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. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 – Senator David M. Arnot meets with Grade 5 students at St. Angela School in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to talk about the work of the Upper Chamber, civic engagement and treaty relationships between Indigenous peoples and Canada’s federal government.
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 – Senator David M. Arnot meets with Grade 5 students at St. Angela School in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to talk about the work of the Upper Chamber, civic engagement and treaty relationships between Indigenous peoples and Canada’s federal government. (Photo credit: Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools)

Friday, May 20, 2022 – Senators René Cormier and Marie-Françoise Mégie meet with members of Canadian Parents for French, a national organization that seeks to further bilingualism by promoting and creating French-second-language opportunities for young Canadians.
Friday, May 20, 2022 – Senators René Cormier and Marie-Françoise Mégie meet with members of Canadian Parents for French, a national organization that seeks to further bilingualism by promoting and creating French-second-language opportunities for young Canadians.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – Senator Peter Harder meets with students from Kitchener’s Rockway Mennonite Collegiate at the Senate of Canada Building in Ottawa, Ontario. He spoke to students about his role as a senator, the history of the Upper Chamber and the federal legislative process.
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – Senator Peter Harder meets with students from Kitchener’s Rockway Mennonite Collegiate at the Senate of Canada Building in Ottawa, Ontario. He spoke to students about his role as a senator, the history of the Upper Chamber and the federal legislative process.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – Senator Bernadette Clement (top left) speaks at a virtual memorial for George Floyd organized by the Canadian Congress on Inclusive Diversity and Workplace Equity. The senator spoke about the fundamentals of equitable justice in Canada, specifically increasing diversity and empowering underrepresented communities.
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – Senator Bernadette Clement (top left) speaks at a virtual memorial for George Floyd organized by the Canadian Congress on Inclusive Diversity and Workplace Equity. The senator spoke about the fundamentals of equitable justice in Canada, specifically increasing diversity and empowering underrepresented communities.

Friday, May 27, 2022 – Senator Mary Coyle receives an honorary Doctor of Business Management degree from the Meru University of Science and Technology in Meru, Kenya.
Friday, May 27, 2022 – Senator Mary Coyle receives an honorary Doctor of Business Management degree from the Meru University of Science and Technology in Meru, Kenya.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 – Senator Rob Black (right) meets with Branden Leslie and Jason Saunders of the Grain Growers of Canada to discuss issues facing the grain industry. The senator also learned more about the organization’s work on soil health and Mr. Saunders’s efforts to collect data on soil organic matter.
Tuesday, May 31, 2022 – Senator Rob Black (right) meets with Branden Leslie and Jason Saunders of the Grain Growers of Canada to discuss issues facing the grain industry. The senator also learned more about the organization’s work on soil health and Mr. Saunders’s efforts to collect data on soil organic matter.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 – Senator David Wells (top right) meets with Newfoundland and Labrador representatives of the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada. Topics of discussion included consumer protection within the Bank Act, natural disaster mitigation and open banking.
Tuesday, May 31, 2022 – Senator David Wells (top right) meets with Newfoundland and Labrador representatives of the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada. Topics of discussion included consumer protection within the Bank Act, natural disaster mitigation and open banking.

