Canada’s first turbaned Sikh is set to play role at the Senate.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently (Nov. 3) recommended six new independent Senators, including Sarabjit S. Marwah of Toronto, to the Governor General David Johnston to fill vacancies for Ontario in the Senate.
As first Canadian Sikh to play role as a senator, Marwah is a career banker. Most recently, he served as vice chairman and chief operating officer at Scotiabank. He holds master’s degree in economics from the University of Delhi and master’s of business administration degree from the University of California.
“In keeping with our commitment to Canadians, all vacant Senate seats will soon be filled. Together with the other recent nominees, they will be able to contribute to a Senate, which is reflective of our great country,” said Trudeau.
Earlier, a four-week process of selecting new Senators generated over 2,700 applications from across Canada. The candidates submissions were reviewed by the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments, which then provided the prime minister with non-binding recommendations. On Nov. 3, Trudeau recommended six names to the Governor General.
“Prime Minister Trudeau's recommendation of Sabi Marwah to the Senate of Canada is a proud moment for all Canadians. Marwah is a highly respected financial expert and dedicated community servant, who will enrich Canada's red chamber,” said Brampton East MP Raj Grewal.
Marwah has served on the boards of the C.D. Howe Institute, the Royal Ontario Museum, the United Way campaign, the Toronto International Film Festival, Humber River Regional Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children. He is currently member of the boards of Ryerson Futures Inc. and Scale Up Ventures. Both initiatives focused on enhancing innovation in Canada and supporting technology based start-ups.
He is also a founding member of the Sikh Foundation of Canada, and has worked to showcase the rich diversity of Sikh and South Asian art and culture.
Other five recommended senators are Gwen Boniface, a police leader, lawyer and educator; Tony Dean, a professor; human rights expert Kim Pate; lawyer and professor Howard Wetston; and Lucie Moncion, an expert in co-operative sector.