Monday, April 8, 2019 at 11:08 AM
  • Sylvie Allard, Vice-President, Customer Experience (Héma-Québec)
  • Adam Aptowitzer, Lawyer, Charities and Not-for-Profits (Drache Aptowitzer LLP)
  • Jeff Boucher, Coordinator Canadian Adaptive Snowsports, CADS-NCD Edelweiss (Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing - National Capital Division)
  • Terry Anne Boyles, Co-Chair (Board Voice Society of BC)
  • W. Matthew Chater, National President and Chief Executive Officer (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada)
  • Andrew Chunilall, Chief Executive Officer (Community Foundations of Canada)
  • Dan Clement, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer (United Way Canada)
  • Karen Cooper, Legal Counsel (Drache Aptowitzer LLP)
  • Marilyne Fournier, Director General (Réseau de l’action bénévole du Québec)
  • Karine Pomilia Gauthier, National Youth Mentoring Advisory Council Member (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada)
  • Irène Langlais, Volunteer, Canadian Red Cross (Réseau de l’action bénévole du Québec)
  • Bruce MacDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer (Imagine Canada)
  • Michael Maidment, Chief Executive Officer (Ottawa Food Bank)
  • Susan Manwaring, Partner and Leader, Social Impact Group, Miller Thomson LLP (As an Individual)
  • Andrea McManus (Association of Fundraising Professionals)
  • Miville Mercier, President of the Provincial Association of Blood Donation Volunteers (Héma-Québec)
  • David Oyler (Oyler Consulting)
  • Adam Parachin, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (As an Individual)
  • Hilary Pearson, President (Philanthropic Foundations Canada)
  • Kayla Smith, Student, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor (As an Individual)
  • Paula Speevak, President and Chief Executive Officer (Volunteer Canada)
  • Bob Wyatt, Executive Director (Muttart Foundation)
Monday, April 1, 2019 at 11:01 AM
  • Roxane Brazeau-Leblond, Director, Business and Employment Income Division, Income Tax Rulings Directorate (Canada Revenue Agency)
  • Peter Clutterbuck, Senior Community Planning Consultant (Social Planning Network of Ontario)
  • Brian Emmett, Chief Economist (Imagine Canada)
  • Lorenzo Ieraci, Director General, Acquisitions Program (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
  • Sharmila Khare, Director, Policy, Planning and Legislation Division, Charities Directorate (Canada Revenue Agency)
  • Blaine Langdon, Director, Charities, Personal Income Tax Division, Tax Policy Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Pierre Leblanc, Director General, Personal Income Tax Division, Tax Policy Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Michael Lionais, Executive Director, Costing Centre of Expertise, Office of the Comptroller General of Canada (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Antonio Manconi, Director General, Charities Directorate (Canada Revenue Agency)
  • Alex Mazer, Founding Partner (CommonWealth Retirement)
  • Darryl Patterson, Director, Corporate, Insolvency and Competition Directorate (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
  • Mark Schaan, Director General, Marketplace Framework Policy Branch (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
  • Catherine Scott, Director General, Community Development and Homelessness Partnerships Directorate (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • John Shields, Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University (As an Individual)
  • Jocelyne Voisin, Director General, Youth and Skills Innovation Directorate (Employment and Social Development Canada )
Monday, March 18, 2019 at 2:00 PM
  • Zaid Al-Rawni, Chief Executive Officer (Islamic Relief Canada)
  • W. Matthew Chater, National President and Chief Executive Officer (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada)
  • The Honourable Gary Johns, Commissioner (Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission)
  • Myles McGregor-Lowndes, Professor Emeritus, Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Non-profit Studies, Queensland University of Technology (As an Individual)
  • Suzanne Parisé, Director General (Centre d’action bénévole Léonie-Bélanger)
  • Kevin Perkins, Executive Director (Farm Radio International)
  • Mike Power, Vice-President, Programming and Operations (Canada World Youth)
  • Sidney Ribaux, Co-founder and General Manager (Équiterre)
Monday, March 18, 2019 at 9:00 AM
  • Cindy Amerongen, Executive Director (Northern Lights Health Foundation)
  • Donald J. Bourgeois, Lawyer, Fogler Rubinoff LLP (As an Individual)
