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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 Committee Order of Reference  note  note
Review of Statutory Instruments
REGS 2021-03-15
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 12:30 PM
Supplementary Estimates (C) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021
NFFN 2021-02-16 Show Briefs
Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 10:01 AM
Monday, March 8, 2021 at 1:00 PM
  • Margaret Buist, Vice-President, Policy, Planning, Communications and NPMO, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
  • Bill Grandy, Director General, Programs, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
  • Yannick Hébert, Director, Resource Management (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Jean-Frédéric Lafaille, Vice-President, Policy and Communications, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
  • Douglas McConnachie, Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Management Sector (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
  • Cathy McLean, Executive Director, Finance and Corporate Management and Chief Financial Officer, Western Economic Diversification Canada (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
  • Anick Ouellette, Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Planning, Finance and Information Technology Branch (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Lisa St-Amour, Chief Financial Officer, Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
  • Sue Szabo, Director General, Innovative and Climate Finance Bureau (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Joshua Tabah, Director General, Health and Nutrition, Global Issues and Development Branch (Global Affairs Canada)
Friday, March 5, 2021 at 9:59 AM
  • Brigitte Diogo, Vice-President, Health Security Infrastructure Branch (Public Health Agency of Canada)
  • Kimberly Elmslie, Senior Vice-President, Immunization Program (Public Health Agency of Canada)
  • Cindy Evans, Acting Vice-President, Emergency Management (Public Health Agency of Canada)
  • Martin Krumins, Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer (Public Health Agency of Canada)
  • Kaili Levesque, Vice-President, COVID-19 Vaccine Roll Out Taskforce (Public Health Agency of Canada)
  • Jeff Marcantonio, Director General, Pension Excellence Sector, Receiver General and Pension Branch (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
  • Levent Özmutlu, Director General, Procurement, Services and Technology Acquisition Management Sector, Procurement Branch (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
  • Dr. Roman Szumski, Senior Vice-President, COVID-19 Vaccine and Therapeutics Acquisitions (Public Health Agency of Canada)
  • Wojciech (Wojo) Zielonka, Chief Financial Officer, Finance and Administration Branch (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
Monday, March 1, 2021 at 1:00 PM
  • Nelson Barbosa, Senior Director, Regional Operations Sector, Housing and Infrastructure Services Reform Directorate (Indigenous Services Canada)
  • Keith Conn, Acting Senior Assistant Deputy Minister (Indigenous Services Canada)
  • Jennifer Esdaile, Director, Strategic Water Management (Indigenous Services Canada)
  • Yves Giroux, Parliamentary Budget Officer (Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer)
  • Jill Giswold, Analyst (Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer)
  • David Peckham, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Education and Social Development Programs Sector and Partnerships Sector (Indigenous Services Canada)
  • Jason Stanton, Senior Analyst (Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer)
  • Jessica Sultan, Director General, Economic and Business Opportunities Branch, Lands and Economic Development (Indigenous Services Canada)
  • James Sutherland, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Child and Family Services Reform Branch (Indigenous Services Canada)
  • Philippe Thompson, Chief Finances, Results and Delivery Officer (Indigenous Services Canada)
  • Xiaoyi Yan, Director, Budgetary Analysis (Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer)
Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 1:00 PM
  • Darlene Bess, Chief Financial Officer, Financial Management Directorate, Corporate Services Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Karen Cahill, Assistant Secretary and Chief Financial Officer (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Galen Countryman, Director General, Federal-Provincial Relations, Federal-Provincial Relations and Social Policy Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Evelyn Dancey, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Economic Development and Corporate Finance Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Roger Ermuth, Assistant Comptroller General, Financial Management Sector, Office of the Comptroller General (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Soren Halverson, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Financial Sector Policy Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Sandra Hassan, Assistant Deputy Minister, Employment Conditions and Labour Relations (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Miodrag Jovanovic, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Tax Policy Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Lola Paulin, Senior Director, Expenditure Strategies and Estimates (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Glenn Purves, Assistant Secretary, Expenditure Management Sector (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Sonya Read, Acting Assistant Secretary, Digital and Services Policy (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Katharine Rechico, Assistant Deputy Minister, International Trade and Finance Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Bradley Recker, Director General, Fiscal Policy (Department of Finance Canada)
Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code
LCJC 2021-02-11 Show Briefs
Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 10:36 AM
  • Gillian Blackell, Senior Counsel and Team Lead, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Toby Hoffmann, Acting Director and General Counsel, Judicial Affairs Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Melissa Moor, Counsel, Judicial Affairs Section (Department of Justice Canada)
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 4:32 PM
  • The Honourable Rona Ambrose, P.C. (As an Individual)
  • Betty Barrett, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Social Work, Animal and Interpersonal Abuse Research Group (University of Windsor and Humane Canada)
  • Amy J. Fitzgerald, Professor of Criminology, Animal and Interpersonal Abuse Research Group (University of Windsor and Humane Canada)
  • Amy S. FitzGerald, Executive Director (BC Society of Transition Houses)
  • Olga Houde, Coordinator, Political Analysis (Fédération des maisons d'hébergement pour femmes)
  • Hilla Kerner, Collective Member (Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter)
  • Viviane Michel, President (Quebec Native Women Inc.)
