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Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia

Senator Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia

  • Province: Newfoundland and Labrador (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Affiliation: Independent Senators Group
  • Telephone: 613-943-3676
  • Email: Mohamed-iqbal.ravalia@sen.parl.gc.ca  vCard
  • Staff: McIlveen, Janet (E); Polowin, Sarah (P); Rideout, Marilyn (A)

Biography

On June 1st 2018, Senator Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia was appointed to the Senate upon the recommendation of the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He represents the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Senator Ravalia is a respected physician, medical educator and has strong community ties to Twillingate, NL.

Mohamed Ravalia was born and raised in the southern African country of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). He immigrated to Canada in 1984 and practiced Family Medicine in Twillingate, NL until his appointment to the Senate in June 2018.

Senator Ravalia attended the Godfrey Huggins School of Medicine in Rhodesia where he earned his Medical degree ( MB.ChB.) in 1980. He completed his Certification in Family Medicine (CCFP) in 1992. He is currently a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (FCFP).

His passion for teaching medical students and residents was rewarded with an appointment to the position of Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Memorial University. He was subsequently promoted to Assistant Dean of the Rural Medical Education Network, where he was tasked with the role to enhance a distributed medical education program in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Senator Ravalia has served on a number of committees of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Medical Council of Canada. He has also had a lengthy involvement with the Atlantic Provinces Medical Peer Review process and the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association. He was appointed to the council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of NL and represented the Canadian Distributed Medical Education group at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

He has received a number of awards including the Order of Canada, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, Canadian Family Physician of the Year and several community teaching awards.

His community engagement has included involvement with the local minor hockey executive, community outreach initiatives, and fundraising for the Lions Club and support of the Anglican Church Sunday school program.

Senator Ravalia is a member of the Social Affairs, Science and Technology committee, which focuses on social justice and healthcare reform issues. Previous studies have examined youth mental health, pharmaceuticals and prescription drugs, the growing obesity epidemic, as well dementia and the aging population. He is also an active member of the Health Research Caucus.

Senator Ravalia proudly represents the regional interests of his fellow Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, with a focus on rurality, disenfranchised populations, resource management, eldercare and health needs. As an immigrant from a minority population group, his experience will further enhance his perspective as a Senator.

Senator Ravalia and his wife Dianne reside in Twillingate, NL. They have two sons, Adam and Mikhail.

Senate Business

Interventions in the Senate Chamber

As of March 18, 2019, when video broadcasting began

Link Date
senators’ statements — Eid ul Fitr
2019.06.03 – 18:13
Vaccine Hesitancy
Inquiry--Debate Continued
2019.05.28 – 18:04
senators’ statements — Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week
2019.05.28 – 14:11
Confederation Bridge and Bridge Tolls
Inquiry--Debate Adjourned
2019.05.14 – 17:07
The Senate
Motion in Amendment Adopted
2019.05.14 – 15:30