On October 31, 2016, it was announced that Senator Howard Wetston would be appointed to the Senate of Canada, on the advice of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to represent the province of Ontario. Senator Wetston assumed office on November 16, 2016.
As a former public servant, lawyer, jurist and executive, Senator Wetston has a breadth of experience and expertise in competition law and policy, securities regulation, energy regulation and administrative law. In 2016, Senator Wetston was awarded the Order of Canada for his significant contributions as a public servant, jurist and regulator.
Senator Wetston holds a LL.B. from Dalhousie University and a B.Sc. from Mount Allison University and has been called to the Bar in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta. Senator Wetston holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and he has also received special recognition as a Board Diversity Champion from Catalyst Canada Honours. Senator Wetston is a Senior Fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute and has severed on several advisory boards, including the Program on Ethics in Law and Business at the University of Toronto and the Shannon School of Business at Cape Breton University. Senator Wetston holds honorary doctorate degrees from Cape Breton University and Dalhousie University and he is a proud recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.