MANILA, Philippines - A Filipino-Canadian was named as one of the five new senators of Canada.
The appointment of Tobias Enverga Jr. to the Upper Chamber of Canada was lauded by the group, Global Filipino Nation (GFN).
"He is the first Filipino-Canadian elected in the City of Toronto and is Trustee of the Toronto Catholic District School Board," the group said.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the appointment last Friday, one of the appointive positions representing Canada’s provinces and territories.
The other new senators are Diane Bellemare of Quebec; Thanh Hai of Ontario; Thomas Johnson McInnis of Nova Scotia; and Paul E. McIntyre of New Brunswick.
Enverga, 57, is a convenor of GFN and Chair of Global Filipinos Canada.
In 2012, Enverga was awarded the Queen’s 60th Diamond Jubilee Medal of Distinction.
He is the founder of the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation and has served as a director of the Canadian Multicultural Council – Asians in Ontario. He is an active member of the Knights of Rizal and the Knights of Columbus.
A banker by profession, Enverga was project manager at the Bank of Montreal where he worked for more than three decades.
Enverga received his degree in Economics from Letran College and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto.
The Toronto resident hails from Lucena, Quezon province. He is married to Rosemer Albovias Enverga, with whom he has 3 daughters, Rystle, Rocel and Reeza.