Appointed to the Senate by the Rt. Honourable Jean Chrétien, Senator Gerard Phalen represents the province of Nova Scotia and the Senatorial Division of Nova Scotia. He has served in the Senate of Canada since October 4, 2001.
He is currently a Member of the following Senate Committees: Transport and Communications, and Fisheries and Oceans.
Senator Phalen was an Industrial Mechanical Instructor in Nova Scotia for almost 25 years before retiring from teaching in 1991.
A distinguished union leader throughout most of his teaching career, he first served as a Board member and then Vice-President of the Nova Scotia Employees Union (1970-76). From 1976 to 1979, Senator Phalen served as President of the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union, Vice-President of the Council of Atlantic Provincial Employees and as a Board Member of the National Union of Provincial Government Employees. In 1995, he became a Board Member of the Nova Scotia Labour Standards Tribunal, a position he held until 1997.
During his tenure at both the Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology (NSEIT) - where he began his teaching career - and the University College of Cape Breton (UCCB), Senator Phalen also maintained a high level of involvement in institutional and collegial affairs. At the NSEIT, he notably served as Chairman of the Faculty Association and Chairman of the Negotiating Committee. At the UCCB, he was a member of the College Council for six years and Chairman of the Negotiating Committee for another six years, in addition to serving on various other committees.
Since 1999, he has been a Board Member of the Cape Breton-based ellph.com Solutions Inc.
Senator Phalen and his wife, Christina, have three children. He was born on March 28, 1934.