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Senator Iris G. Petten Joins Independent Senators Group

Senator Iris G. Petten Joins Independent Senators Group

OTTAWA, September 19, 2023 – Senator Iris G. Petten (Newfoundland and Labrador) announced today that she will be joining the Independent Senators Group (ISG). She is a seasoned entrepreneur, co-founder of Ocean Choice International, and a dedicated community volunteer, bringing with her over 35 years of experience in the fishing industry and a strong connection to coastal communities.

“I am pleased to be joining the Independent Senators Group effective today. I would like to thank the members of the ISG for welcoming me to a group which is founded on independent, collaborative, and inclusive decision-making. I look forward to working with the ISG, and all my colleagues, to address the important issues facing the country and my home province." – Senator Iris G. Petten

“We extend a warm welcome to Senator Iris G. Petten as she joins our group. Her sense of entrepreneurship, strong private sector experience, and broad scope of expertise are poised to enhance our collective endeavors. We eagerly anticipate the wealth of knowledge and insights she brings to the table.” - Senator Raymonde Saint-Germain, Facilitator of the Independent Senators Group

Senator Iris G. Petten was nominated to the Senate on May 3 2023, through the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments. Her addition to the Independent Senators Group brings the total membership to 39.


Dedicated to serving Canadians and democracy, the Independent Senators Group (ISG) provides informed and non-partisan sober second thought to legislation and contemporary issues our country is facing.

Founded in 2016, the ISG has led the reform transition to a more independent and less-partisan Senate, reflecting the needs and views of a diverse and modern Canada.

For more information please contact:

Ro Izzetpanah

Senior Communications Specialist

Independent Senators Group Secretariat


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