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Huguette Labelle

Chair, Transparency International

Huguette Labelle CC OOnt (born April 15, 1939) is a retired Canadian civil servant and former Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, serving from 1994 until 2012.

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.