Six new faces will be heading to Parliament Hill to represent Ontario as independent senators.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the new appointees “exceptional candidates”.
- Gwen Boniface, the OPP’s first female commissioner
- Tony Dean, a University of Toronto public policy scholar and former deputy minister in the Ontario government
- Sarabjit S. Marwah, a former Scotiabank COO
- Lucie Moncion, CEO of the Caisse Populaire network of credit unions
- Howard Wetston, a lawyer, professor and former head of the Ontario Securities Commission
- Kim Pate, a part-time law professor and human rights expert who is executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
These six will join nine other new senators, who were named last week in an appointment process that was open to applications for the first time ever.
An independent advisory board tasked with providing appointment recommendations to the prime minister received more than 2,700 applications from people across Canada. It’s the governor general who appoints senators, generally based on the prime minister’s advice.
“These men and women were selected using the government’s new merit-based system, a real example of democracy in action that will contribute to a more modern and independent Upper Chamber,” Trudeau said in a press release. “I look forward to working with those summoned to the Senate and seeing them use their remarkable knowledge and experience to benefit our great country.”