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Senator Osler was appointed to the Senate of Canada on September 26, 2022.

Flordeliz (Gigi) Osler is an internationally renowned surgeon and a dedicated advocate for health and health care.  Born and raised in Winnipeg to immigrant parents from the Philippines and India, she completed her medical school and residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Manitoba.  She then did further subspecialty training at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.  Dr. Osler holds a Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care from the University of British Columbia and has completed the Director’s Education Program from the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Senator Osler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Manitoba and was the Head of the Section or Otolaryngology-Head and Neck at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg from 2010 to 2019.  In 2018, she became the first female surgeon and the first racialized woman elected as President of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).  While at the CMA she championed principles of equity, diversity and inclusion within medicine and led the development of the CMA’s first ever policy on equity and diversity.  Senator Osler has held leadership roles with the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, was the 2021-22 President of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada, the 2022-22 Chair of the Canadian Medical Forum, and Co-Chair of the Virtual Care Task Force from 2019-2022.

She is the recipient of numerous honours and awards.

Senator Osler currently sits on the Standing Committee of Social Affairs, Science and Technology.

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