The Honourable Senator Thanh Hai Ngo was appointed to the Senate in 2012 on the advice of the Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Senator Ngo immigrated to Canada in 1975 following the fall of Saigon and the rise of communism. He is the first Canadian of Vietnamese origin to sit to the Senate.
While living in Vietnam, he worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Vietnam, where he served as a diplomatic press attaché at the Vietnamese embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. After immigrating to Canada and settling in Ottawa, he worked as a teacher for 30 years, served as Chairperson of the Employment Insurance Board of Referees until 2002, and in 2007 was appointed as a citizenship judge.
In Parliament, Senator Ngo continues to advocate for freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and to champion against oppression in Vietnam and around the world.
Senator Ngo graduated with a bachelor’s degree in arts and social sciences from the University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of Ottawa.
Senator Thanh Hai Ngo fluently speaks French, English and Vietnamese. He now lives in Ottawa, Ontario.