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TORONTO, Canada – Filipino Canadian Tobias C. Enverga Jr., a bank executive, has been appointed by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper member of the Senate, the upper house in Canada’s bicameral parliament.

Enverga is one of the 105 appointed Senate members representing Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories.

The Senate was created by the fathers of Canadian Confederation in 1867 to counterbalance representation by population in the House of Commons. In recent years, the Senate has bolstered the representation of underrepresented groups in Parliament, such as aboriginal people, minorities and women.

Enverga, 57, is the first Filipino-Canadian elected in the City of Toronto. He serves as a trustee of the Toronto Catholic District School Board. He isa Project Manager at the Bank of Montreal where he has worked for more than 30 years. He holds an economics degree from Letran College, Philippines; a master’s certificate in project management from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto; and a computer studies certificate from Centennial College in Toronto.

He has been involved in various organizations and charitable projects. He is co-chair of the Asian Heritage Month celebration for the Greater Toronto Area. He was past director of the Canadian Multicultural Council-Asians in Ontario. He is an active member of the Knights of Rizal and the Knights of Columbus. He is the founder of the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation. In 2012, Enverga was the recipient of the Queen’s 60th Diamond Jubilee Medal of Distinction.