The Prime Minister announces the appointment of two senators

2023 May 3

Today, I welcome Jane MacAdam and Iris Petten as Parliament’s newest independent senators. I know that their unique perspectives, wealth of knowledge, and passion for people will help them be strong voices for Atlantic Canadians. I look forward to working with them, and with all senators, as we continue to make life better for all Canadians.

The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that the Governor General appointed Jane MacAdam and Iris Petten as independent senators to fill vacancies for Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, respectively.

Jane MacAdam is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 40 years of experience in legislative auditing, including serving as Auditor General of Prince Edward Island. Throughout her career, Ms. MacAdam has been a member of various professional organizations and committees, including the Canadian Council of Legislative Auditors. In 2019, Ms. MacAdam received a Fellow designation from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Prince Edward Island, in recognition of her exceptional leadership and service to the profession.

Iris Petten is an entrepreneur, community volunteer, and senior executive with over 35 years of experience in the fishing industry. Ms. Petten has maintained a close connection with coastal communities, having served on several boards and volunteered with numerous organizations in the province. Ms. Petten is the proud recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she served three terms as the chair of the Board of Regents from 2013 to 2022.

Ms. MacAdam and Ms. Petten were recommended by the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments, and chosen using a merit-based process open to all Canadians. This process ensures senators are independent, reflect Canada’s diversity, and are able to tackle the broad range of challenges and opportunities facing the country.