Mandate and members

What is the mandate of the Advisory Board?

The Advisory Board is an independent and non-partisan body whose mandate is to provide non-binding, merit-based recommendations to the Prime Minister on Senate appointments. It was established on January 19, 2016 and consists of three permanent federal members and two members from each of the provinces or territories where a vacancy is to be filled‍. The Advisory Board is chaired by one of the federal members and is supported by the Privy Council Office. 

Terms of reference for the Advisory Board

What is the role of the Advisory Board?

An open application process has been established to allow Canadians to apply for appointment to the Senate.

The Advisory Board assesses applications based on public, merit-based criteria, in order to identify Canadians who would make a significant contribution to the work of the Senate. The criteria helps to ensure a high standard of integrity, collaboration, and non-partisanship in the Senate.

The Advisory Board provides a short-list of five names for each vacancy to the Prime Minister for his consideration, in accordance with their Terms of reference.

How many members sit on the Advisory Board?

The Advisory Board has five members: a federal Chair, two other federal members and two ad hoc provincial or territorial members for the province or territory where a vacancy is being filled.

Who are the current federal members of the Advisory Board?

  • Huguette Labelle (Chair)

    Huguette Labelle holds a PhD (education) degree from the University of Ottawa, has honorary degrees from 12 Canadian universities, and from the University of Notre Dame, United States. She is a Companion of the Order of Canada. In addition, she is a recipient of the Order of Ontario, the Vanier Medal of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Public Service of Canada, the McGill University Management Achievement Award and La Francophonie’s Ordre de la Pléiade.

    Ms. Labelle is Emeritus Governor of the University of Ottawa, and was Chancellor of the University of Ottawa from 1994 to 2012. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Rideau Hall Foundation board, Vice-Chair of Global Financial Integrity, member and former chair of Transparency International, board member of the Global Centre for Pluralism and board member of the Aga Khan Museum. Ms. Labelle is also a member of RESOLVE’s Natural Resources and Energy Leadership Council and Advisory Board, and the University of Ottawa Campaign Cabinet, as well as a former board member of UN Global Compact.

    Ms. Labelle served for 19 years as deputy minister in various Canadian government departments, including Secretary of State, Transport Canada, the Public Service Commission, and the Canadian International Development Agency.

  • Melissa Blake

    Melissa Blake was elected to six consecutive terms, beginning in 1998, for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. She was first elected as mayor in October 2004 and concluded her final term in 2017.

    Being the top elected official for one of Canada's largest municipalities brought with it tremendous challenges and opportunities. Wood Buffalo is the heart of Canada's energy industry and is often subject to global scrutiny. When the 2016 Horse River Wildfire forced the evacuation of 88,000 people, Mayor Blake’s strength and dedication earned the hearts and minds of Albertans, Canadians and the world. In Wood Buffalo, she worked hard to get her citizens "home".

    Ms. Blake has served on numerous committees in addition to her regular council duties, including those related to development, protective services, community services and affordable housing. She has also served on two provincial associations.

    Ms. Blake brought a range of experience including public affairs, materials & services and human resources to elected service from her corporate career. She holds a Bachelor of Administration degree from Athabasca University and has received numerous awards for her work.

    She resides permanently in Fort McMurray, Alberta with her husband and two sons.

  • François Rolland

    The Honourable François Rolland was appointed a Superior Court of Quebec justice in 1996 and Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Quebec in 2004, a position he held until he retired in 2015.

    Following his retirement, the Quebec government appointed Mr. Rolland as Director of the Voluntary Reimbursement Program, where he served until the program ended in November 2017. He also presides over private mediation and arbitration mandates, involving mostly commercial matters, including large multi-jurisdictional class actions.

    Mr. Rolland, Advocatus Emeritus, is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a founding member of the Institut québécois de réforme du droit et de la justice since 2018 and Vice President since 2024, a member of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), a founding member and former chair of the Judges’ Forum of the CBA, and a past president of the CBA’s Quebec Branch and of the Young Bar of Montréal. Mr. Rolland was awarded the Louis St-Laurent award for his exceptional contribution to the CBA and the CBA’s Centennial Medal.

    A board member of the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, Mr. Rolland is also a member of the International Insolvency Institute and a Commissioner of Ethics for the Barreau du Québec. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Centre d’accès à l’information juridique from 2015 to 2021, including Vice President from 2017 to 2019, and was Chair of the Board of Directors of Éducaloi from 2017 to 2023. He also taught ethics at the National Judicial Institute for 10 years.

