Office Staff


Stéphane Laviolette

Political Strategic Advisor and Office Manager since 2017


Stéphane Laviolette is a young Franco-Ontarian from Ottawa. He is passionate about issues related to the Francophonie, the environment and Canadian federal politics. Stéphane has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Ottawa. At the start of his career, he worked within a Ministerial Appointments Unit in the public service. After working briefly at the House of Commons, he ventured into business leading his own SME business for two and a half years.

Stéphane has been involved in his community through volunteering and by sitting on a few boards of directors for not-for-profit organisations, including Tel-Aide Outaouais and Snow Pride. At the Senate, his centers of interest are the environment, the Latin American community and international relations. Stéphane is bilingual in French and English, and has a functional knowledge of Spanish.

Cheryl Soullière, MSc., BSc. (Hons), BA., DipSustainability

Parliamentary Research Assistant since 2023

Cheryl Soullière grew up in Northern Ontario. She attended the University of Guelph earning an Honours Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Genetics with a minor in Microbiology. After working as a Quality Assurance Technician, Laboratory Technician, and Research Technician Cheryl earned her Master of Science in Biology from the University of Waterloo. She went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, a Diploma in French Language II, and a Diploma in Sustainability, also from the University of Waterloo.

Cheryl has been involved in her community for more than 30 years as a member of Girl Guides of Canada. As an accomplished scientist with a keen interest in human societies, language, culture, environment and health, and climate change she has developed distinctive research expertise. She is passionate about sustainability, protecting the environment, food security, and equity. Cheryl’s interdisciplinary background brings a unique perspective and unparalleled skill to her work which focuses on research and analysis for committee work and communications including Op-Eds and Senate speeches and statements.