  • Karen Cooper, Legal Counsel (Drache Aptowitzer LLP)
  • Shimon Fogel, Chief Executive Officer (Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs)
  • Christina Franc, Executive Director (Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions)
  • Ted Garrard, Chief Executive Officer (SickKids Foundation)
  • Éric Hébert-Daly, Vice-President (Now and Forever Wild Fund)
  • Juniper Locilento, Vice-President, Public Affairs (Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Toronto Chapter)
  • John Pellowe, Chief Executive Officer (Canadian Council of Christian Charities)
  • Susan Ramsundarsingh, Course Instructor and Research Project Coordinator, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto (As an Individual)
Monday, February 25, 2019 at 12:02 PM
  • Mustafa Alio, Co-Founder and Development Director (Jumpstart - Refugee Talent)
  • Arthur Chan, Founder and President (D2D Destiny Foundation)
  • Robert Cielen, Troop Section Scouter & Group Treasurer, 1st Langley Meadows (Scouts Canada)
  • Jill Clark, Manager, Communications (Rideau Hall Foundation)
  • Connie Côté, Chief Executive Officer (Health Charities Coalition of Canada)
  • Ryan Fukunaga, Executive Director (Free Geek Toronto)
  • LoriAnn Girvan, Chief Operating Officer (Artscape)
  • Melanie Hurley, Chief Executive Officer (Outside Looking In)
  • Heidi Jakop, President (Administrators of Volunteer Resources British Columbia)
  • The Right Honourable David L. Johnston, Chair (Rideau Hall Foundation)
  • Lisa Lalande, Executive Lead, Not-for-Profit Research Hub (The Mowat Centre)
  • Philip Landon, Vice President (Universities Canada)
  • David Lau, Executive Director (The Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society)
  • Arlene MacDonald, Executive Director (Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia)
  • Chris Pot, Program Director (Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp and Retreat Centre)
  • Jung-Suk (JS) Ryu, Chief Executive Officer (Indefinite Arts Centre)
  • Craig Scott, Executive Director (Ecology North)
  • Nayaelah Siddiqui, Intern (Rideau Hall Foundation)
  • Clifford L. Spyker, Associate Professor - Accounting, Mount Royal University (As an Individual)
  • Latha Sukumar, Executive Director (MCIS Language Solutions)
  • David Sutherland, Firefighter, Training Officer and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors (Lapland and District Fire Department)
  • Taralee Turner, Chief Operating Officer (Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet)
  • Vincent van Schendel, President (Le Réseau québécois en innovation sociale)
  • Debby Warren, Executive Director (Ensemble Services Greater-Grand Moncton Inc.)
Monday, December 10, 2018 at 4:03 PM
  • Susan Manwaring, Partner and Leader, Social Impact Group, Miller Thomson LLP (As an Individual)
  • Sean Moore, Principal (Advocacy School)
Monday, December 3, 2018 at 4:12 PM
  • Michèle Biss, Legal Education and Outreach Coordinator (Canada Without Poverty)
  • Karen Cooper, Member, Charities and Not-for-Profit Section (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Robert Hayhoe (As an Individual)
  • Harriett McLachlan, Deputy Director (Canada Without Poverty)
  • Hilary Pearson, President (Philanthropic Foundations Canada)
  • Gaylene Schellenberg, Lawyer, Legislation and Law Reform (Canadian Bar Association)
Monday, November 26, 2018 at 9:04 PM
  • Terrance Carter, Managing Partner, Carters Professional Corporation (As an Individual)
  • Gloria DeSantis, Assistant Professor, Founder/Facilitator, Voluntary Sector Studies Network, University of Regina (As an Individual)
Monday, November 19, 2018 at 6:30 PM
  • Mark Blumberg, Partner, Blumberg Segal LLP (As an Individual)
  • Lynn Eakin, Policy Advisor (Ontario Nonprofit Network)
  • Gordon Floyd (As an Individual)
  • Cliff Goldfarb (As an Individual)
Monday, November 5, 2018 at 6:30 PM
  • Peter Broder, Executive Director (The Pemsel Case Foundation)
  • Don McRae, Charity Researcher (As an Individual)
  • Adam Parachin, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (As an Individual)
  • King Wan, Executive Director (Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society)
Monday, October 22, 2018 at 6:31 PM
  • Joanne Cave, Social Policy Researcher (The Mowat Centre)
  • Kathryn Chan, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria (As an Individual)
  • Laird Hunter, President (The Pemsel Foundation)
  • Lisa Lalande, Executive Lead, Not-for-Profit Research Hub (The Mowat Centre)
  • Bob Wyatt, Executive Director (Muttart Foundation)
Monday, October 15, 2018 at 6:30 PM
  • Queenie Choo, Chief Executive Officer (S.U.C.C.E.S.S.)
