Born in Arvida, Quebec, and educated in Switzerland, the United States, and Canada, Heather Lank holds both a masters and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Toronto.
Dr. Lank joined the federal Public Service in 1990 as an operational auditor with Correctional Service Canada. She began her career with the Senate of Canada administration in 1991 as a committee clerk, and has assumed progressively senior leadership roles over the past 27 years.
Dr. Lank has served as Principal Clerk of the Senate Chamber Operations and Procedure Office since 2015. In this capacity, she is responsible for procedural, administrative, and informational support for all Senate sittings, including providing advice and support to the Speaker of the Senate on matters of procedure and practice.
She is also responsible for the preparation and publication of official parliamentary documents, including the Order Paper and Notice Paper, Journals of the Senate, Debates of the Senate, as well as numerous documents on parliamentary procedure.
Dr. Lank is a highly regarded leader, manager, and fluently bilingual communicator and educator with an in-depth knowledge of Canada’s parliamentary system and services.