While senators’ duties are mainly as legislators within Parliament, their work also takes them far beyond. Learn more about some of their activities.

Friday, November 15, 2019 — Senator Pierre J. Dalphond speaks at the West Island Women’s Shelter gala in Montreal. Proceeds from the event will help the shelter provide support to women and children of conjugal violence.

Friday, November 15, 2019 — Senators Tony Loffreda and Pierre J. Dalphond participate in the West Island Women’s Shelter gala, in Montreal, that was attended by nearly 400 people. Senator Loffreda was honorary chair of the evening.

Sunday, November 17, 2019 — Senator Ratna Omidvar speaks at the Summit of Minds Conference on polarization, migration and transcending borders with (left to right) Jean Nicolas Beuze, Rachel Kiddell Monroe, Kai Xiong Zhang, Ambreen Bhaloo and Ali Borhani in Charlevoix, Quebec.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 — Senators Ratna Omidvar and Mobina S.B. Jaffer host the recipients of the 2019 Global Centre for Pluralism Awards at the Senate of Canada Building. The award celebrates the achievements of organizations, individuals and governments tackling the challenge of living peacefully and productively with diversity.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 — Senator Pierre J. Dalphond gives a presentation on the adoption of amendments to the Divorce Act during a conference at Saint Paul University in Ottawa organized by the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario and the Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 — Senator Chantal Petitclerc participates in an armchair discussion with journalist Catherine Perrin at the ‘Ensemble pour une culture inclusive’ forum organized by Radio-Canada in Montreal.


Tuesday, November 26, 2019 — Senators Paula Simons, Pierre J. Dalphond and Donna Dasko join His Excellency Andriy Shevchenko, Ambassador of Ukraine, at a commemoration ceremony of the Holodomor on Parliament Hill.

Friday, November 29, 2019 — Senator Brian Francis celebrates the graduation of a class of the First Nations Community Safety Officers from Natuashish, a MushuaunInnu community from Newfoundland and Labrador.


Saturday, November 30, 2019 — Senator Salma Ataullahjan gives the keynote speech to a group of young immigrants at Bridge the Heart’s Youth Citizen Forum in Toronto. SENgage coordinated the senator’s participation in the forum.

Saturday, November 30, 2019 — Senators Pierre J. Dalphond, Kim Pate, Julie Miville-Dechêne and Paul J. Massicotte visit the Joliette Institution for Women in Quebec, a multi-level security penitentiary.

Monday, December 2, 2019 — Senator Marc Gold speaks about the evolution of the Senate with students at the Laurier Competency Development Centre in Lachute, Quebec. This event was coordinated by SENgage.

Monday, December 2, 2019 — Senator Julie Miville-Dechêne speaks about the work of the Senate to over 100 Grade 10 students from École secondaire Mont-Royal. She later answered several questions from the students.

Other events that senators participated in:

CAPTION: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 — Senator Larry W. Smith gave a guest lecture to undergraduate students at the Molson School of Business at Concordia University. Beginning with his years as a running back in the Canadian Football League (CFL) to his recent work in the Senate, Senator Smith used his career in sports, business and in the Senate to illustrate the principles of business.


CAPTION: Thursday, November 21, 2019 — Senator Serge Joyal discussed the role of the Senate at an introductory political science course at the University of Ottawa along with Senate and House of Commons pages.

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