Thursday, May 19, 2022 – As part of a local forum organized by French for the Future, Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais meets with French immersion students from La-Belle-Cloche school in Fortune Bridge, Prince Edward Island. Senator Dagenais discussed the role of the Senate and senators in Canadian democracy.
Thursday, May 19, 2022 – As part of a local forum organized by French for the Future, Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais meets with French immersion students from La-Belle-Cloche school in Fortune Bridge, Prince Edward Island. Senator Dagenais discussed the role of the Senate and senators in Canadian democracy.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 – Senator Colin Deacon meets virtually with Grade 5 classes at St. Brendan Catholic School in Stouffville, Ontario. He spoke about the Senate and the role of senators, and also facilitated a debate on Bill S-201, which proposes to change the federal voting age in Canada.
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 – Senator Colin Deacon meets virtually with Grade 5 classes at St. Brendan Catholic School in Stouffville, Ontario. He spoke about the Senate and the role of senators, and also facilitated a debate on Bill S-201, which proposes to change the federal voting age in Canada.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – Senator Salma Ataullahjan attends a Scouts Canada troop meeting in Scarborough, Ontario during an event organized by SENgage. The senator spoke about the role of the Upper Chamber and her journey to the Upper Chamber; members of the 20th Scarborough West Scout Group then shared their knot-tying and fire-starting skills. The Scouts presented Senator Ataullahjan with uniform crests, and she offered them pins celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – Senator Salma Ataullahjan attends a Scouts Canada troop meeting in Scarborough, Ontario during an event organized by SENgage. The senator spoke about the role of the Upper Chamber and her journey to the Upper Chamber; members of the 20th Scarborough West Scout Group then shared their knot-tying and fire-starting skills. The Scouts presented Senator Ataullahjan with uniform crests, and she offered them pins celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – While celebrating Africa Day in Nairobi, Kenya, Senator Mary Coyle waters a tree planted by Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Green Belt Movement — a grassroots organization that promotes environmental conservation. Senator Coyle started her career in Botswana in 1980; she visited and worked in 21 countries across the African continent.
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – While celebrating Africa Day in Nairobi, Kenya, Senator Mary Coyle waters a tree planted by Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Green Belt Movement — a grassroots organization that promotes environmental conservation. Senator Coyle started her career in Botswana in 1980; she visited and worked in 21 countries across the African continent. 

Monday, May 30, 2022 – Senator Bernadette Clement participates in a virtual class on Canadian law and politics at Le Relais Catholic high school in Alexandria, Ontario. The course provides a rare opportunity for francophone students in Grades 11 and 12 across the region to learn and discuss politics together.
Monday, May 30, 2022 – Senator Bernadette Clement participates in a virtual class on Canadian law and politics at Le Relais Catholic high school in Alexandria, Ontario. The course provides a rare opportunity for francophone students in Grades 11 and 12 across the region to learn and discuss politics together.

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. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 – Senator David M. Arnot meets with Grade 5 students at St. Angela School in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to talk about the work of the Upper Chamber, civic engagement and treaty relationships between Indigenous peoples and Canada’s federal government.
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 – Senator David M. Arnot meets with Grade 5 students at St. Angela School in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to talk about the work of the Upper Chamber, civic engagement and treaty relationships between Indigenous peoples and Canada’s federal government. (Photo credit: Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools)

Friday, May 20, 2022 – Senators René Cormier and Marie-Françoise Mégie meet with members of Canadian Parents for French, a national organization that seeks to further bilingualism by promoting and creating French-second-language opportunities for young Canadians.
Friday, May 20, 2022 – Senators René Cormier and Marie-Françoise Mégie meet with members of Canadian Parents for French, a national organization that seeks to further bilingualism by promoting and creating French-second-language opportunities for young Canadians.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – Senator Peter Harder meets with students from Kitchener’s Rockway Mennonite Collegiate at the Senate of Canada Building in Ottawa, Ontario. He spoke to students about his role as a senator, the history of the Upper Chamber and the federal legislative process.
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – Senator Peter Harder meets with students from Kitchener’s Rockway Mennonite Collegiate at the Senate of Canada Building in Ottawa, Ontario. He spoke to students about his role as a senator, the history of the Upper Chamber and the federal legislative process.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – Senator Bernadette Clement (top left) speaks at a virtual memorial for George Floyd organized by the Canadian Congress on Inclusive Diversity and Workplace Equity. The senator spoke about the fundamentals of equitable justice in Canada, specifically increasing diversity and empowering underrepresented communities.
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – Senator Bernadette Clement (top left) speaks at a virtual memorial for George Floyd organized by the Canadian Congress on Inclusive Diversity and Workplace Equity. The senator spoke about the fundamentals of equitable justice in Canada, specifically increasing diversity and empowering underrepresented communities.

