Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

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
Examine and report on issues relating to social affairs, science and technology generally
(2017-12-14) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 10:30 AM
  • Derek Ballantyne, Managing Partner (Newmarket Funds)
  • Christine Bergeron, Vice President, Impact Investment (Vancity)
  • Jane Bisbee, Executive Director (Social Enterprise Fund)
  • Duncan Farthing-Nichol, Manager, Research and Advisory (MaRS Centre for Impact Investing)
  • Hilary Pearson, President (Philanthropic Foundations Canada)
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 4:18 PM
  • Rosemary Addis, Chair and Executive Director, Impact Strategist (Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing)
  • Marie J. Bouchard, full professor, Université du Québec à Montréal (As an Individual)
  • Antony Bugg-Levine, President (Nonprofit Finance Fund)
  • Stephen Huddart, President and Chief Executive Officer (The McConnell Foundation)
  • James Tansey, Executive Director (Centre for Social Innovation and Impact Investing)
Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 10:30 AM
  • The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, P.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue (Canada Revenue Agency)
  • Nancy Chahwan, Deputy Commissioner (Canada Revenue Agency)
  • Pierre Leblanc, Director General, Personal Income Tax Division, Tax Policy Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Lesley Taylor, Director, Social Tax Policy (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Frank Vermaeten, Assistant Commissioner and co-chair of the Disability Advisory Committee (Canada Revenue Agency)
  • Krista Wilcox, Director General, Office for Disability Issues (Employment and Social Development Canada )
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 4:20 PM
  • Al Etmanski, Ashoka Fellow, Community Organizer and Social Innovator (As an Individual)
  • Brendon Pooran, Senior Advisor (Canadian Association for Community Living)
  • David Prowten, President and Chief Executive Officer (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)
  • Patrick Tohill, Director of Government Relations (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)
Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 10:30 AM
  • Lembi Buchanan, Past Co-chair (Disability Tax Fairness Alliance)
  • Dermot Cleary, Board Chair (Autism Canada)
  • Karen Cohen, Chief Executive Officer (Canadian Psychological Association)
  • Benjamin Davis, National Vice-President, Government Relations and President, Atlantic Division (Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada)
  • Kimberley Hanson, Director, Federal Affairs (Diabetes Canada)
  • Michael Mendelson, Maytree Fellow (The Maytree Foundation)
Bill C-311, An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day)
(2017-11-28) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 4:32 PM
  • Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament, West Nova, Sponsor of the bill
  • Marie-Lise Julien, Legal Counsel (Canadian Heritage)
  • Denis Racine, Director General, Major Events, Commemorations and Capital Experience (Canadian Heritage)
  • Brad White, Dominion Secretary (Royal Canadian Legion)
Bill C-36, An Act to amend the Statistics Act
(2017-11-09)
Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 10:30 AM
  • Andrée Desaulniers, Senior Analyst, Information Management Division (Statistics Canada)
  • John Pullinger, UK National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority (UK Statistics Authority)
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 4:15 PM
  • Mel Cappe, Professor in the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto, former Clerk of the Privy Council (As an Individual)
  • Philip Cross, Senior Fellow, Macdonald Laurier Institute (As an Individual)
  • Chad Gaffield, Distinguished University Professor, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • Ian McKinnon, Chair (National Statistics Council)
  • Bill Waiser, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Saskatchewan (As an Individual)
Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 10:31 AM
  • Ivan Fellegi, Former Chief Statistician of Canada (As an Individual)
  • Sarah Paquet, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategy (Shared Services Canada)
  • Ron Parker, President (Shared Services Canada)
  • Wayne Smith, Former Chief Statistician of Canada (As an Individual)
  • Raj Thuppal, Assistant Deputy Minister, Networks and End Users (Shared Services Canada)
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 4:18 PM
  • The Honourable Navdeep Bains, P.C., M.P., Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
  • Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada (Statistics Canada)
