Marty Klyne BAdmin’86 and Beverley Busson LLD’17 appointed to Senate

By Greg Duck Posted: September 26, 2018 8:40 a.m.

University of Regina alumni Marty Klyne and Honorary Degree recipient Beverley Busson are headed to Ottawa after their appointment to Senate this past Tuesday.
University of Regina alumni Marty Klyne and Honorary Degree recipient Beverley Busson are headed to Ottawa after their appointment to Senate this past Tuesday. UR External Relations

Adding another accomplishment to their already prolific careers, University of Regina alumni Marty Klyne and Beverley Busson have been appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Klyne graduated from the U of R with honours before embarking on a renowned career in the province’s business community. A Cree Métis, Klyne has devoted much of his career to advancing the economic development of Indigenous communities.

Klyne has held a number of leadership positions including as publisher/CEO of The Star Phoenix and The Regina Leader-Post, President and CEO of Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation, President and CEO of Regina Regional Economic Development Authority, President of the 2003 Grey Cup in Regina, President and CEO of SaskMétis Economic Development Corporation, Lecturer at the First Nations University of Canada, and COO of the Regina Pats.

In 2013, Klyne’s accomplishments were celebrated by the U of R with the Alumni Crowning Achievement award for Distinguished Professional Achievement. The award is given to an alumnus who has achieved professional excellence and demonstrated leadership in their pursuit of success. Klyne will represent Saskatchewan.

Also appointed to the Senate on Tuesday was Beverley Busson. Her career began in 1974 when she joined the first class of women to serve in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). In 2006, Busson was appointed RCMP Commissioner on a temporary basis - the first female to hold the position. Her role as a trailblazer was awarded with an Honorary Degree in 2017. Busson will represent British Columbia.

"Mr. Klyne has vast experience in the area of Indigenous business development, and Dr. Busson is an inspiring example of and advocate for women’s leadership," says Dr. Vianne Timmons, University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor.  “Canadians will benefit a great deal from the experience and commitment to public service that they will bring to the Senate.”

Timmons was recently appointed to the Independent Advisory Board for Senate appointments, joining the board that recommends Senate appointments.

Read about Klyne’s Alumni Crowning Achievement Award here.