    The Honourable François Rolland graduated from University of Montreal in 1974 and was called to the Barreau du Québec in 1975. Before his appointment as a judge, he was a partner at the law firm Fasken Martineau, practising mainly in the field of commercial and civil litigation.

    In 2019, he joined Langlois lawyers as Senior Counsel, Mediator and Arbitrator.

Who are the current provincial or territorial members of the Advisory Board?

Alberta

  • Linda Hughes

    Linda Hughes began her career at the Edmonton Journal in 1976 and became its Publisher and President in 1992. She was the first woman in Canada to hold this position at a major newspaper, a position she held until her journalism career concluded in 2006. From 2003 to 2005, she was also the general manager for CanWest Media Works, which included responsibilities for the Calgary Herald and four Global TV stations.

    Following her service on the Board of Directors of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, she served as Chair of the Board of Alberta Health Services from 2015 to 2019. She has also served on countless boards of directors, including the Torstar Corporation, the Edmonton Community Foundation, the Edmonton Homeless Commission, the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, the Strategy Council for the Mazankowski Heart Institute and the National Newspaper Awards, to name but a few. From 2008 to 2012, she was Chancellor of the University of Alberta. In 2023, she was appointed to serve as a member of the Independent Advisory Board on Eligibility for Journalism Tax Measures.

    Ms. Hughes, a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence, has received numerous awards, such as an Honourary Doctor of Laws and Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Victoria and an Honourary Doctor of Laws from the University of Alberta. She was honoured by the YWCA with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and by Canadian Women in Communications with the Trailblazer Award. She has also been inducted into the Alberta Business Hall of Fame and the City of Edmonton Hall of Fame, and has received the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal and the Alberta Centennial Medal.

    She graduated with honours from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Economics and was awarded a Southam Fellowship for Journalists to study at the University of Toronto.

  • Sheila Risbud

    Sheila Risbud is a sustainable development leader with close to 30 years of experience in the private and public sectors. Over the past 10 years, she has been employed at Teck Resources Limited, a diversified natural resource company, where she has held progressively senior roles in the areas of regulatory and government affairs, Indigenous consultation and project development. She is currently the Vice President, Sustainable Development, Coal. Prior to joining Teck, she worked for the federal government for over 15 years, with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and Environment Canada.

    Ms. Risbud is an active member of her community and was most recently the elected President and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Association Canadienne française de l’Alberta.

    Ms. Risbud holds a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa. She also completed the University of Alberta’s Environmental Resource Management Program.

British Columbia

  • Kathryn Berge

    Kathryn Berge is an advocate, arbitrator and mediator specializing in wills and estates, family law and general civil litigation who lives in Victoria, British Columbia. She has served as an adjudicator for the British Columbia Civil Resolution Tribunal and the British Columbia Review Board.

    She was an elected bencher (governor) of the Law Society of British Columbia from 2006 to 2013 and is now a life bencher. In 1996 she was designated Queen’s Counsel.

    She has previously served as chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Committee on Ethics and Professional Issues and of its National Awards Committee. She has also chaired provincial Canadian Bar Association sections on wills, estates and fiduciary relationships, alternative dispute resolution, and family law.

    Ms. Berge has been a legal instructor for many years, and a guest lecturer on legal issues and mediation at the Law Society of British Columbia, the University of Victoria and other institutions.

    She has been awarded the Victoria Bar Association’s Pamela Murray Award, the Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch Women Lawyers Forum Award of Excellence and the Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch President’s Medal.

    Ms. Berge received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Alberta. She has served her community through volunteer work for local sports, school and community groups.

  • Linda Locke

    Linda Locke, King's Counsel, has dedicated her career to helping Indigenous people and other disadvantaged residents navigate their way through the Canadian legal system. She is the manager of the Hazelton-based Upper Skeena Counselling and Legal Assistance Society, which assists individuals across northern British Columbia with everything from poverty and family law to community development initiatives and access to justice issues. As manager of the USCLAS, she played a key role in the development and opening of the Hazelton Indigenous Court in 2022.

