Brexit: What does it mean for Canada?
Her Excellency Janice Charette, High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Janice Charette assumed her responsibilities as Canadian High Commissioner to theUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on September 7, 2016.
Prior to this, Ms. Charette served as Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet from October 2014 to January 2016 where she served as the principal public service advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Prime Minister Stephen Harper as well as the head of the public service.
She was Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet from January 21, 2013 to October 5, 2014. She also held the position of Deputy Minister ofIntergovernmental Affairs from November 15,2010 to January 2013.
Ms. Charette served as Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), Deputy Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (2004-2006), and Associate Deputy Minister at Health Canada(2003-2004).
In 2001, Ms. Charette joined the Privy Council Office as Assistant Secretary to Cabinet for Priorities and Planning, and was named Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet for Plans andConsultations in 2002. Previously, she held theposition of Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy at the Department of Justice.
Ms. Charette worked in the private sector from 1996 to 1999, first as Principal in the management consulting firm of Ernst & Young, and as Director of the Transition Team for the newly formed Canada Pension PlanInvestment Board.
From 1994 to 1996, Ms. Charette worked at PCO as Coordinator of the Base Closures Task Force and then on the Program Review exercise. In the early portion of her career, she worked for the Department of Finance, theOffice of Privatization and Regulatory Affairs, the Federal-Provincial Relations Office, and the Prime Minister’s Office.
Ms. Charette is a member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group and is a champion for mental health and wellness in the workplace. In 2008, she was national Chair for the United Way’sGovernment of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign, raising over CAD$36 million for communities and national health charities across Canada. She was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Womenin 2013 and 2014.
Ms. Charette attended Carleton University, where she received a Bachelor of Commerce. She is married to Reg Charette, and they have two adult children - Jed and Cassie.