  • Manon Monastesse, Director General (Fédération des maisons d'hébergement pour femmes)
  • Asahni Montgomery, Collective Member (Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter)
  • Léa Serier, Justice and Public Security Coordinator (Quebec Native Women Inc.)
  • Raphael Tachie, President (Canadian Association of Black Lawyers)
  • Diane Tremblay (As an Individual)
Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 10:30 AM
  • Paul J. Calarco, Member, Criminal Justice Section (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Annamaria Enenajor, Criminal Defence Lawyer (Criminal Lawyers Association)
  • Jocelyn Formsma, Executive Director (National Association of Friendship Centres)
  • The Honourable C. Adèle Kent, Chief Judicial Officer (National Judicial Institute)
  • Fo Niemi, Director General (Center for Research-Action on Race Relations)
  • Megan Savard, Criminal Defence Lawyer, CLA Director (Criminal Lawyers Association)
  • Christopher Sheppard, President (National Association of Friendship Centres)
  • Jean Teillet (Indigenous Bar Association)
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 4:33 PM
  • The Honourable David Lametti, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Gillian Blackell, Senior Counsel and Team Lead, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Nathalie G. Drouin, Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Toby Hoffmann, Acting Director and General Counsel, Judicial Affairs Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Melissa Moor, Counsel, Judicial Affairs Section (Department of Justice Canada)
Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying)
LCJC 2020-12-17 Show Briefs
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 10:01 AM
  • Dr. Gary A. Chaimowitz, Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University (As an Individual)
  • Albert Gretzky (As an Individual)
  • Spring Hawes, Peer Mentor and recent MLA candidate, Dignity Denied (As an Individual)
  • Dr. Neil Hilliard, Palliative Care Physician, Delta Hospice Society (As an Individual)
  • Abby Hoffman, Senior Executive Advisor to the Deputy Minister (Health Canada)
  • Dr. Trevor A. Hurwitz, Doctor and Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia (As an Individual)
  • Dr. Karine J. Igartua, President (Quebec Psychiatric Association )
  • Joanne Klineberg, Acting General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Karen Kusch, Senior Policy Advisor, Strategic Policy Branch (Health Canada)
  • Sylvain Le May, Citizen, Welcoming and Support Services for Students with Disabilities, Université du Québec à Montréal (As an Individual)
  • Jacquie Lemaire, Senior Policy Advisor, Strategic Policy Branch (Health Canada)
  • Dr. John Maher, Psychiatrist, Barrie Assertive Community Treatment Team; President, OAAF; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Ethics in Mental Health (Ontario Association for ACT & FACT)
  • The Honourable Senator Marie-Françoise Mégie, Senator
  • Carole Morency, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Dr. Chantal Perrot (As an Individual)
  • Gabrielle Peters, Disabled Writer and Co-founder, Dignity Denied (As an Individual)
  • Caroline Quesnel, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Dr. Lisa Richardson, Strategic Lead, Centre for Wise Practices in Indigenous Health, Women's College Hospital (As an Individual)
  • Andrew Roman (As an Individual)
  • Dr. Mark Sinyor, Associate Professor; Psychiatrist, University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (As an Individual)
  • Dr. Donna Stewart, University Professor, University of Toronto, Psychiatrist, University Health Network, Senior Scientist, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute (As an Individual)
  • Dr. Joshua Wales, Palliative Care Physician, Sinai Health (As an Individual)
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 9:09 AM
  • Eric Adams, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, University of Alberta Faculty of Law (As an Individual)
  • Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry (As an Individual)
  • Julie Campbell, Nurse Practitioner (As an Individual)
  • Raphael Cohen-Almagor, Professor, University of Hull (As an Individual)
  • Richard Fowler, Board Member, Representative for Vancouver, British Columbia (Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers)
  • Dr. Thomas Fung, Physician Lead (Siksika Health Services)
  • Dr. Gus Grant, Registrar and CEO (College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia)
  • Abby Hoffman, Senior Executive Advisor to the Deputy Minister (Health Canada)
  • Timothy Holland, MAID Physician Provider and Assessor (As an Individual)
  • Lucie Joncas, Board Member, Representative for Montreal, Quebec (Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers)
