His Honour Joseph Day has achieved great things in his life, both as a cadet and in his career as a private practice lawyer and senator. Senator Day is perhaps best known in military circles for his tireless work on behalf of veterans.
Born in 1945, Senator Day enrolled in CMR in 1963 as a member of the Canadian Air Force and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from RMC in 1968. During his final year at RMC Senator Day served as the captain of the varsity soccer team, and was awarded Outstanding College Athlete as well as Best All-Round Graduate. Upon his departure from the RMC, Senator Day studied law at Queen’s University and went on to earn his Masters of Law from Osgoode Hall at York University. Day has worked on the legal side of a number of firms throughout his career, and is called to the bars of New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario. His engineering studies at RMC allowed him to focus on topics pertinent to intellectual property, and patent and trademark issues.
While working in Toronto, Senator Day became very involved in the Toronto Branch of the RMC club, and after 5 years of involvement was asked to serve on the Executive Council. Day volunteered with the National Executive for three years until he decided to run for office as a Liberal in his native New Brunswick. Day continued to remain involved with RMC, aiding in the establishment of RMC branches across Canada, and his involvement culminated in his terms as National President of the RMC club in 1996, and National President of the RMC Foundation from 1998 to 2000. In 2002, Senator Day became an Honourary Lieutenant Colonel. He continued to serve on the RMC board of governors until January 2007.
In 2001, Senator Day was called to the Senate at the request of Jean Chrétien and currently represents New Brunswick. Day serves on a number of committees ranging from Veterans Affairs, to Antiterrorism and National Security and Defence. Day is also involved with several inter-parliamentary associations including the Canada-China Legislative Association and the NATO Parliamentary Association. Senator Day's term in office extends to 2020.