5 new independent senators
So far, 80 independent senators have been appointed under the new process.
Five new independent senators took their seats in the Red Chamber for the first time on Tuesday following a swearing in ceremony.
- Senator Mohammad Al Zaibak represents Ontario.
- Senator Marnie McBean represents Ontario.
- Senator Mary Robinson represents Prince Edward Island.
- Senator Paulette Senior represents Ontario.
- Senator Toni Varone represents Ontario.
The new senators were appointed on the recommendation of an independent advisory board with a mandate to provide merit-based recommendations for Senate appointments. So far, 80 independent senators have been appointed under the new process.
“To my five newest colleagues: your wealth of experience, accomplishments and leadership skills are welcome additions to the Senate. I look forward to working with each of you,” said Senator Marc Gold, the Government Representative in the Senate.
Senator Al Zaibak is a successful entrepreneur and generous philanthropist. He is an expert in public-private partnerships and international negotiations, especially in the technology sectors.
Senator McBean is an Olympic Gold medalist, celebrated for her triumphs rowing for Canada in 1992 and 1996. She went on to become an athlete mentor.
Senator Robinson brings a wealth of experience to the Senate as the managing partner of the Robinson Group of Companies, a sixth-generation farm and agribusiness in Prince Edward Island.
Senator Senior has devoted her life and career to women’s issues. She is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Women’s Foundation and was previously the Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Canada.
Senator Varone is a businessman and philanthropist who has been recognized for his work in building affordable housing and his commitment to the social and cultural life of the Italian-Canadian community.