  • Dr. Jaro Kotalik, Professor, Northern Ontario School of Medicine (As an Individual)
  • Karen Kusch, Senior Policy Advisor, Strategic Policy Branch (Health Canada)
  • Dr. Rod McCormick, Professor and Research Chair, All My Relations Research Centre, Thompson Rivers University (As an Individual)
  • Jean-Pierre Ménard, Lawyer (Barreau du Québec)
  • Marie-Nancy Paquet, Lawyer (Barreau du Québec)
  • François Paulette, Denesuline Elder (As an Individual)
  • Laurel Plewes, Director, VCHA Assisted Dying Program, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCHA) (As an Individual)
  • David E. Roberge, Member of the Canadian Bar Association End of Life Working Group (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Scott Robertson, Senior Associate, Nahwegahbow Corbiere (Indigenous Bar Association)
  • Delphine Roigt, Lawyer and Ethics Advisor (As an Individual)
  • Jocelyne Saint-Arnaud, Associate Professor, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health, Université de Montréal (As an Individual)
  • Dr. Derryck Smith, Clinical Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia (As an Individual)
  • Dr. Janet Smylie (As an Individual)
  • Suzanne L. Stewart, Director, Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health and Associate Professor Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto (As an Individual)
  • Daniel Weinstock (As an Individual)
  • Tyler White, Chief Executive Officer (Siksika Health Services)
  • Ivan Zinger, Correctional Investigator of Canada (Office of the Correctional Investigator)
  • Dr. Joel B. Zivot, Associate Professor, Emory University School of Medicine (As an Individual)
Monday, February 1, 2021 at 10:01 AM
  • The Honourable David Lametti, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Danielle Chalifoux, Lawyer in health law (Institut de planification des soins du Québec)
  • François Daigle, Associate Deputy Minister (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Marcella Daye, Senior Policy Advisor (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Dr. Naheed Dosani, Palliative Care Physician and Health Justice Activist (As an Individual)
  • Sarah Jama, Lead Organizer (Disability Justice Network of Ontario)
  • Heidi Janz, Chair, Ending-of-Life Ethics Committee (Council of Canadians with Disabilities)
  • The Honourable Senator Serge Joyal, P.C., former senator (As an Individual)
  • Joanne Klineberg, Acting General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • A. Wayne MacKay, Professor Emeritus of Law, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University (As an Individual)
  • Jonathan Marchand, Chair (Coop ASSIST - Quebec Cooperative for Independent Living)
  • Carole Morency, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Sheila Osborne-Brown, Acting General Counsel and Director of Legal Services (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Caroline Quesnel, Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Gerard Quinn, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities (United Nations Human Rights Council)
  • David Shannon, Barrister and Solicitor (As an Individual)
  • Elizabeth Sheehy, Professor Emerita of Law, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • Patrick Taillon, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Laval University (As an Individual)
  • Laurie Wright, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister (Department of Justice Canada)
Bill S-3, An Act to amend the Offshore Health and Safety Act
ENEV 2020-12-08 Show Briefs
Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 10:01 AM
  • Paul Barnes, Director, Atlantic Canada and Arctic (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers)
  • Timothy Gardiner, Senior Director, Offshore Petroleum Management, Strategic Petroleum Policy and Investment Office (Natural Resources Canada)
  • Charlene Johnson, Chief Executive Officer (Newfoundland and Labrador Oil & Gas Industries Association)
  • Dr. Kenneth LeDez, Vice President (Canadian Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Association )
  • Jean-Sébastien Rochon, Deputy Director and Senior Counsel, Natural Resources Canada Legal Services (Department of Justice Canada)
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 9:01 AM
  • The Honourable Seamus O'Regan, P.C., M.P., Minister of Natural Resources (Natural Resources Canada)
  • Scott Doherty, Executive Assistant to the National President (Unifor)
  • Timothy Gardiner, Senior Director, Offshore Petroleum Management, Strategic Petroleum Policy and Investment Office (Natural Resources Canada)
  • Glenn Hargrove, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Petroleum Policy and Investment Office (Natural Resources Canada)
  • Willis Jacobs, Safety and Quality Manager (Cougar Helicopters Inc.)