    She was the first Indigenous woman in B.C. appointed as Queen’s Counsel, an honour she received in 2006. A member of the Stó:lō Nation from the Fraser Valley, Ms. Locke began her career as a social worker and, later, a probation officer. But it was her work as an Elizabeth Fry Society court worker that inspired her to consider a career in law. She attended law school at Queen’s University and was the recipient of the university’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2009. She was also the recipient of the Canadian Bar Association’s Community Service Award in 2003.

Manitoba

  • Sofia Mirza

    Sofia Mirza has been practising law with Fillmore Riley LLP since 2002 and became a partner in 2012. She currently serves on several boards, including Manitoba’s Advisory Council on Economic Immigration and Settlement, the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba, the Muslim Legacy Fund, Economic Development Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. She is a past president of the Manitoba Bar Association, a former guest instructor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba and other colleges in Canada, and an elected executive member of the Immigration Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. Ms. Mirza is also a frequent speaker at conferences on immigration law matters. She applies her martial arts expertise as a 5th Degree Black Belt and 2019 member of Team Canada in Shotokan Karate, along with her legal background, to serve as national arbitrator for the International Shotokan Karate Federation of Canada.

    Ms. Mirza, King’s Counsel, is a recipient of the Canadian Bar Association Volunteer Appreciation Award and was twice recognized as Lawyer of the Year in Immigration Law by Best Lawyers in Canada. She attended the University of Manitoba, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Major, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws.

  • Ash Modha

    Ash Modha is the CEO, Chairman and Founder of Mondetta Clothing. With its global headquarters in Winnipeg, Manitoba, his company designs and manufactures apparel globally for retailers worldwide.

    In addition to leading Mondetta Clothing, Mr. Modha has also been involved in several non-profit endeavours and organizations, including the board of directors for the Health Sciences Foundation, the Bank of Canada Blue Ribbon panel, the Royal Bank Young Advisory Council, and the Premier’s Economic Advisory Council, during which time he also chaired an image task force and the Minister’s Trade Advisory Council. He currently sits on the Board of Governors at Balmoral Hall School, is an IDEA Committee member of The Associates and is a board member of the Business Council of Manitoba, where he co-chairs its Truth and Reconciliation Committee. Most recently, he joined Premier Wab Kinew’s advisory team and now co-chairs the Premier’s Business and Jobs Council.

    Mr. Modha graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.A. in Economics.

New Brunswick

  • Ann McCain Evans

    Ann McCain Evans is a recipient of the Order of Canada in recognition of her philanthropic commitment. She has supported many innovative projects dedicated to arts and culture, health, education and the environment, at the regional, provincial and national levels. Her enduring commitment has benefited many boards, including those of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Nature Trust of New Brunswick and Ovarian Cancer Canada. Through her leadership roles with The McCain Foundation and the Harrison McCain Foundation, she has ensured literacy and education initiatives have a lasting impact across Atlantic Canada, particularly in New Brunswick.

    Ms. McCain Evans has also served on the Montreal Board of Trade, the Montreal SPCA, the Steering Committee of the Westmount Environment Action Committee, and the Huntsman Marine Science Centre. She was a director of the St. John Ambulance Foundation, Quebec Council and served on the Board of Governors at Acadia University.

    She graduated with a Certificat, Langues, Littérature et Civilisation from L’Université de Grenoble in France as well as a BA in Politics and History from Trent University.

  • Donald Joseph Savoie

    Dr. Donald J. Savoie is a leading Canadian expert on public policy, public administration and federalism. Born in New Brunswick, Dr. Savoie is a proud Acadian who has served as an advisor to several federal, provincial and territorial government departments and agencies, private-sector entities, independent associations, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Bank, and the United Nations. He currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Public Administration and Governance at the Université de Moncton, and was Visiting Scholar at the Blavatnik School of Government Oxford University for the Hillary term 2024. He previously held senior positions with the federal government, including Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Board and Deputy Principal of the Canadian Centre for Management Development.

    A Companion of the Order of Canada as well as a recipient of the Order of New Brunswick and the Order of Moncton, Dr. Savoie is also an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has received several awards and prizes for his work internationally, notably the Vanier Gold Medal (1999), the Trudeau Fellowships Prize (2004), the Sun Life Public Service Citation Award (2004), the prestigious 2015 Killam Prize in recognition of his exceptional career achievements in social sciences, and the 2016 Donner Prize for best Canadian book on public policy.

