Former Supreme Civil Servant and Medical Association President Becomes Senator


Ian Shugart, longtime bureaucrat and national Up Civil A servant was asked for a seat in the Senate at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Gigi Osler, a Winnipeg surgeon, professor at the University of Manitoba, and president of the Canadian Federation of Women in Medicine, is also set to become a senator.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the nominations today after the two were recommended to him by an independent advisory committee for appointment to the Senate.

Shugart, who will represent Ontario, resigned as Privy Council Secretary in early 2021, underwent cancer treatment, and after a long civil service career, officially retired in May.

Prime Minister Trudeau also appointed him to the King’s Privy Council, adding his name to a list that includes past and current ministers and those “honored for their services to Canada,” according to the prime minister’s office.

Representing Manitoba, Osler served as president of the Canadian Medical Association in 2018 as the first female surgeon and first racialized woman.

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