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Meet Canada’s newest senators 2018
Meet Canada’s newest senators 2018
March 22, 2018

The following passages are adapted from the new senators’ introductions in the Senate Chamber.

Senator Marty Deacon (centre) joins the Senate, flanked by Senator Peter Harder (left) and Senator Chantal Petitclerc (right).

Senator Marty Deacon, Ontario

Senator Marty Deacon is keen to work on issues she is passionate about: the environment, international affairs and Indigenous peoples. In her career as an educator, Senator Deacon was a teacher, school principal, consultant, academic and superintendent.

As a badminton athlete, Senator Deacon has what it takes to succeed. She is quick on her feet, has stamina and, most of all, understands the importance of team work. Between her career as an educator and her activities as an athlete and coach, Senator Deacon has also represented Canada on many national and international executive boards.

Sworn in on March 20, 2018.


Senator Yvonne Boyer (centre), joined by Senator Peter Harder (right) and Senator Murray Sinclair (left), is welcomed into the Senate Chamber.

Senator Yvonne Boyer, Ontario

Senator Yvonne Boyer brings to the Senate a wealth of experience as a lawyer, professor, health-care professional and researcher. She has made her mark fighting inequities to improve the delivery of health-care services to Canada’s Indigenous peoples.

Senator Boyer has dedicated herself to equality and justice for Indigenous peoples. As a lawyer, she is known for her collaborative approach. In her law practice, Senator Boyer worked to find solutions for clients by striving for a blend of approaches, both Western and Indigenous. She also has the distinction of being Ontario’s first Indigenous senator.

Sworn in on March 20, 2018.


Senator Robert Black (centre), joined by Senator Peter Harder (right) and Senator Frances Lankin (left), is sworn into the Senate.

Senator Robert Black, Ontario

Senator Robert Black devoted himself to the public good as a provincial government official, a municipal politician and as the head of and a volunteer at many community organizations.

He has deep roots in the rich agricultural region of southwestern Ontario. He has spent his career ensuring that rural issues get the attention they deserve, from serving on boards to leadership roles with the Ontario Soybean Growers and the Centre for Rural Leadership.

Of special note is the decades-long leadership of Senator Black within 4-H, an organization almost as old as the Senate of Canada, which has championed rural causes and developed leadership amongst children and youth.

Sworn in on February 27, 2018.