    He obtained a doctorate in philosophy and a doctorate in literature from Oxford University and has been awarded eight honorary doctorates by Canadian universities. Dr. Savoie was elected a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford in 2006 and named Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics in 2007. He was also a Senior Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University in 2001-2002.

    A prolific author, Dr. Savoie has published more than 50 books and over 200 articles in leading journals of political science, public administration and public policy and in some of the world’s leading newspapers in Canada, the U.K., India and the United States. Averse to cynicism in politics, his extensive knowledge and his experience of great institutions have convinced him of the real possibility that they can be instrumental in furthering the welfare of individuals.

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Both positions are currently vacant

Northwest Territories

  • Both positions are currently vacant

Nova Scotia

  • Heidi Jamieson-Mills

    Heidi Jamieson-Mills is a Chartered Professional Accountant and currently holds the position of Director of Finance for the IWK Health Centre Charitable Foundation since July 2023. She is also currently a member of the Board of Trustees for Crombie REIT. Prior to the IWK, she held the position of Senior Vice President Finance, Reporting and Treasury at Sobeys Inc where she had been employed since 2004. Previously, she worked for Grant Thornton LLP as an Accountant and Tax Manager.

    Ms. Jamieson-Mills serves her community as Treasurer and Director of the Pictou County Community Health Centre Society. She is also past Treasurer and Director at the Aberdeen Health Foundation Society from 2017 to 2023. She has also held the Treasurer and Vice Chair roles at Tearmann Society for Abused Women, and been a Director for Highland Community Residential Services Foundation and the Race on the River, Dragonboat Society. Prior to this, she also served on several boards and groups such as the Finance Committee for the Atlantic Film Festival, the Plaid Marquee Film Society, the Pictou County Historical Society and Toastmasters Truro.

    Ms. Jamieson-Mills was recognized as one of the Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Most Powerful Women (Professional Category) in 2020, as well as one of Atlantic Canada’s top 50 leaders under 35 in 2010.

    She attended Dalhousie University and graduated with honours with a Bachelor of Commerce Co-op, concentration in Accounting.

  • Corrine Sparks

    A descendant of early Black settlers in Nova Scotia, Corrine “Connie” Sparks grew up in rural Nova Scotia and graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with an economics degree. She went on to earn a Bachelor and a Master of Laws degree from Dalhousie University. After graduation with her LL.B, she practiced in a small law firm, specializing in family, real estate and civil litigation law; at this time she also served on the board of several organizations ranging from the Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children to the Canadian Mental health Association.

    In 1987, Ms. Sparks was appointed to the Nova Scotia Family Court, becoming the first African Nova Scotian to be appointed to the Bench, and the first African Canadian female to serve on the judiciary in Canada. For several years, as part of the new judges training program offered by the Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges, she lectured in the area of gender and racial discrimination and the courts. She also served as chair of the education committee for the Nova Scotia Provincial Judges’ Association.

    Internationally, Ms. Sparks has been honoured to work with the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), along with other international organizations. Throughout her career as a Family Court judge, for nearly thirty-five years, she has helped to promote judicial education, both at the provincial and national level. Her work with the IAWJ, Canadian Chapter, in particular, in keeping with its mandate, has helped to advance equality and human rights for women. Ms. Sparks has served on the board of directors; and was one of the founding members of the IAWJ, Canadian Chapter.

    Her work has earned her numerous awards and recognition including the prestigious Weldon Award for Unselfish Public Service from the Schulich School of Law, the Bertha Wilson Touchstone Award from the Canadian Bar Association, the Harry Jerome African Canadian Achievement Award for Excellence in Law, and the Elizabeth Fry Society “Rebel with a Cause” Award. She was also inducted by the Dalhousie Law Alumni Association to the Bertha Wilson Honour Society and is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Mount Saint Vincent University.

Nunavut

  • Jeremiah Groves

    Jeremiah Groves was born and raised and resides in Iqaluit. Throughout his life, Mr. Groves has been passionate about Canadian history and the environment. He is an avid outdoorsman, harvester and provides country food for his family and residents of Iqaluit, a passion that speaks to his deep commitment to traditional Inuit culture and values.

    Mr. Groves has held positions with the Government of Nunavut and was the Director of Operations with Qikiqtaaluk Corporation before he joined the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) as Executive Director in 2015. During his time with the QIA, he has overseen the expansion of both QIA and Inuit interests across the regions in the areas of mining, marine protected areas, and fisheries reconciliation. He is committed to ensuring the QIA benefits all Inuit of the Qikiqtani Region for generations to come.

