Chair, Board of Trustees (2002-2010)
Hugh Segal (Conservative, Kingston-Frontenac-Leeds), was appointed to the Senate in August, 2005 on the recommendation of Prime Minister Paul Martin. Prior to that, he served in the public policy and political realms as President of the Institute for Research on Public Policy, Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, Associate Secretary of Cabinet for Federal-Provincial Relations, Secretary to the Policy and Priorities Board in Ontario and Legislative Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition in Ottawa.
Senator Segal is the Chair of the Special Senate Committee on Anti-Terrorism, he is a former Chair and present member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and has served on the Agriculture & Forestry Committee and the Cities subcommittee of the Social Affairs, Science & Technology Committee of which he was Vice-Chair. He headed a NATO parliamentary delegation to Washington and is a former Chair (Calgary 2004) of the annual Canada-UK Colloquium.
Matters he initiated in the Senate dealing with job protection for returning members of the Armed Forces Reserves and quarterly financial reporting to the public for all government departments and Crown Corporations have been adopted by the government.
Outside the Senate, he is an adjunct faculty member of the Queen’s University School of Policy Studies and School of Business, a Fellow of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute in Calgary and a Life Fellow of the Institute for Research on Public Policy. He is a Council member of the Institute for Democratic and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) in Stockholm, a member of the Working Group on National Security at Cranfield University’s Centre for Security Sector Management, a former Chair of the Canadian Institute for Strategic Studies and former council member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in the UK. He was the founding Vice Chair (research) for the Canadian International Council. Other pro-bono work includes past service as Chair of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation and director of the Atlantic Council and Conference of Defence Associations in Canada. In the private sector, he is a Director of various private and public companies and Senior Research Fellow at the Macmillan LLP law firm of Montreal, Toronto and Calgary. On July 7, 2010, Senator Segal was appointed a member of the Eminent Persons Group of the Commonwealth Secretariat whose mandate is to prepare a report with recommendations for the way forward for Commonwealth countries.
A University of Ottawa graduate in history, he was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2003 and holds honourary doctorates from his alma mater and the Royal Military College of Canada.