  • Andrée Desaulniers, Senior Analyst, Information Management Division (Statistics Canada)
  • John Knubley, Deputy Minister (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
Bill C-277, An Act providing for the development of a framework on palliative care in Canada
(2017-09-26) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 10:30 AM
  • The Honourable Tobias C. Jr. Enverga, sponsor of the bill
  • The Honourable Senator Rosa Galvez, Senator
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 5:15 PM
  • Shawn Chirrey, Senior Manager (Canadian Cancer Society)
  • Kelly Masotti, Director, Public Issues (Canadian Cancer Society)
  • Pauline Tardif, Chief Executive Officer (Alzheimer Society of Canada)
Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 10:30 AM
  • Candace Chartier, Executive Chair (Ontario Long Term Care Association)
  • Dr. J. David Henderson, President (Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians)
  • Jennifer Kitts, Director of Policy and Strategy (HealthCareCAN)
  • Dr. Frank Molnar, President (Canadian Geriatrics Society)
  • Carolyn Pullen, Director, Policy, Advocacy and Strategy (Canadian Nurses Association)
  • Dr. Jill Rice, Interim Medical Chief, Department of Palliative Medicine, Bruyère Continuing Care (HealthCareCAN)
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 4:16 PM
  • Sharon Baxter, Executive Director (Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association)
  • Marilyn Gladu, Member of Parliament for Sarnia-Lambton, sponsor of the bill
  • Dr. Jose Pereira, Scientific Officer (Pallium Canada)
  • Gerald Savoie, Board Chair (Pallium Canada)
Bill S-234, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (Parliamentary Artist Laureate)
(2017-06-08)
Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 10:31 AM
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 4:16 PM
  • The Honourable Senator Patricia Bovey, sponsor of the bill (As an Individual)
  • Joanne Larocque-Poirier, Chief of Staff and Corporate Secretary (Canada Council for the Arts)
  • The Honourable Wilfred P. Moore, former senator (As an Individual)
The subject matter of those elements contained in Divisions 5, 9, 11, 13, 14 and 16 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) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 3:00 PM
  • Marie-Pier Côté, Assistant Director, Express Entry, Strategic Policy and Planning (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
  • Matt De Vlieger, Acting Director General, Strategic Policy and Planning (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
  • Victoria Henderson, Assistant Director, CFO Attestation Unit, Cost Management (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
  • Karine Paré, Executive Director, Cost Management (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
  • Vincent Wong, Acting Clinic Director (Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic)
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 2:15 PM
  • Dale Clement, Board Member (Canadian Home Care Association)
  • Omar Rajabali, Chief, Canada Health Transfer (CHT), the Canada Social Transfer (CST) and Northern Policy, Federal-Provincial Relations and Social Policy Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Marcel Saulnier, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Care Strategies Directorate, Strategic Policy Branch (Health Canada)
  • Patrick Smith, National Chief Executive Officer (Canadian Mental Health Association)
  • Jocelyne Voisin, Executive Director, Health Accord Secretariat, Strategic Policy Branch (Health Canada)
Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 2:14 PM
  • Judith Andrew, Commissioner for Employers (Canada Employment Insurance Commission (CEIC))
  • Rutha Astravas, Director, Special Benefits, Employment Insurance Policy (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Andrew Brown, Executive Director, Employment Insurance Policy (Employment and Social Development Canada)
  • Barbara Byers, Secretary-Treasurer (Canadian Labour Congress)
  • Margaret Hill, Senior Director, Strategic Policy and Legislative Reform, Labour Program (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Pierre Laliberté, Commissioner for Workers (Canada Employment Insurance Commission (CEIC))
  • Monique Moreau, Vice President, National Affairs (Canadian Federation of Independent Business)
  • Chris Roberts, Director, Social and Economic Policy (Canadian Labour Congress)
  • Charles Philippe Rochon, Acting Manager, Labour Standards and Wage Earner Protection Program, Workplace Directorate, Labour Program (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Duncan Shaw, Director, Employment Insurance Part II Benefits and Measures, Employment Programs Policy and Design, Skills and Employment Branch (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Nora Spinks, Chief Executive Officer (Vanier Institute of the Family)
