Independent Senator Rosa Galvez chaired the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources in the 42nd Parliament and currently serves on the Senate Standing Committee on National Finance, which oversaw the federal economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Originally from Peru, she is one of Canada’s leading experts on pollution control and its effect on human health. She has a PhD in environmental engineering from McGill University, and has been a professor at Université Laval à Québec since 1994, heading the civil and water engineering department from 2010 to 2016. She specializes in water and soil decontamination, waste management and residues, and environmental impact and risk assessment.
Throughout her career, she has been requested by private, governmental and community organizations to offer expert advice. She has also advised a number of international organizations, including on Canada-U.S. and Quebec-Vermont agreements regarding the protection of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. She also conducted an important study on the catastrophic oil spill at Lac-Mégantic.
Senator Galvez is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, a Fellow of Engineers Canada and a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. Her research has led her around the world to countries such as France, Italy, Belgium, Japan and China.
She was appointed to the Senate on December 6, 2016, representing Québec (Bedford).
Far from being merely “expenditures,” the federal government's fiscal update presents investments in the recovery as a “down payment” for a greener and more inclusive future Canada, says Sen. Rosa Galvez.
Parliamentarians must ensure the billions in financial assistance are deployed under the condition that they stabilize the economy, generate employment and that progress is monitored rigorously and transparently.