Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu
Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu

Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu

Biography

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. Through sustained media presence and the numerous talks he continues to give, Mr. Boisvenu has helped to increase awareness of the rights of victims of crimes among the Canadian 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 was 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.

On January 28, 2010, Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu accepted the invitation of Mr. 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 succeeded in passing the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights during his term in office.

He sponsored several government and private Members' bills: Bill C-23A (Eliminating Pardons for Serious Crimes Act), Bill C-310 (An Act to amend the Criminal Code-trafficking in persons), Bill C-316 (An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act-incarceration), Bill C-293 (An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act-vexatious complainants), Bill C-37 (Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act), Bill C-452 (An Act to amend the Criminal Code-exploitation and trafficking in persons) and Bill C-479 (An Act to Bring Fairness for the Victims of Violent Offenders).

Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu has three children, two daughters (Julie and Isabelle) and a son (Christian). He also has two grandchildren, Jakob and Roxane.