The Honourable Leo Housakos was appointed 44th Speaker of the Senate on May 4, 2015 by the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada and with the joint support of the Senate’s Leader of the Government and Leader of the Opposition.
In his role as Speaker, the Honourable Leo Housakos is eager to continue working towards modernizing the Senate and building a more transparent and accountable institution.
The duties of the Speaker are multi-faceted. It is the Speaker’s function to preside over the Senate proceedings, ensure the orderly flow of debate, and interpret parliamentary rules. He is also called to perform diplomatic duties at home and abroad consistent with the Speaker of the Senate’s fourth overall position in the Canadian Order of Precedence.
Speaker Housakos was first appointed to the Senate of Canada on the advice of Prime Minister Stephen Harper on December 22, 2008 to represent the region of Wellington, in the province of Quebec. Since his appointment to the Senate, he chaired the Advisory Working Group on Communications of the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration and served in various capacities on the following Senate standing committees: Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources; Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament; and, Transport and Communications. In December 2014, he was elected by his peers as Speaker Pro Tempore of the Senate. He currently chairs the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration.
Throughout his career, he has been actively involved in Canada’s political, community service and business sectors. Prior to his appointment to the Senate, he had worked as a ministerial staffer in the Ministry of Multiculturalism and was an advisor to the Mayor of Montreal. His business experience includes the positions of President of TERREAU Inc., President of Quadvision International, and Vice-President, Sales, Constant Laboratories. His community service includes two terms as Vice-President, National Issues, with the Hellenic Congress of Quebec, and he co-founded the Hellenic Board of Trade, a member of the Board of Trade of Greater Montreal.
The Honourable Leo Housakos was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1968. He graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts. He is married to Demi Papapanagiotou and they have two children, Peter and Tasso.