On December 22, 2008, it was announced that Senator John Wallace would be
appointed to the Senate of Canada, on the advice of Prime Minister Stephen
Harper, to represent the province of New Brunswick. Senator Wallace assumed
office on January 2, 2009.
Since his appointment, Senator Wallace has been a member of a number of
Senate Standing Committees including: Transport and Communications, Rules,
Procedures and the Rights of Parliament, and Co-chair of Scrutiny of
Regulations. Currently, he is the Chair of the Standing Committee on Legal and
Constitutional Affairs and is also a member of the Standing Committee on Energy,
the Environment and Natural Resources.
Senator Wallace was born in Toronto, Ontario and raised and educated in New
Brunswick. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration (1971) and
Bachelor of Laws (1973) degrees from the University of New Brunswick, where he
was also a member of the University’s varsity basketball and football teams.
During his thirty-three year professional career in Saint John, New
Brunswick, Senator Wallace served as Corporate Counsel for Irving Oil Limited
for seventeen years. He also had been a Partner with the law firms Palmer,
O’Connell, Leger, Turnbull and Turnbull and Stewart McKelvey.
Since retiring from the practice of law, Senator Wallace continued to have an
active role and involvement in the Greater Saint John community. He has been a
member of the Board of Governors of the University of New Brunswick, Board of
Governors of the New Brunswick Junior Achievement and Business Hall of Fame,
Board of Directors of the Saint John Art Centre, Steering Committee of the New
Brunswick Symphony, and Capital Campaign Cabinet of Saint John’s Imperial
Theatre. He has also served as Chair of the Saint John Recreational Facilities
Review Committee, President of the Saint John Development Corporation and was
founding President of the Saint John Waterfront Development Partnership.
During the course of his career, Senator Wallace has been the recipient of a
Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, a New Brunswick Day Merit Award from the City of
Saint John, a New Brunswick Day Merit Award from the Town of Rothesay, as well
as a designation by the Telegraph Journal as its Male Newsmaker of the Year.
Senator Wallace and his wife Gillian currently reside in Rothesay, New
Brunswick. They are proud parents of three children and one grandchild.