    Mr. Groves attended Nunavut Sivuniksavut in Ottawa, Nunavut Arctic College (Environmental Technology Program), St. Mary’s University (project management studies) and Queen’s University (Analytical Services Unit).

  • David Omilgoitok

    David Omilgoitok, from Cambridge Bay, is a management executive and a former senior public servant. He is currently the President and CEO of Kitikmeot Corporation, the business development arm of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association. In that position since 2012, he serves as a board member overseeing a number of the Corporation’s investments, and works with a broad group of northern Indigenous peoples pursuing telecommunications interests.

    Mr. Omilgoitok was formerly Chair of the Board of Qulliq Energy Corporation. Prior to that role, he spent 22 years in public service with the governments of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. From 2000 to 2010, he served as Deputy Minister of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs as well as Secretary to Cabinet for the Government of Nunavut.

    Mr. Omilgoitok holds a diploma in business administration from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and is an alumnus of the Banff School of Advanced Management.

Ontario

  • Anthony Primerano

    Anthony Primerano is a business leader with over 20 years of experience assuring strategic successes in both the private and public sectors. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Western Ontario and is currently the Director of Government Relations for the Laborers’ International Union of North America—the largest trade union in North America, with 600,000 members. He was hired to improve the union’s position within all levels of government, address key regulatory and policy issues, and clarify the union’s messaging.

    He previously worked for MGIC, a mortgage insurance company based in the United States, to direct its marketing and communications strategy when it launched in the Canadian market. He has also worked as the ministerial chief of staff for Veterans Affairs Canada, National Defence and Canadian Heritage, and has advised Fortune 500 companies on corporate affairs, communications, and reputation management.

    Mr. Primerano served on the board of advisers for Clover Insurance Brokers, the oldest licensed brokerage firm in Canada, and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and chaired the advisory board for Integrated Planning and Solutions, a multi-faceted insurance brokerage firm.

    Mr. Primerano is an active volunteer within his community, particularly as a member of the board of directors for Ontario Track 3, a charitable organization that gives children with disabilities access to alpine sports. He has received a Governor General’s award and the University of Toronto Arbor Award.

  • Murray Segal

    Following a distinguished career with the Ontario government, including eight years as Deputy Attorney General of Ontario and a stint as Deputy Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, Murray Segal now practises as an independent legal counsel and consultant in Toronto. His practice focuses on helping the public and broader public service to improve the delivery of services and access to justice.

    Mr. Segal was the chief legal adviser to the Government of Ontario and an adviser to Cabinet, the Attorney General, other ministers, and deputy ministers. In that capacity, he oversaw all government litigation and the development of legislation. Prior to his time as Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Segal was the Chief Prosecutor for the Province of Ontario, leading the largest provincial prosecution service in Canada.

    Mr. Segal is certified as a criminal law specialist by the Law Society of Ontario and is the author of numerous legal publications, with a particular focus on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, disclosure, and procedure. He also frequently participates in continuing education programs.

    Mr. Segal is the president of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Mental Health Association of Toronto and has served on the Board of Trustees of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. In 2013, he was appointed as a member of the Ontario Review Board. He also serves as a presiding officer at inquests. Mr. Segal has authored many reports including a report to the Province of Nova Scotia on the justice system’s handling of the Rehtaeh Parsons matter. He co-authored a report for Ontario on improving the Ontario Provincial Police’s workplace culture with an emphasis on sound mental health.

Prince Edward Island

  • Both positions are currently vacant

Quebec

  • Kathy Fazel

    As Senior Investment Counsellor for RBC PH&N Investment Counsel, Kathy Fazel provides comprehensive investment management for individuals, their families, corporations and charitable foundations. She joined the firm in 2006, after working at a leading Canadian investment management firm for almost 15 years as a financial analyst and portfolio manager. She obtained her Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1994, after graduating from McGill University with a Bachelor of Commerce Joint Honours degree in Economics and Finance.

    With a long history of volunteering in the community, Ms. Fazel is Past President of the Board of the Foundation of Greater Montréal, after having chaired the Investment Committee and served as Vice President. She is also Governor Emerita at McGill University, after serving on the Board of Governors for over 10 years.

