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The Honourable Senator Colin Deacon 

Senator Colin Deacon (he/him/il) was appointed to represent Nova Scotia in the Senate of Canada in June 2018. A lifelong entrepreneur, he passionately believes that we must build a more inclusive economy if we want a more resilient economy. As a result, Senator Deacon believes that entrepreneurship is a tool to not just enable economic empowerment in communities across our country, but to create positive social change. Recently, he is most focused on harnessing the digital economy, improving Canada’s public and private sector competitiveness, and incentivizing and empowering the private sector to aggressively address climate change.

For press inquiries, Senator Deacon's official biography and photo can be found here. A profile of the Senator can also be found here.

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David Dlab, Director of Parliamentary Affairs 

David (he/him/il) is an accomplished finance professional with over eight years of experience in the private sector. Prior to joining Senator Deacon's office, he was in the Treasury of George Weston in Toronto, Finning International in Vancouver and ExxonMobil in Prague. His experience spans corporate development and strategy, M&A, liquidity management and credit analysis. He is passionate about finding market based solutions to the complex challenges facing Canadian society and the global economy. He speaks four languages and has lived in multiple cities both in Canada and around the globe.


David holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from UBC Sauder School of Business and a BSc in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Montreal.


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Benedicta Arthur, Parliamentary Research Assistant

Benedicta (she/her/elle) is a dynamic professional with experience working in the international and nonprofit sphere. Prior to joining the Senate, she worked at the United Nations Office for Project Services in Geneva, Switzerland, TED Conferences in New York City and the American Red Cross in Michigan. She is passionate about finding innovative solutions to achieve effective and inclusive legislative and public policy outcomes. 

Benedicta holds a BA in International Relations and Strategic Communication from Calvin University and a MA in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan.

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Vladyslava Aleksenko, Project Lead—Digital Government

Vladyslava (she/her/elle) has more than 7+ years of management background in the private sector and nonprofit sphere. Previously, her work centred on consulting and digital solutions, providing strategic counsel and direction to clients across industries on strategy development, marketing science and digital transformations. Vladyslava has experience in coordinating projects in partnership with the House of Commons of Canada, the German Federal Foreign Office, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Schwarzkopf-Stiftung Junges Europa, European Commission. As a person, her passion and motivation are people. She is actively involved in volunteering and helping people evacuate from front-line cities in Ukraine.

Vladyslava holds a MA degree with honours in International Economic Relations from V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University.

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