Kelvin Ogilvie

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The Honourable
Kelvin Kenneth Ogilvie
Kelvin Ogilvie.jpg
Ogilvie in 2012
Senator for Annapolis Valley-Hants, Nova Scotia
Assumed office
August 27, 2009
Nominated by Stephen Harper
Appointed by Michaëlle Jean
Personal details
Born (1942-11-06) November 6, 1942 (age 74)
Summerville, Nova Scotia
Political party Conservative

Kelvin Kenneth Ogilvie, CM (born November 6, 1942),[1] is a Canadian academic and politician. A former president of Acadia University in Wolfville, he was named to the Senate of Canada as a Conservative on August 27, 2009.[2] He is an international expert in biotechnology, bio-organic chemistry and genetic engineering.[3]

Before politics[edit]

His scientific achievements include the development of an automated process for the manufacture of RNA,[4] and the invention of the drug Ganciclovir.[5]

Ogilvie served for three years as chair of Nova Scotia Premier’s Council for Innovation and is Senior Fellow for Postsecondary Education at the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, a rightwing thinktank. He served on the board of Genome Canada and chaired the Advisory Board of National Research Council’s Institute of Marine Bioscience and the Advisory Board of the Atlantic Innovation Fund.[5]

Ogilvie was named to the Order of Canada in 1991.[5]

Abbreviated biography[edit]

Senator Kelvin K. Ogilvie is a leading expert on biotechnology, bioorganic chemistry and genetic engineering. His scientific accomplishments include the development of the chemistry of the Biological's “Gene Machine”, an automated process for the manufacture of DNA. He is the inventor of Ganciclovir, a drug used worldwide to fight infections that occur when one’s immune system is weakened. Both of these achievements were recognized in 2000 as "Milestones of Canadian Chemistry in the 20th Century" by the Canadian Society of Chemistry.

  • He was named a Steacie Fellow in 1982
  • Admitted to the Order of Canada in 1991
  • In 1992 he received the Manning Principal Award as Canada’s outstanding contributor to innovation.
  • He was an inaugural inductee into the Nova Scotia Discovery Centre Science and Technology Hall of Fame in 2002.
  • Dr. Ogilvie was inducted into the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame in Ottawa in November, 2011.
  • In 2013 he received the Rx&D Health Research Foundation Medal of Honour for his outstanding contributions to health sciences and public health innovation.

Dr. Ogilvie was appointed to the Canadian Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on August 27, 2009. He is currently the Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology and the Chair of Research Canada’s Health Research Caucus.

Media Controversy[edit]

A day after Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose removed Senator Lynn Beyak from the Senate's Aboriginal Peoples committee for defending the residential school system, Senator Kelvin Ogilvie was heard calling CBC reporters parasites.[6] The remark was captured on CBC News cameras, and when questioned about his comment moments later he stated: "I don't recall that. Did you hear that? What kind of silliness is this? Why don't you folks go away and find somebody else to bother?".


  1. ^ Senators
  2. ^ "Harper makes nine new Senate appointments". Toronto Star, August 27, 2009.
  3. ^ "'I'll fight for things I believe in': Senator Demers Ex-Canadiens coach appointed to Senate". Archived from the original on August 30, 2009. Retrieved 2017-05-04. . The Gazette. August 28, 2009
  4. ^ Profile : Kelvin Kenneth Ogilvie. Retrieved on April 21, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c Senators – Detailed Information. (August 27, 2009). Retrieved on April 21, 2014.
  6. ^ "Conservative senators defend Lynn Beyak, as media called 'parasites'". CBC News. Retrieved 2017-04-06. 

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