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At a glance
November 22, 2019

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


Monday, October 28, 2019 — As part of the SENgage program, Senator Rosa Galvez (centre) participates in an armchair discussion at York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering. As an engineer, she discussed the challenges and opportunities for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields with Rhonda Lenton (right), York University President and Vice-Chancellor and Jane Goodyer (left), dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering.

Friday, November 1, 2019—Senator Pierre J. Dalphond gives a presentation to Quebec notaries about changes to the Divorce Act. The event was organized by the Association professionnelle des notaires du Québec.

Thursday, November 7, 2019—Senator Rosemary Moodie gave a SENgage guest lecture to the survey class Government, Power and Politics at McMaster University’s Department of Political Science where she talked about the role and work of the Senate.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019—Senator Pierre J. Dalphond speaks to law students at l’Université de Montréal during a conference organized by Professor Jean Leclair from the Law-Policy Committee and Professional Development Center of the university.

Thursday, November 14, 2019—Senator Ratna Omidvar congratulates Parents for Community Living of Waterloo, winner of the Manulife Governance Excellence Award, at the Manulife/Capacity Canada Board Governance Bootcamp. She also presented the findings from the Senate’s Special Committee on the Charitable Sector report titled Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector.

Thursday, November 14, 2019—Senator David Wells discusses the role of the Senate with students from Alberta to New Brunswick as part of a virtual town hall organized by the Centre for Global Education.

Thursday, November 14, 2019—Senator Grant Mitchell meets with five classes of students from Alberta to New Brunswick simultaneously in a virtual town hall organized by the Centre for Global Education.

Friday, November 15, 2019—Senator Paula Simons speaks to Grade 9 students at Vernon Barford Junior High School in Edmonton as part of a SENgage youth-outreach event.

Sunday, November 17, 2019—Senator Patti LaBoucane-Benson gives the opening keynote speech and meets restorative justice practitioners from First Nations across Canada and others from Brazil, Canada and Germany at the National Restorative Justice Symposium in Banff, Alberta.

Monday, November 18, 2019—Senator Rob Black participates in the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) Convention and Annual General Meeting in Hamilton, Ontario.

Other events that senators participated in:


  • Monday, October 28, 2019—Senator Donna Dasko gave a SENgage guest lecture to a communications planning class at the University of Ottawa’s Department of Communication. She discussed the role of communications in the legislative context from her perspective as a senator and a former public opinion researcher.


  • Tuesday, November 12, 2019—Speaking at the Laval University political science class, Senator Dennis Dawson gave an overview of his work on the Senate’s foreign affairs committee and his involvement in parliamentary diplomacy over his career on Parliament Hill as a senator and as an MP. SENgage coordinated this event.