At a glance

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

Friday, April 29, 2022 — Senator Pierre J. Dalphond delivers a lecture on Senate modernization and the role of independent senators to the members of the Bedford Bar in Granby, Quebec. He also presented on the provisions related to domestic violence in Bill C-78, which amended the federal act governing divorce in Canada when it passed in 2019.Friday, April 29, 2022 — Senator Pierre J. Dalphond delivers a lecture on Senate modernization and the role of independent senators to the members of the Bedford Bar in Granby, Quebec. He also presented on the provisions related to domestic violence in Bill C-78, which amended the federal act governing divorce in Canada when it passed in 2019.

Friday, April 29, 2022 — Senator Ratna Omidvar (centre) and Senator Rob Black (right) visit Carleton Mushroom Farms in rural Ottawa, to learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing Canada’s mushroom growers.Friday, April 29, 2022 — Senator Ratna Omidvar (centre) and Senator Rob Black (right) visit Carleton Mushroom Farms in rural Ottawa, to learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing Canada’s mushroom growers.

Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, 2022 — During Jane’s Walk, a worldwide annual festival for community-led walking conversations, Senator Paula Simons leads participants to the old Royal Alberta Museum in the Glenora neighbourhood of Edmonton to tell tales of the site’s remarkable political and architectural history.Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, 2022 — During Jane’s Walk, a worldwide annual festival for community-led walking conversations, Senator Paula Simons leads participants to the old Royal Alberta Museum in the Glenora neighbourhood of Edmonton to tell tales of the site’s remarkable political and architectural history.

Monday, May 9, 2022 – Senator Karen Sorensen attends the IMPACT Sustainability Travel and Tourism Conference in Victoria, British Columbia, along with National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis (left) and Blood Tribe Elder Mike Bruised Head (Ninna Piiksii). The senator was pleased to participate in discussions about positive and sustainable growth of tourism in Canada.Monday, May 9, 2022Senator Karen Sorensen attends the IMPACT Sustainability Travel and Tourism Conference in Victoria, British Columbia, along with National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis (left) and Blood Tribe Elder Mike Bruised Head (Ninna Piiksii). The senator was pleased to participate in discussions about positive and sustainable growth of tourism in Canada.

Monday, May 9, 2022 – During a virtual event organized by SENgage, Senator Brent Cotter helps Grade 11 law students from Strathroy District Collegiate Institute in Strathroy, Ontario prepare for a mock trial assignment. The senator assisted the students as they played the role of defence counsel and helped improve their questions for witnesses.Monday, May 9, 2022 – During a virtual event organized by SENgage, Senator Brent Cotter helps Grade 11 law students from Strathroy District Collegiate Institute in Strathroy, Ontario prepare for a mock trial assignment. The senator assisted the students as they played the role of defence counsel and helped improve their questions for witnesses.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 – Senator Ratna Omidvar speaks at a conference organized by Philanthropic Foundations Canada about her bill, the Effective and Accountable Charities Act. She also discussed broader charitable sector reform at the event, held in Wakefield, Quebec.Tuesday, May 10, 2022 – Senator Ratna Omidvar speaks at a conference organized by Philanthropic Foundations Canada about her bill, the Effective and Accountable Charities Act. She also discussed broader charitable sector reform at the event, held in Wakefield, Quebec.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 — Senator Patti LaBoucane-Benson hears from members of the Canadian Dental Association about ways to improve Canadians’ oral health.Wednesday, May 11, 2022 — Senator Patti LaBoucane-Benson hears from members of the Canadian Dental Association about ways to improve Canadians’ oral health.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 — Senators Salma Ataullahjan, Mobina S. B. Jaffer and Ratna Omidvar (front from left, respectively) welcome the winners of the 2021 Global Pluralism Award to the Senate of Canada. Senator Omidvar was a jury member for the award.

Thursday, May 12, 2022 – Senator Ratna Omidvar meets with Omaid Sharifi, ArtLords, from Afghanistan and Lenin Raghuvanshi from India, who received honourable mentions for the 2021 Global Pluralism Award.Thursday, May 12, 2022Senator Ratna Omidvar meets with Omaid Sharifi, ArtLords, from Afghanistan and Lenin Raghuvanshi from India, who received honourable mentions for the 2021 Global Pluralism Award.

Friday, May 13, 2022 — Senator Donna Dasko shares her observations on how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the Senate’s work, including the introduction of hybrid sittings and committee meetings, during the “Gender and Politics in a Global Pandemic” workshop in Banff, Alberta. The event was hosted by the University of Calgary’s political science department and the Canadian Study of Parliament Group.Friday, May 13, 2022 — Senator Donna Dasko shares her observations on how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the Senate’s work, including the introduction of hybrid sittings and committee meetings, during the “Gender and Politics in a Global Pandemic” workshop in Banff, Alberta. The event was hosted by the University of Calgary’s political science department and the Canadian Study of Parliament Group

Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, 2022 — As a member of the Canadian Branch of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie, Senator Dennis Dawson presents his draft report at a meeting of the association’s political committee, held in Québec City.Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, 2022 — As a member of the Canadian Branch of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie, Senator Dennis Dawson presents his draft report at a meeting of the association’s political committee, held in Québec City.  