  • Wendy Cukier, Founder and Director, Diversity Institute, Ryerson University (As an Individual)
  • Christopher Fredette, Associate Professor, Odette School of Business, University of Windsor (As an Individual)
  • Bruce Miller, Senior Philanthropic, Social Inclusion and Reconciliation Strategist, Creaddo Group (As an Individual)
  • Laura Ryser, Research Manager, Rural and Small Town Studies Program, University of Northern British Columbia (As an Individual)
Monday, October 1, 2018 at 6:34 PM
  • Raksha Manaktala Bhayana, Chief Executive Officer (Bhayana Family Foundation)
  • Jacline Nyman, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, , United Way of Canada (As an Individual)
  • Cathy Taylor, Executive Director (Ontario Nonprofit Network)
  • Cathy Winter, Program Manager, DiverseCity onBoard, Ryerson University (As an Individual)
Monday, September 24, 2018 at 6:33 PM
  • Marilyne Fournier, Director General (Réseau de l’action bénévole du Québec)
  • Craig Kielburger, Co-Founder (WE Charity)
  • Catherine Leviten-Reid, Associate Professor, Community Economic Development, Cape Breton University (As an Individual)
  • Ray Madoff, Professor, Law School, Boston College (As an Individual)
  • Teresa Marques, President and Chief Executive Officer (Rideau Hall Foundation)
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 9:05 AM
  • Carolyne Blain, Director General, Strategic Policy Sector (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
  • Tania Carnegie, Chief Impact Officer, Leader, Impact Ventures and Former Member, Social Innovation and Social Finance Steering Group (KPMG)
  • Wayne Chiu, Co-Founder (Trico Foundation)
  • Ian D. Clark, Co-Chair, Independent Blue Ribbon Panel on Grants and Contributions (As an Individual)
  • Debbie Douglas, Executive Director (Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants)
  • Stephen Huddart, President and Chief Executive Officer (The McConnell Foundation)
  • Patrick Johnston, Principal, Borealis Advisors and Former Co-Chair, Voluntary Sector Initiative (As an Individual)
  • The Honourable Senator Frances Lankin, P.C., Senator
  • Michael Lionais, Executive Director, Costing Centre of Expertise, Office of the Comptroller General of Canada (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Susan Manwaring, Partner and Leader, Social Impact (Miller Thomson LLP)
  • Susan McIsaac, Managing Director, Strategic Philanthropy (RBC Wealth Management)
  • Norman Ragetlie, Chief Executive Officer (Rural Ontario Institute)
  • Catherine Scott, Director General, Community Development and Homelessness Partnerships Directorate (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Paulette Senior, President and Chief Executive Officer (Canadian Women's Foundation)
  • Tonya Surman, Chief Executive Officer (Centre for Social Innovation)
  • Tracey Wallace, Executive Director (Northern Council for Global Cooperation)
Monday, September 17, 2018 at 9:04 AM
  • Adam Aptowitzer, Lawyer, Charities and Not-for-Profits (Drache Aptowitzer LLP)
  • Malcolm Burrows, Philanthropic Advisor (Scotia Wealth Management)
  • Philip Cho, Chair (Korean Canadian Scholarship Foundation)
  • Andrew Chunilall, Chief Executive Officer (Community Foundations of Canada)
  • Scott Decksheimer, Chair (Association of Fundraising Professionals)
  • John Hallward, Chief Executive Officer (GIV3)
  • Donald K. Johnson, Board Member, , Four Not-for-Profit Organizations in Healthcare, Education, Social Services and Arts and Culture (As an Individual)
  • Ruth MacKenzie, Chief Executive Officer (Canadian Association of Gift Planners)
  • Kevin McCort, President and Chief Executive Officer (Vancouver Foundation)
  • Andrea McManus (Association of Fundraising Professionals)
  • Krishan Mehta, Assistant Vice President, Engagement, Ryerson University (As an Individual)
  • Hilary Pearson, President (Philanthropic Foundations Canada)
  • Bill Schaper, Director, Public Policy (Imagine Canada)
  • Keith Sjögren, Managing Director, Consulting Services, Strategic Insight (As an Individual)
