Terry M. Mercer

Senator Terry M. Mercer

  • Province: Nova Scotia (Northend Halifax)
  • Affiliation: Liberal Party of Canada
  • Telephone: 613-996-2657
  • Fax: 613-947-2345
  • Email: terry.mercer@sen.parl.gc.ca  vCard
  • Staff: Petten, Sherry; Sheppard, David A.


Appointed to the Senate by the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien in November 2003, Senator Terry M. Mercer represents the province of Nova Scotia and the Senatorial Division of Northend Halifax. He is currently the Deputy Leader and Chair of the Senate Liberals (he also served as Chair of the Senate Liberal Caucus from 2008-2012).

Senator Mercer served as the Director of Fundraising of the Liberal Party of Canada starting in 1995 and as National Director of the Liberal Party of Canada from 1997-2003. Prior to working with the Liberal Party, he held a wide variety of positions with various charitable institutions. From 1993-1995, he was the Executive Director of the Metro Toronto Branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association, while from 1987-1993, he was Vice President and Director, Financial Development of the YMCA of Greater Toronto. Senator Mercer has also held positions with the Nova Scotia Lung Association, St. John Ambulance Nova Scotia Council, and the Kidney Foundation of Canada (Nova Scotia Branch).

Senator Mercer has been very active in the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and is a former Chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy in Canada. He is a member of the Nova Scotia and Ottawa Chapters of AFP. As well, Senator Mercer has served on the AFP Association Board of Directors and the AFP Canada Council.

Senator Mercer is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and has lectured extensively on modern ethical fundraising techniques. He has been a founding member and Director of two chapters of AFP and a member of the Executive Committee of the North American YMCA Development Offices, 1990-1997.

Before working for these charitable institutions, Senator Mercer worked as Executive Assistant to the Nova Scotia Minister of Labour and Housing from 1974 to 1978. He is a recipient of the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. 

Senator Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary's University in Halifax and also holds a Doctor of Civil Law, Honoris Causa (Arts & Science) from SMU. He and his wife Ellen (nee Simmons) live in Halifax and have one son, Michael, daughter-in-law Lisa Courtney, and grandchildren Ellie and Oliver. 

Senate Business

Committee Membership

The following are ex officio members of all committees except for the Standing Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators and the joint committees:

  • the Leader of the Government (Government Representative) and the Leader of the Opposition or, in the absence of either, their respective Deputy Leaders; and

Pursuant to the Order of the Senate of November 7, 2017:

  • the Legislative Deputy to the Government Representative or the Government Liaison, in the absence of the Government Representative; and
  • the leader or facilitator of any recognized party or recognized parliamentary group or, in their absence, the designated deputy leader or deputy facilitator.