A native of Abitibi, Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in public administration. He has been living in Sherbrooke since 1988.
Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu worked for more than 30 years in Quebec’s public service as a senior official and deputy minister. In June 2002, his eldest daughter was murdered by a repeat offender; it is then that he began championing the rights of the families of murdered or missing individuals, so that the justice system grants them the same rights as criminals. In November 2004, Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu and three other fathers founded the Murdered or Missing Persons' Families' Association (MMPFA). This association, which supports and advises families who have suffered the sudden loss of a loved one, now has more than 600 member families. Although Mr. Boisvenu is no longer president of the association’s board of directors, he is still very active and present in the organization. Through sustained media presence and the numerous talks he continues to give, Mr. Boisvenu has helped to increase awareness of the rights of secondary victims among the Quebec public. He also created the Isabelle Boisvenu Fund, which provides scholarships for students in the field of victimology.
In November 2005, Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu was awarded the Government of Quebec’s Prix de la justice. This award recognizes a citizen’s significant contribution to the promotion of justice in the province.
Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu is co-founder of Le Nid , a shelter for abused women in Val d’Or, and is a member of several boards and humanitarian organizations in the Eastern Townships. He was chair of the United Way of the Eastern Townships from 2006 until March 2010.
On April 14, 2008, his book, Survivre à l’innommable et reprendre le pouvoir sur sa vie was published by Éditions de l’Homme. A second book was published in 2011.
On January 28, 2010, Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu accepted the invitation of Stephen Harper , then Prime Minister of Canada, and was sworn in as a member of the Senate of Canada on March 3, 2010. As a senator, he has worked to strengthen victim legislation and victims’ rights in Canada’s judicial system. He hopes that Canada will adopt the Victims Bill of Rights during his term in office.
Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu has three children, two daughters (Julie and Isabelle) and a son (Christian). He also has two grandchildren, Jakob and Roxane.