    In recognition of her significant contributions to the community, Ms. Fazel is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2018, she received the Award for Jury's Special Choice by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Quebec, to highlight her commitment to impactful volunteering. In 2020, she was named the winner of the Inspiration Award-Andrée Corriveau, by the Association of Quebec Women in Finance. In 2023, the McGill Alumni Association honoured her with the D. Lorne Gales Special Recognition Award for her contributions and achievements in service to the McGill community.

  • Pierre Matuszewski

    Pierre Matuszewski is a senior executive with over 40 years of experience in the Canadian financial services industry. From 1997 to 2018, he held various roles at Société Générale (Canada), a Schedule II Canadian chartered bank that is part of Société Générale, an international bank headquartered in France. He was also the first Canadian to lead the Canadian operations of Société Générale when he took over as President and CEO in 2009, a position he held until 2018. Earlier in his career, he held a number of senior management positions with various leading Canadian institutions.

    Mr. Matuszewski was appointed to Export Development Canada’s board of directors in 2018 and 2022, and currently sits on the boards of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund, FinDev Canada, and is Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors of McGill University. He is also past Chair of Financial Executives International (Canada), past Chair of Arion Baroque Orchestra and a former Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces (Reserve).

    In addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Laval University and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from McGill University, Mr. Matuszewski holds numerous professional coaching and leadership certificates and runs his own executive coaching practice. In 2021, he was elected Councillor of the Village of Senneville, a community on the outskirts of Montreal.

Saskatchewan

  • Dale Eisler

    Dale Eisler has an extensive background in the federal public service and Canadian journalism. He spent 16 years in senior positions with the Government of Canada, including Assistant Secretary to Cabinet (Consultations and Communications) at the Privy Council Office. He was also Assistant Deputy Minister for the Energy Security, Prosperity, Sustainability Task Force at Natural Resources Canada, Assistant Deputy Minister of Communications at Finance Canada and Consul General for Canada in Denver, Colorado. Before joining the federal government, Mr. Eisler spent 26 years as a journalist in Saskatchewan and Alberta. He is also the author of three works of nonfiction and one historical novel, based on his family history, which became the basis for a feature film. His most recent book, From Left to Right, Saskatchewan’s Political and Economic Transformation, was shortlisted by the Writers’ Trust of Canada for the 2023 Shaughnessy Cohen Award as political book of the year. It won the Jennifer Welsh 2023 Saskatchewan Book Award for scholarly writing.

    Mr. Eisler received the 2013 Joan Atkinson Federal Public Service Award of Excellence. He is a senior policy fellow at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina and the Principal of Anton Group. He holds a Master of Arts from Vermont College (Union Institute) and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan.

  • Jennifer Molloy

    Jennifer Molloy has been CEO of the Royal University Hospital Foundation since March 2022. Prior to this role, she held several positions at the University of Saskatchewan, including as Director of Development of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and Development Officer at the College of Law.  She has also held fundraising positions at St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation and the Canadian Red Cross.

    Ms. Molloy, a Certified Fund Raising Executive, served as President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Saskatoon Chapter) and volunteered as a director on the boards of READ Saskatoon and Haven Family Connections for several years. She also served on the boards of the Lakeview Community Association, the Parents’ Child Development Cooperative and the Kidney Research Foundation of Saskatchewan, to name but a few.

    Ms. Molloy is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) from the University of Saskatchewan. She resides in Saskatoon.

Yukon

  • Both positions are currently vacant

How are the members appointed to the Advisory Board?

The Governor in Council, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, appoints the Advisory Board members. Consultations with provincial or territorial governments are undertaken in order to inform the appointment of provincial or territorial members.

How long is each Advisory Board member’s term?

Members of the Advisory Board each serve a term not exceeding three years.

May an Advisory Board member’s term be renewed?

Yes, a member’s term may be renewed.

Are members of the Advisory Board paid for their services?

Advisory Board members are entitled to a per diem rate which is consistent with the Remuneration guidelines for part-time Governor in Council appointees in agencies, boards and commissions. This per diem range is $375-$450 for members and $550-$650 for the Chairperson.

Can I contact the Chair or other members of the Advisory Board?

Yes. The Secretariat for the Advisory Board is responsible for managing the Board’s correspondence. Click here to find out how to contact the Advisory Board.

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