  • Dave Mercer, President of Unifor Local 2121 (Unifor)
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 10:04 AM
Consider and report on issues relating to the nomination of its external members to the Senate
AOVS 2020-12-03
Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 11:31 AM
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 1:03 PM
  • Vanessa Bastos, People, Culture and Inclusion Lead, Human Resources Directorate
  • Nathalie Charpentier, Comptroller and Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Finance and Procurement Directorate
  • Philippe Hallée, Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel
  • Pierre Lanctôt, Chief Financial Officer, Finance and Procurement Directorate
  • Pascale Legault, Chief Corporate Services Officer
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Consideration of matters relating to the Ethics and Conflict of Interest Code for Senators
CONF 2020-12-03
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 5:00 PM
Monday, March 29, 2021 at 2:19 PM
Monday, March 22, 2021 at 2:01 PM
  • Pierre Legault, Senate Ethics Officer (Office of the Senate Ethics Officer)
  • Deborah Palumbo, Assistant Senate Ethics Officer and General Counsel (Office of the Senate Ethics Officer)
Monday, March 15, 2021 at 2:05 PM
Monday, March 8, 2021 at 2:02 PM
Monday, March 1, 2021 at 2:07 PM
Friday, February 19, 2021 at 9:14 AM
Friday, February 5, 2021 at 12:17 PM
Monday, January 25, 2021 at 10:01 AM
Review and report on the formula for determining the allocations of caucus/groups and House Officers Budgets
SEBS 2020-12-03
Monday, March 29, 2021 at 6:31 PM
Friday, March 26, 2021 at 9:00 AM
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 6:33 PM
  • The Honourable Senator Jane Cordy, Leader (Progressive Senate Group)
  • The Honourable Senator Donald Neil Plett, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Conservative Party of Canada)
Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 9:00 AM
  • The Honourable Senator Marc Gold, P.C., Government Representative in the Senate (Government Representative Office)
  • The Honourable Senator Yuen Pau Woo, Facilitator (Independent Senators Group)
Friday, January 29, 2021 at 2:30 PM
Bill S-2, An Act to amend the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act
AEFA 2020-12-02 Show Briefs
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 10:01 AM
  • Walter Dorn, Professor, Royal Military College of Canada (As an Individual)
  • Veronika Stromšíková, Director, Office of Strategy and Policy (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons)
Monday, December 14, 2020 at 10:01 AM
  • Sébastien Carrière, Executive Director, Non-proliferation and Disarmament Division (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Dan Costello, Assistant Deputy Minister, International Security and Political Affairs (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Dr. Heather Durham, Chair (Biological and Chemical Defence Review Committee)
  • Alison Grant, Director, Eastern Europe & Eurasia (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Andrew Halliday, Deputy National Coordinator, Canadian National Authority to the Chemical Weapons Convention (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Brendan Murphy, National Coordinator, Canadian National Authority to the Chemical Weapons Convention (Global Affairs Canada)
Study on the implementation and success of a federal framework on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by the Government of Canada
SOCI 2020-12-01
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