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Frances Lankin

Senator Frances Lankin, P.C.

  • Province: Ontario (Ontario)
  • Affiliation: Independent Senators Group
  • Telephone: 613-995-2795
  • Fax: 613-995-2789
  • Email:  vCard
  • Staff: Désilets, Rose M.; Paikin, Henry; Provencher, Jeanne


Ms. Lankin spent more than 10 years as the CEO of United Way Toronto. She also served as an Ontario provincial Minister of Government Services and Chair of Management Board, Minister of Health and Long Term Care, Minister of Economic Development and Trade and Legislator for 11 years (1990-2001).

She has contributed to a number of diverse government bodies and initiatives, including as a Member of the Security Intelligence Review Committee, Co-Chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Federal Grants and Contributions, Co-Commissioner of the Commission for the Reform of Social Assistance in Ontario and Member of the Premier’s Advisory Council on Government Business Assets.

She currently serves as a Board Director for Hydro One, and Board Director and Chair of the Social Responsibility Committee for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission. Ms. Lankin was the inaugural Chair of the National NewsMedia Council, former Chair of the Ontario Press Council, former Board Director of Metrolinx and has extensive previous experience as a volunteer on a number of Not-for-Profit boards.

She is a Member of Privy Council and a Member of the Order of Canada.  Ms. Lankin has received Honorary Doctorates from Queen’s University, Ryerson University, and Nipissing University and is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals.  She is also the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for her work in community and politics including the Equal Voice “eVe” award.

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