Huguette Labelle

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Huguette Labelle

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Huguette Labelle at the 2011 World Economic Forum India Economic Summit
President of the Canadian International Development Agency
In office
Preceded byJocelyne Bourgon
Deputy Minister of Transport
In office
Preceded byGlen Shortliffe
Succeeded byJocelyne Bourgon
Chairperson of the Public Service Commission of Canada
In office
Preceded byEdgar Gallant
Succeeded byRobert J. Giroux
Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet
In office
ClerkGordon Osbaldeston
Under-Secretary of State for Canada
In office
Preceded byPierre Juneau
Succeeded byRobert Rabinovitch
Personal details
Born (1939-04-15) April 15, 1939 (age 80)
Rockland, Ontario
Alma materUniversity of Ottawa
OccupationCivil servant

Huguette Labelle CC OOnt (born April 15, 1939) is a Canadian retired civil servant and former Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, serving from 1994 until 2012. She has been the chair of the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments since 2016.

Born in Rockland, Ontario, she received a Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy in education from the University of Ottawa.

From 1973 to 1980, she held senior management posts in the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs and in Health and Welfare Canada. From 1980 to 1985, she was Under Secretary of State for the Department of the Secretary of State. In 1985, she was Associate Secretary to the Cabinet and Deputy Clerk of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada. From 1985 to 1990, she was the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission of Canada. From 1990 to 1993, she was the Deputy Minister of Transport.

From 1993 to 1999, she was the president of the Canadian International Development Agency. Labelle headed the Canadian delegation which participated in the first Tokyo International Conference on African Development in October 1993.[1]

In 1998, she was the deputy head of the Millennium Bureau of Canada. She retired in 1999.

In 2002, she was appointed to the Board of Governors of the Canadian Centre for Management Development.

In 1994 she was appointed Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, and served until 1 February 2012 when she was replaced by the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean.

In November 2005, she was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of Transparency International.

On January 19, 2016, she was appointed to Chair the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments, to advise the Prime Minister on Senate appointments.



  1. ^ Institute of Public Administration of Vanier Medal{dead link}
  2. ^ Outstanding Achievement Award of the Public Service of Canada{dead link}


  1. ^ Japan, Ministry for Foreign Affairs: 12 donor countries + EC
  2. ^ "30 Appointees Named To Ontario's Highest Honour".
  3. ^ University of Notre Dame. "Honorary Degrees". Archived from the original on 13 August 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2011.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Gordon Henderson
Chancellor of the University of Ottawa
1994 – 2012
Succeeded by
Michaëlle Jean