Tobias Enverga

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The Honourable
Tobias Enverga
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Senator for Ontario
In office
September 6, 2012 – November 16, 2017
Nominated by Stephen Harper
Appointed by David Johnston
TCDSB Trustee for Ward 8
In office
December 1, 2010 – September 5, 2012
Preceded by Oliver Carroll
Succeeded by Garry Tanuan
Personal details
Born (1955-12-02)December 2, 1955
Died November 16, 2017(2017-11-16) (aged 61)
Medellín, Colombia
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Rosemer
Children 3 daughters (Rystle, Reeza and Rocel)
Alma mater Colegio de San Juan de Letran, York University, Centennial College

Tobias C. Enverga Jr. (December 2, 1955 – November 16, 2017) was a Canadian senator representing the province of Ontario.

Early life and career[edit]

Enverga was born in the Philippines.[1] He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in the Philippines, a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and a Computer Studies Certificate from Centennial College. At the time of his appointment, he was a project manager at the Bank of Montreal, where he has worked for more than 30 years.[2]

School trustee[edit]

He served as a school trustee on the Toronto Catholic District School Board until his appointment to the Senate and was the first Filipino-Canadian elected to public office in the city of Toronto.[1]

He was co-chair of the Asian Heritage Month Celebration for the Greater Toronto Area and was previously a director of the Canadian Multicultural Council - Asians in Ontario. He founded the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation and is a former president of the Philippine Independence Day Council.


Enverga was appointed to the Senate of Canada on September 6, 2012, where he sat as a Conservative.

He was the first Filipino-Canadian to sit in the Senate.[1] One of his primary focuses in the Senate was to advocate for people with Down syndrome, a condition that one of his daughters had.[1]


He died November 16, 2017, while on a parliamentary trip to Medellín, Colombia to attend the ParlAmericas Annual Plenary Assembly.[1][3][4]

Electoral Record[edit]


2010 Toronto election
Catholic District School Board
Trustee – Ward 8
Candidate Votes  %
Tobias Enverga 2,596 22.04%
Carol Williams 2,560 21.73%
Tom De Luca 1,460 12.39%
Paul Del Grande 1,371 11.64%
Theresa Pastore 1,365 11.59%
Leo Ng 1,336 11.34%
Benedict Aguiar 1,091 9.26%
Total 12,652 100%