  • James Temple, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer (PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Canada)
Monday, June 18, 2018 at 4:10 PM
Monday, June 11, 2018 at 4:04 PM
  • Karen Hall, Director General, Social Policy, Strategic and Service Policy Branch (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Amy Jarrette, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Communications and Engagement (Correctional Service Canada)
  • Blair McMurren, Director, Social Innovation, Income Security and Social Development Branch (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Dave Metcalfe, Director General, International Assistance Operations (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Patrice Miron, Director, Citizen Engagement (Correctional Service Canada)
  • Heather Sheehy, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Service Policy Branch (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Joshua Tabah, Director General, Inclusive Growth and Governance and Innovation (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Michel Tremblay, Senior Vice President, Policy and Innovation (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)
Monday, June 4, 2018 at 4:00 PM
  • Debra Basil, Professor, Marketing, University of Lethbridge (As an Individual)
  • Brent Bauer, Director, Canada Service Corps (Service Canada)
  • Pamela Best, Assistant Director, Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division (Statistics Canada)
  • Alan Bulley, Director General, Labour Market and Social Development Program Operations (Service Canada)
  • Patric Fournier-Savard, Survey Manager and Analyst, Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division (Statistics Canada)
  • Femida Handy, Professor, University of Pennsylvania (As an Individual)
  • Paula Speevak, President and CEO (Volunteer Canada)
Monday, May 28, 2018 at 6:35 PM
  • Pamela Best, Assistant Director, Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division (Statistics Canada)
  • Patric Fournier-Savard, Survey Manager and Analyst, Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division (Statistics Canada)
  • Shachi Kurl, Executive Director (Angus Reid Institute)
  • Laura Lamb, Associate Professor, School of Business and Economics, Thompson Rivers University (As an Individual)
  • Kayla Smith, Student, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor (As an Individual)
  • Martin Turcotte, Senior Analyst, Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division (Statistics Canada)
Monday, May 7, 2018 at 6:35 PM
  • Brian Emmett, Chief Economist for Canada’s Charitable and Nonprofit Sector (Imagine Canada)
  • Matthew MacDonald, Assistant Director, National Economic Accounts Division (Statistics Canada)
  • Catherine Van Rompaey, Director, National Economic Accounts Division (Statistics Canada)
Monday, April 30, 2018 at 6:34 PM
Monday, April 23, 2018 at 6:30 PM
  • Roxane Brazeau-Leblond, Director, Business and Employment Income Division, Income Tax Rulings Directorate (Canada Revenue Agency)
  • Sharmila Khare, Director, Policy, Planning and Legislation Division, Charities Directorate (Canada Revenue Agency)
  • Blaine Langdon, Director, Charities, Personal Income Tax Division, Tax Policy Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Pierre Leblanc, Director General, Personal Income Tax Division, Tax Policy Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Antonio Manconi, Director General, Charities Directorate (Canada Revenue Agency)
Monday, April 16, 2018 at 6:30 PM
  • Peter Elson, Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Victoria (As an Individual)
  • Rachel Laforest, Associate Professor and Director, Public Administration Program, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University (As an Individual)
  • Susan Phillips, Professor and Graduate Supervisor, Philanthropy and Non-profit Leadership, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University (As an Individual)
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