Dyane Adam

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Dyane Adam
Commissionner of Official Language
In office
Preceded by Victor Goldbloom
Succeeded by Graham Fraser
Personal details
Born 1953
Casselman, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater University of Ottawa
Profession Psycologist, University Professor

Dyane Adam, CM (born 1953 in Casselman, Ontario) was the Canadian Official Languages Commissioner. She was responsible for promoting bilingualism within the government of Canada. She holds a Doctor's degree in psychology from the University of Ottawa and taught at this university, as well as at Glendon College and Laurentian University.

After she had led a campaign to preserve bilingualism at York University and Montfort Hospital, then-Prime Minister Jean Chrétien appointed her Official Languages Commissioner.[1]

As Commissionner of Official Languages, she has often been critical of the government in regards to the application of the Official Languages Act within the Canadian Forces, on the Internet, in Ottawa and in the airline industry. She took part in the elaboration of the 2003-2008 government action plan on official languages. She had a key role in the 2005 modification of the Official languages act, which expanded the prerogatives of part 7 of the act, requirering all federal departments and agencies to take positive actions for the development of Official Languages minority communities.[2]

In September 2006, after her term had been extended by several months, it was announced that Graham Fraser would replace her.

In recognition of her achievements, she was awarded honorary doctorates from McGill University, University of Ottawa, Université de Moncton, Laurentian University, Saint Paul University as well as an honorary diploma from Collège Boréal. Dr. Adam was also made Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes académiques de la France et Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Pléiade de l'Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie. She received the Golden Jubilee Medal of the Order of Canada in 2013.

In September 2016, Adam was named head of the planning committee for the creation of the Franco-Ontarian university.[3]

Government offices
Preceded by
Victor Goldbloom
Commissioner of Official Languages
Succeeded by
Graham Fraser


  1. ^ "biography". 
  2. ^ "The Commissioner of Official Languages - Biographical Notes". www.officiallanguages.gc.ca. The Office of the Commissionner of Official Languages. Retrieved 2018-02-19. 
  3. ^ ICI.Radio-Canada.ca, Zone Société -. "Université franco-ontarienne : Dyane Adam nommée à la tête du conseil de planification". Radio-Canada.ca (in French). Retrieved 2018-02-21.