Senator Raymonde Saint-Germain
Raymonde Saint-Germain

Senator Raymonde Saint-Germain

Biography

Senator Raymonde Saint-Germain is an experienced public administrator. She served in several senior multidisciplinary positions at the national and international levels, including as Quebec Ombudsperson, Deputy Minister of Government Services, Deputy Minister of Relations with Citizens and Immigration, Assistant Deputy Minister of International Relations, and Quebec Official Publisher. She has chaired and been a member of many governance committees, boards of directors, and audit committees in the public sector, in academia and in community and philanthropic organizations.

Senator Saint-Germain served as chair of the Association internationale des ombudsmans et médiateurs de la francophonie; vice-chair and chair of the Foundation communautaire de Grand Québec’s audit committee; collaborator to Laval University’s Research Chair on Democracy and Parliamentary Institutions; trainer for the Ombuds professional development programs at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School and the Université de Sherbrooke; co-chair of the United Way campaign, public and parapublic sectors; member of the board of directors of the Raoul Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies of the University of Quebec at Montreal; and member of the board of directors of the Agence Québec Wallonie-Bruxelles pour la jeunesse.

Senator Saint-Germain holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and information from Laval University and an Ombuds certificate from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, and also studied in the international management master’s program at the École nationale d'administration publique of Québec.

Since her appointment to the Senate in December 2016, Senator Saint-Germain has served on the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence, on the Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs and on the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications.

She is currently a member of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Selection committee and the Standing Senate Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration. She currently chairs the Subcommittee on Human Resources and she is a member of the Subcommittee on Communication and the Subcommittee on Diversity.

In September 2017, she was elected Deputy Facilitator of the Independent Senators Group for a two-year term. She is a member of the executive committees of the Canadian Section of ParlAmericas and the Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

In February 2018, Senator Saint-Germain was honoured by Laval University for her distinguished career and her outstanding contribution to public service and democratic life.

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.