At a glance

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

Friday, April 29, 2022 — Senator Pierre J. Dalphond delivers a lecture on Senate modernization and the role of independent senators to the members of the Bedford Bar in Granby, Quebec. He also presented on the provisions related to domestic violence in Bill C-78, which amended the federal act governing divorce in Canada when it passed in 2019.Friday, April 29, 2022 — Senator Pierre J. Dalphond delivers a lecture on Senate modernization and the role of independent senators to the members of the Bedford Bar in Granby, Quebec. He also presented on the provisions related to domestic violence in Bill C-78, which amended the federal act governing divorce in Canada when it passed in 2019.

Friday, April 29, 2022 — Senator Ratna Omidvar (centre) and Senator Rob Black (right) visit Carleton Mushroom Farms in rural Ottawa, to learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing Canada’s mushroom growers.Friday, April 29, 2022 — Senator Ratna Omidvar (centre) and Senator Rob Black (right) visit Carleton Mushroom Farms in rural Ottawa, to learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing Canada’s mushroom growers.

Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, 2022 — During Jane’s Walk, a worldwide annual festival for community-led walking conversations, Senator Paula Simons leads participants to the old Royal Alberta Museum in the Glenora neighbourhood of Edmonton to tell tales of the site’s remarkable political and architectural history.Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, 2022 — During Jane’s Walk, a worldwide annual festival for community-led walking conversations, Senator Paula Simons leads participants to the old Royal Alberta Museum in the Glenora neighbourhood of Edmonton to tell tales of the site’s remarkable political and architectural history.

Monday, May 9, 2022 – Senator Karen Sorensen attends the IMPACT Sustainability Travel and Tourism Conference in Victoria, British Columbia, along with National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis (left) and Blood Tribe Elder Mike Bruised Head (Ninna Piiksii). The senator was pleased to participate in discussions about positive and sustainable growth of tourism in Canada.Monday, May 9, 2022Senator Karen Sorensen attends the IMPACT Sustainability Travel and Tourism Conference in Victoria, British Columbia, along with National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis (left) and Blood Tribe Elder Mike Bruised Head (Ninna Piiksii). The senator was pleased to participate in discussions about positive and sustainable growth of tourism in Canada.

Monday, May 9, 2022 – During a virtual event organized by SENgage, Senator Brent Cotter helps Grade 11 law students from Strathroy District Collegiate Institute in Strathroy, Ontario prepare for a mock trial assignment. The senator assisted the students as they played the role of defence counsel and helped improve their questions for witnesses.Monday, May 9, 2022 – During a virtual event organized by SENgage, Senator Brent Cotter helps Grade 11 law students from Strathroy District Collegiate Institute in Strathroy, Ontario prepare for a mock trial assignment. The senator assisted the students as they played the role of defence counsel and helped improve their questions for witnesses.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 – Senator Ratna Omidvar speaks at a conference organized by Philanthropic Foundations Canada about her bill, the Effective and Accountable Charities Act. She also discussed broader charitable sector reform at the event, held in Wakefield, Quebec.Tuesday, May 10, 2022 – Senator Ratna Omidvar speaks at a conference organized by Philanthropic Foundations Canada about her bill, the Effective and Accountable Charities Act. She also discussed broader charitable sector reform at the event, held in Wakefield, Quebec.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 — Senator Patti LaBoucane-Benson hears from members of the Canadian Dental Association about ways to improve Canadians’ oral health.Wednesday, May 11, 2022 — Senator Patti LaBoucane-Benson hears from members of the Canadian Dental Association about ways to improve Canadians’ oral health.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 — Senators Salma Ataullahjan, Mobina S. B. Jaffer and Ratna Omidvar (front from left, respectively) welcome the winners of the 2021 Global Pluralism Award to the Senate of Canada. Senator Omidvar was a jury member for the award.

Thursday, May 12, 2022 – Senator Ratna Omidvar meets with Omaid Sharifi, ArtLords, from Afghanistan and Lenin Raghuvanshi from India, who received honourable mentions for the 2021 Global Pluralism Award.Thursday, May 12, 2022Senator Ratna Omidvar meets with Omaid Sharifi, ArtLords, from Afghanistan and Lenin Raghuvanshi from India, who received honourable mentions for the 2021 Global Pluralism Award.

Friday, May 13, 2022 — Senator Donna Dasko shares her observations on how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the Senate’s work, including the introduction of hybrid sittings and committee meetings, during the “Gender and Politics in a Global Pandemic” workshop in Banff, Alberta. The event was hosted by the University of Calgary’s political science department and the Canadian Study of Parliament Group.Friday, May 13, 2022 — Senator Donna Dasko shares her observations on how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the Senate’s work, including the introduction of hybrid sittings and committee meetings, during the “Gender and Politics in a Global Pandemic” workshop in Banff, Alberta. The event was hosted by the University of Calgary’s political science department and the Canadian Study of Parliament Group

Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, 2022 — As a member of the Canadian Branch of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie, Senator Dennis Dawson presents his draft report at a meeting of the association’s political committee, held in Québec City.Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, 2022 — As a member of the Canadian Branch of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie, Senator Dennis Dawson presents his draft report at a meeting of the association’s political committee, held in Québec City.  

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