Friday, May 27, 2022 – Senator Mary Coyle receives an honorary Doctor of Business Management degree from the Meru University of Science and Technology in Meru, Kenya.
Friday, May 27, 2022 – Senator Mary Coyle receives an honorary Doctor of Business Management degree from the Meru University of Science and Technology in Meru, Kenya.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 – Senator Rob Black (right) meets with Branden Leslie and Jason Saunders of the Grain Growers of Canada to discuss issues facing the grain industry. The senator also learned more about the organization’s work on soil health and Mr. Saunders’s efforts to collect data on soil organic matter.
Tuesday, May 31, 2022 – Senator Rob Black (right) meets with Branden Leslie and Jason Saunders of the Grain Growers of Canada to discuss issues facing the grain industry. The senator also learned more about the organization’s work on soil health and Mr. Saunders’s efforts to collect data on soil organic matter.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 – Senator David Wells (top right) meets with Newfoundland and Labrador representatives of the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada. Topics of discussion included consumer protection within the Bank Act, natural disaster mitigation and open banking.
Tuesday, May 31, 2022 – Senator David Wells (top right) meets with Newfoundland and Labrador representatives of the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada. Topics of discussion included consumer protection within the Bank Act, natural disaster mitigation and open banking.

Thursday, May 19, 2022 – As part of a local forum organized by French for the Future, Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais meets with French immersion students from La-Belle-Cloche school in Fortune Bridge, Prince Edward Island. Senator Dagenais discussed the role of the Senate and senators in Canadian democracy.
Thursday, May 19, 2022 – As part of a local forum organized by French for the Future, Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais meets with French immersion students from La-Belle-Cloche school in Fortune Bridge, Prince Edward Island. Senator Dagenais discussed the role of the Senate and senators in Canadian democracy.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 – Senator Colin Deacon meets virtually with Grade 5 classes at St. Brendan Catholic School in Stouffville, Ontario. He spoke about the Senate and the role of senators, and also facilitated a debate on Bill S-201, which proposes to change the federal voting age in Canada.
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 – Senator Colin Deacon meets virtually with Grade 5 classes at St. Brendan Catholic School in Stouffville, Ontario. He spoke about the Senate and the role of senators, and also facilitated a debate on Bill S-201, which proposes to change the federal voting age in Canada.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – Senator Salma Ataullahjan attends a Scouts Canada troop meeting in Scarborough, Ontario during an event organized by SENgage. The senator spoke about the role of the Upper Chamber and her journey to the Upper Chamber; members of the 20th Scarborough West Scout Group then shared their knot-tying and fire-starting skills. The Scouts presented Senator Ataullahjan with uniform crests, and she offered them pins celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – Senator Salma Ataullahjan attends a Scouts Canada troop meeting in Scarborough, Ontario during an event organized by SENgage. The senator spoke about the role of the Upper Chamber and her journey to the Upper Chamber; members of the 20th Scarborough West Scout Group then shared their knot-tying and fire-starting skills. The Scouts presented Senator Ataullahjan with uniform crests, and she offered them pins celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – While celebrating Africa Day in Nairobi, Kenya, Senator Mary Coyle waters a tree planted by Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Green Belt Movement — a grassroots organization that promotes environmental conservation. Senator Coyle started her career in Botswana in 1980; she visited and worked in 21 countries across the African continent.
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – While celebrating Africa Day in Nairobi, Kenya, Senator Mary Coyle waters a tree planted by Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Green Belt Movement — a grassroots organization that promotes environmental conservation. Senator Coyle started her career in Botswana in 1980; she visited and worked in 21 countries across the African continent. 

Monday, May 30, 2022 – Senator Bernadette Clement participates in a virtual class on Canadian law and politics at Le Relais Catholic high school in Alexandria, Ontario. The course provides a rare opportunity for francophone students in Grades 11 and 12 across the region to learn and discuss politics together.
Monday, May 30, 2022 – Senator Bernadette Clement participates in a virtual class on Canadian law and politics at Le Relais Catholic high school in Alexandria, Ontario. The course provides a rare opportunity for francophone students in Grades 11 and 12 across the region to learn and discuss politics together.

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