  • Rose Young, Manager, Employment Insurance Part II Benefits and Measures, Employment Programs Policy and Design (Employment and Social Development Canada )
Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM
  • Dr. Alan Bernstein, President and Chief Executive Officer (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR))
  • 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)
  • David K. Lee, Executive Advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Products and Food Branch (Health Canada)
  • Alison McDermott, Director General, Program Coordination Branch (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
  • Keith McIntosh, Executive Director, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs (Innovative Medicines Canada)
  • Naira Minto-Saaed, Director, Strategic Planning and Accountability Division, Resource Management and Operations Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch (Health Canada)
  • Ed Morgan, Director General, Policy, Planning and International Affairs Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch (Health Canada)
  • Deryck Trehearne, Director General, Resource Management and Operations Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch (Health Canada)
Government response to the Sixth Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs Science and Technology, entitled: Dementia in Canada: A national Strategy for Dementia-friendly Communities
(2017-04-13)
Bill C-233, An Act respecting a national strategy for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
(2017-03-28) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
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)
Bill S-5, An Act to amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-smokers' Health Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts
(2017-03-09) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 10:32 AM
  • Denis Choinière, Director, Tobacco Products Regulatory Office, Tobacco Control Directorate (Health Canada)
  • Anne-Marie LeBel, Counsel, Health Canada Legal Services (Health Canada)
  • Suzy McDonald, Director General, Tobacco Products Directorate (Health Canada)
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 4:20 PM
  • The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P., Minister of Health (Health Canada)
  • Hilary Geller, Assistant Deputy Minister, Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch (Health Canada)
  • Denis Choinière, Director, Tobacco Products Regulatory Office, Tobacco Control Directorate (Health Canada)
  • Adam Doane, Senior Science Advisor, Tobacco Control Directorate (Health Canada)
  • Anne-Marie LeBel, Counsel, Health Canada Legal Services (Health Canada)
  • Suzy McDonald, Director General, Tobacco Products Directorate (Health Canada)
Monday, April 10, 2017 at 1:30 PM
  • John Britton, Director, UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (As an Individual)
  • Neil Collishaw, Research Director (Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada)
  • Rob Cunningham, Senior Policy Analyst (Canadian Cancer Society)
  • David Hammond, Associate Professor, University of Waterloo (As an Individual)
  • Amy Henderson, Manager, Public Policy (Canadian Lung Association)
  • Dr. Peter Selby, Clinician Scientist, Addictions Division (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 10:31 AM
  • Daniel David, Chairman (The Electronic Cigarette Trade Association of Canada)
  • Eric Gagnon, Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs (Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd)
  • Michael Klander, Director of Corporate Affairs (Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc.)
  • Peter Luongo, Managing Director (Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc.)
  • D. Meshaila Sinnis, Board Member (Canadian Vaping Association)
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 4:16 PM
  • Pippa Beck, Senior Policy Analyst (Non-Smokers’ Rights Association)
  • Jaye Blancher, Director (Tobacco Harm Reduction Association of Canada)
  • Satinder Chera, President (Canadian Convenience Stores Association)
  • Gary Grant, Spokesperson (National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco)
  • David Jones, Policy Advisor (Tobacco Harm Reduction Association of Canada)
  • Melodie Tilson, Director of Policy (Non-Smokers’ Rights Association)
  • Sébastien Tremblay Drolet, Category manager, Couche-Tard Inc. (Canadian Convenience Stores Association)
Bill S-210, An Act to amend An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Civil Marriage Act and the Criminal Code and to make consequential amendments to other Acts
(2017-02-01)
Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 10:30 AM
  • The Honourable Senator Mobina S.B. Jaffer, sponsor of the bill
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Orders of Reference

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