Honourable Senator Tobias C. Enverga Jr., 1st Canadian Senator of Filipino Descent. Humble Public Servant, Champion of Multiculturalism, Voice for the Special Needs.
About the Senator
Senator Enverga was appointed to the Senate of Canada on September 6, 2012, where he sat as a Conservative, representing the province of Ontario.
He was born in the Philippines, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Letran College. He earned a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and a Computer Studies Certificate from Centennial College.
At the time of his appointment, he was a project manager at the Bank of Montreal, where he has worked for, more than 30 years. He was the first Filipino-Canadian elected to public office in the City of Toronto, having served as a school trustee for the Toronto Catholic District School Board.
On November 16, 2017, the Senator passed away suddenly while on a Parliamentary trip in Colombia to attend the ParlAmericas Annual Plenary Assembly.
Senator Enverga is survived by his wife Rosemer and their 3 daughters.
Working in the community
He was also co-chair of the Asian Heritage Month Celebration for the Greater Toronto Area and was previously a director of the Canadian Multicultural Council – Asians in Ontario. He founded the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, for his community work.
The Senator was a member of the following Senate Standing Committees prior to his passing:
Aboriginal Peoples (APPA) refers bills, messages, petitions, inquiries, papers and other matters relating to the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada.
Banking, Trade and Commerce (BANC), which has the mandate to examine legislation and to study issues related to banking, insurance, trust and loan companies, credit societies, caisses populaires and small loans companies. It is also responsible for considering customs and excise issues, taxation legislation, patents, royalties, corporate affairs, and bankruptcy-related issues, and
Fisheries and Oceans (POFO), which has the mandate to study issues relating to the fisheries and oceans generally. Among others, it is particularly interested in the management of oceans, aquatic resources and fisheries, aquatic life and ecosystems, the fishing industry and the safety of waterways. The committee is also interested in the federal government’s current and evolving framework for managing Canada’s fisheries and oceans..
In addition, he was previously a member of the following committees:
Agriculture and Forestry (AGFO), Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament (RPRD) and Social Affairs, Science and Technology (SOCI).