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Clerk of the Senate


As the Senate’s chief administrative officer, the Clerk of the Senate manages the Senate’s day-to-day operation. The Clerk also supports all aspects of the legislative process, from the swearing-in of new Senators to advising the Speaker on parliamentary procedure and interpretation of the rules. As Clerk of the Parliaments, the Clerk is custodian of all original Acts and is responsible for certifying true copies of these Acts.

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Role and Responsibilities

The position of Clerk of the Senate and Clerk of the Parliaments is a Governor in Council appointment made pursuant to paragraph 130(b) of the Public Service Employment Act and reports to the Speaker of the Senate. The position supports all aspects of the legislative process and oversees the legislative services provided by the Senate. The role of Clerk of the Parliaments is custodian of all original Acts and is responsible for certifying true copies of these Acts.

The Clerk of the Senate and Clerk of the Parliaments and Chief Legislative Services Officer is one of three senior executive positions responsible for the overall management of the Senate Administration, and shares this responsibility with the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel and Chief Parliamentary Precinct Services Officer as well as the Chief Corporate Services Officer. Together, they are accountable to the Senate through the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration.


Nicole Proulx

Nicole Proulx
Nicole Proulx
Ms. Proulx has provided exemplary service and leadership since joining the Senate in 1998. She was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2007 and served on numerous senior management committees, further broadening her extensive knowledge of corporate governance. She has noteworthy experience working with federal departments, central agencies, legislative assemblies, and private sector firms.

Since 2015, Mrs. Proulx has held the position of Clerk of the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration and Chief Corporate Services Officer. In this position, Ms. Proulx was responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction to the Corporate Services sector of the Senate, which includes the Finance and Procurement Directorate, Human Resources Directorate, Information Services Directorate, Communications Directorate, and Policy and Planning Directorate. She also supported the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration (CIBA) as its most senior corporate and procedural advisor. The Committee oversees and directs the internal management and affairs of the Senate. During the interim period, Ms. Proulx will continue to serve as Clerk of CIBA while a selection process is initiated to staff the position permanently.

Ms. Proulx holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Ottawa. She is also an active member of the Canadian Association of Parliamentary Administration (CAPA) as well as the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX).


SOURCE: Senate of Canada.

See also
Senate
Former Clerks

External Links
Parliament of Canada Official Website


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