Robinson named to the Senate of Canada

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Agriculture leader Mary Robinson has been named to the Senate, representing Prince Edward Island.

Robinson is currently the vice-president of the World Farmers’ Organisation and is a managing partner of the Robinson Group of Companies, a 6th-generation farm and agribusiness in Prince Edward Island.

She is the past president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, becoming the first woman to hold that position in 2019. Robinson also served as the first female chair at the Canadian Agriculture Human Resource Council, and held the presidency of the PEI Federation of Agriculture from 2015 to 2017. She currently serves on the UPEI Board of Governors and the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity board of directors.

“Mary has consistently been a stalwart leader and advocate for Canadian agriculture. We are thrilled to see someone of her caliber, with extensive knowledge, expertise, and a profound understanding of agriculture, join the Senate,” says Keith Currie, current president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. Currie served as vice-president during Robinson’s time as president.

Under the Canadian Constitution, the Governor General appoints individuals to the Senate. By convention, senators are appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister.

“Ms. Robinson’s experience in agriculture and business will bring an important perspective to the Senate, where she will be a strong voice for Atlantic Canada,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in a statement. “I look forward to working with her to make life better for Canadians from coast to coast to coast.”

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